Midwest Book Review on Faces, Places, and Days Gone By Mikel B. Classen

Faces, Places, and Days Gone By — Volume 1
Mikel B. Classen
Modern History Press
9781615997251, $34.95, HC, 138pp

Synopsis: With the publication of  Faces, Places, and Days Gone By – Volume 1: A Pictorial History of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Mikel Classen’s pictorial history is the next best thing to a time machine, as we get a front-row seat in the worlds of shipping and shipwrecks, iron and copper mining, timber cutting, hunting and fishing and the everyday lives of ordinary folks of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula across more than 100 years.

“Faces, Places and Days Gone By” peers into our past through the lenses of those that lived and explored it. See what they saw as time passed and how the U.P. evolved into the wondrous place we know today.

Drawn from the Classen’s unique collection, “Faces, Places and Days Gone By” is comprised of newly restored images from long lost stereoviews, cabinet cards, postcards and lithograph engravings. It takes the armchair traveler on a visual journey to relive some of those moments, and discover a unique heritage through those faces and places from the Soo to Ironwood, from Copper Harbor to Mackinaw Island.

Critique: A unique and exceptional pictorial history of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, each fully captioned black/white historical photo is a treasure, with the entire “Faces Places and Days Gone By” collection being an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library American History collection. It should be noted that “Faces Places and Days Gone By” is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781615997244, $19.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $5.95).

Editorial Note: Mikel B. Classen (www.mikelbclassen.com) has been writing and photographing northern Michigan in newspapers and magazines for over thirty-five years, creating feature articles about the life and culture of Michigan’s north country. Currently he is managing editor of the U.P. Reader and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association.

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