The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 79, July 1975 - April, 1976

Book Reviews

yet it is difficult to distinguish one photographer's work from another. The
author would have done more justice to the competence of Texas's photog-
raphers, if she had attempted to show the stylistic development of commer-
cial photography during the past seventy-five years and the different ways
in which its practitioners have approached their work.
To date, little has been done on the history of photography at the regional
and local level. Both Texas and the Southwest have much to offer the
photohistorian, and one can only hope that a serious book on this subject
will be forthcoming in the near future.
Anderson, Texas WENDY V. WATRISS
Collin County: Pioneering in North Texas. By Captain Roy F. Hall and
Helen Gibbard Hall. (Quanah, Texas: Nortex Press, 1975- Pp. 299-
Illustrations.)
Helen Gibbard Hall has combined a few of her late husband's articles,
columns, and stories with many family histories to produce this book about
Collin County. It is not a typical county history. When she lets Captain
Hall do the telling, the stories are interesting and unusual. Unfortunately
there is no continuity or transition from section to section. The book in no
way attempts an update of Collin County history. It does contain a large
number of interesting and valuable photographs. The section on Collin
County churches is especially beautiful.
The section of family histories is very uneven, indicating no attempt at
editing by the author. Since each family history was a voluntary contribu-
tion, researchers should be careful to check the facts presented.
By far the most interesting section of the book is the one entitled, "Mis-
cellaneous." Captain Hall describes the big celebration held for the com-
pletion of the 1876 Court House; and vividly recounts one of the Confed-
erate and Old Settlers picnics. If, as Mrs. Hall says, she has enough of
this type of material to fill four books, then why not publish a collection
of Captain Hall's writings?
Weatherford, Texas WILLIAM O. WITHERSPOON
Texas Cities and the Great Depression. By Robert C. Cotner, et al.
(Austin: Texas Memorial Museum, 1973. Pp. v+215. Introduction,
illustrations, index. $7.50; paper, $4.95.)
This book describes how eleven Texas cities fared during the Great
Depression. Each chapter in the book is devoted to a particular Texas city

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