The Book of Watford - J. B. NunnWatford: J. B. & L. V. Nunn, 2003, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Some of the more heavily illustrated pages a little tacky otherwise a very well presented copy.
Contains: List of subscribers; Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; Colour photographs; Maps; Photographic end papers & blanks;
From the cover: “From small and insignificant beginnings Watford grew to have a printing and engineering impact way beyond that which could be expected of a small market town.
Market forces and changing technology have all but wiped away the traces of Watford’s recent manufacturing era, but a great number of its participants still live within the town. Many spent a working life with a single firm, to be left with only memories of their working days as they see the premises gone, redeveloped.
It is hoped that this ‘portrait’ of the town, as it was, will rekindle the best of those memories for all who have an affinity for it.
The book presents a remarkably wide and varied picture of life through past decades. Watford’s once favourite shopping street, the High Street, is shown end to end. The High Street strips-now historic-have been likened to the charming small-scale pottery models of streets and houses; and some of the people, going about their business, compared to ‘Lowry-esque’ images but against many sections of the strips ‘locator’ comparison pictures from earlier eras have been inserted.
This all-new work draws upon Bob Nunn’s previous books to present the best of the three in a thoroughly up-dated version in which colour has an important role.”