Images of Modern America: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Jared Frederick takes us on a photographic journey of his hometown. For over a century, Altoona, Pennsylvania, was a bustling industrial hotbed. The town thrived as a gem of the Pennsylvania Railroad, which constructed some 6,000 steam locomotives. However, like so many communities in the wake of World War II, Altoona struggled amidst de-industrialization and cultural shifts. The 1968 end of the Pennsylvania Railroad, a decreasing population, and a dying downtown slowly made the city a shadow of its former self.

However, recent developments reveal potential-as is seen in the presence of various corporations and institutions. Through rare images, the author exhibits lost local history as well as surviving treasures worth saving for the benefit of posterity and pride.

96 pages. Arcadia Publishing, 2014.