John Wilson To Sign Copies Of New Book Chattanooga In Old Photos At Zarzours On Thursday

Thursday, December 6, 2018

John Wilson will autograph copies of the new book Chattanooga in Old Photos, sponsored by Chattanoogan.com, at Zarzours Restaurant on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The limited edition of 800 copies is printed by College Press of Collegedale.

The new book includes almost 300 pages. It features hundreds of scenes from downtown, local landmarks, rivers and streams, parades, medical, banks, churches, entertainment, hotels, motels and apartments, restaurants, parks and cemeteries and auto and livery.

It is the fourth book in the collection called the Chattanooga Photo Books made possible by Chattanoogan.com.  All are in an 11x8 1/2 format with a soft cover.

The others are The Remarkable Stokes Collection, Railroads in and Around Chattanooga and Paul Hiener's Historic Chattanooga. One more old photo volume is planned for next year, which (we think) will be the final one of the set.

Mr. Wilson said, "All of the books are fully indexed. And photos have not been duplicated, though there may be several different views of the same scene in various books. When the series is complete, the owner of the set should be able to find photos of most of the Chattanooga landmarks down through the years as well as many of its businesses, industries, churches, schools and fine homes."

The more than 700 Stokes photos from around 1900 are by father and son David and Will Stokes, who were both commercial photographers in Chattanooga. The pictures were passed down through the family for over a century. They had been kept in several cardboard boxes and most had not been published before. Fewer than 150 copies remain of the initial printing of the Stokes book.

There are also a limited number of railroad books available. It has 69 chapters and covers rail history here and in surrounding towns. The book, with many photos by Wes Schultz, has 568 pages and 1,546 photos and maps.

Also still available are copies of Paul Hiener's Historic Chattanooga. Mr. Hiener, a longtime Chattanooga printer and lifelong resident, collected over 3,000 historic pictures of his beloved hometown. He made some of the photos available through a four-volume set called Chattanooga Yesterday and Today. The Hiener family in April 1985 donated the more than 3,000 historical Chattanooga photographs in his collection to the Chattanooga Public Library. They were eventually cataloged and are now viewable on the library's website. The 253-page Hiener book includes over 700 photos.

Zarzour's is on Rossville Avenue behind the Fire Hall #1 on Main Street. Other books in the Chattanooga Photo Series can be purchased there from Shannon Fuller. 

Cost for each of the books is $35, which includes the sales tax.  Those who want the books mailed to them can send $40 to John Wilson, PO Box 2331, Chattanooga, Tn., 37409.

Please make checks out to John Wilson - not to Chattanoogan.com.


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