The End of An Era: Willow Grove Park
By Sandra C. Davis
Burlington, New Jersey: Sandra C. Davis, 2007. Edition of 120.
6.25 x 6.5"; 36 pages. Printed offset at the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Three-signature pamphlet style binding. Bound in paper wraps with a letterpress printed cover. Cover photo inkjet printed using archival inks. Signed and numbered by the artist.
Sandra C. Davis: "This... artist's book tells the story of the Victorian amusement park built in the town where I grew up. Filled with gathered personal memories of the park from its heyday, it also include my experiences of photographing the park in its abandoned state. Over 20 original photographs shot in 1979 depict the park as it appeared months before demotion. Eight full-color reproductions of historic postcards are also included."
Introduction: "Willow Grove Park opened on Memorial Day in 1896. . . . Built and operated by the People's Traction Company, it was located less than fifteen miles outside of Philadelphia as a destination for folks to ride the new trolley line on weekends. Situated over two adjoining farms spanning 92 acres, the park boasted three artificial lakes, . . . Among the first buildings erected on the site were a casino (cafe), a lodge, several pavilions and the famous band shell where free outdoor concerts were held."