Traces of Forgotten Places
An Artist's Thirty-year Exploration and Celebration of Texas as it Was
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Traces of Forgotten Places by Don Collins
Book DescriptionFor more than half a century, Austin artist Don Collins crisscrossed Texas looking for traces of the past. Most often he has found them in a variety of old buildings. Drawings of these places, thirteen a year, appeared for three decades in popular calendars issued in Austin by the Miller Blueprint Company. The publications themselves have become collectors' items.In order to prepare his annual calendars, Don frequented less-traveled byways and often forgotten places. When he discovered that he had begun retracing his routes, he bought a stack of Texas county road maps. The artist marked the courses that he had taken so that he would be sure to see new country on each subsequent foray: "I would seek out roads that followed the path of least resistance, often up a creek. I would follow them and usually find an old structure." In time he expanded his geographical range to more distant areas of the state: "I wanted to go there and see what it's like."In this book, Collins has chosen seventy from more than three hundred works of art that he created for the Miller Blueprint calendars. The carefully detailed renderings record buildings from farmhouses to industrial plants, from shanties to mansions. Through these pages viewers tour the state both visually and through the artist's own recollections about the remarkable range of places he has recorded with pencil and paper.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780875653617
(216mm x 279mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Texas Christian University Press,U.S.
Publisher: Texas Christian University Press,U.S.
Publish Date: 15-May-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Don Collins
Juan Seguin, Hardback (June 2010)
Despite having been forced to flee to Mexico and die in obscurity, Tejano Juan Seguin is recognised as a Texas hero. From his family's early support of settlers such as Stephen F. Austin to his years in the Texas Senate and as mayor of Bexar, this biography celebrates the life of Juan Seguin and his heroic efforts in securing Texas' independence.
David Crockett, Hardback (April 2009)
From his humble beginnings in east Tennessee to his valiant stand at the Alamo, this biography introduces middle readers to the real person behind the larger-than-life image of David Crockett. It separates fact from fiction as readers learn that Crockett did not really wear a coonskin cap and that he was never known as 'Davy' Crockett.
Gregorio Esparza, Hardback (April 2009)» View all books by Don Collins
As a member of the Texas army, Esparza fought to force Mexican troops from San Antonio. Celebrating the contributions of Tejanos to Texas history, this biography describes the colourful life of one of the Texans of Mexican descent who helped defend the Alamo - Gregorio Esparza.
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Author Biography - Don Collins
A native of Parker Country, DON COLLINS served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, attended classes at several Texas universities, and in 1956 entered an informal partnership with Austin printer Jack Wilson. Operating from a business they called The Art Studio, the two men designed and produced graphic arts materials for customers that ranged from real estate agents to book publishers. All this time Don inclined toward drawing old architectural works. Several large commissions from printers stimulated a long-time interest in rural scenes and architecture. He lives in Austin and Arlington. T. LINDSAY BAKER holds the W.K. Gordon Chair in Texas Industrial History at Tarleton State University. He is the author of more than twenty books on the history of Texas and the American West.
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