Lorain-The Real Postcards of Willis Leiter

January 21, 2014 at 1:50 pm 5 comments

Dan Brady ‘s Blog

As part of the celebration surrounding this book, my blog this week will focus entirely on Willis Leiter – his life, his work and even his former home on East Erie in Lorain. Plus, more about the book!

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Postcard  History  Series

Postcard History Series

The cover and back cover of the book depicting Lorain in its heyday

A new book about Lorain will be going on sale Monday January 27th 2014, published by Arcadia Publishing

Lorain: The Real Photo Postcards of Wilis Leiter, $21.99 will be available at local retailers, online bookstores, or through Arcadia Publishing at www. arcadiapublishing.com or (888) 313-2665. I believe locally you will be able to purchase the book through what was Black River Historical Society – now Lorain Historical Society-(440)245-2563 – they will also be holding a book signing in March


This is a collaborative effort by authors Albert Doane, Bill Jackson Paula Shorf, Bruce Waterhouse Jr., and Mathew Weisman-

“Bill Jackson and Paula Shorf are longtime collectors of Leiter real photos postcards. They joined forces with Lorain historians Albert Doane, Mathew Weisman, and Bruce Leiter Waterhouse Jr. – a great-grandson of the photographer” …..

“Between the years of 1908-1915, Willis Leiter carefully composed and skillfully developed images of life in early Lorain. The authors explain ” This is Lorain in its heyday- business booming, citizens marching in parades, streetcars traveling up and down Broadway and Willis Leiter was there capturing it all through his photographs.


ED NOTE:For those who “remember” and care for Lorain and her history or wish to get to know this old town, her people and places this is a terrific publication – 128 pages of a time gone by and yet still captured in the pages and in the hearts of the authors and hopefully the readers .

Ed: Note all information is derived from the publishers Arcadia Publishing and Mary Margaret Schley- Publishing Editor

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Renee Dore  |  January 21, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Thanks for the reminder….should be a very interesting book.

  • 2. muley  |  January 21, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    wondering….if maybe something in this book about my momma and her little delicatessen at 23rd and broadway. barnes and nobles, Loraine?

  • 3. Loraine Ritchey  |  January 21, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Muley a quick look I didn’t see anything but there are so many photos you could probably order through the publisher info in the post if you didn’t want to wait.. It is a very interesting paperback

  • 4. Rich Robbin  |  January 21, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Will be very interesting! Thanks

  • 5. Linda Jean Limes Ellis  |  February 1, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    I just got my copy of the book in today. The Leiter Studio was in Lorain from 1901 to 1917 per the book (his bio on page 8), so that is the time frame of his post card photographs.

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