Heritage, Volume 5, Number 1, Spring 1987 Page: 44
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homes of rancher John J. Welder and
banker Charles G. Levi, and the 1900
Leffland home. The authors also chose
photographs of leading citizens and group
photos showing Victoria's cultural and social
activities. Many photographs document
buildings that have been tom down,
and detailed captions often give the reader
a good idea of where the building was
located. Later chapters illustrate the
changes in Victoria with the progress of
the twentieth century.
Critically, Victoria: A Pictorial History
has few problems. In layout and format
the book is similiar to other pictorial histories.
Textual chapters are followed by
artfully arranged pages of historic photographs
with informative captions. To
their credit the authors do not diminish
the importance of the historic photographs
by using glossy color photos in
the later sections that deal with modem
Victoria. There are a few typographical
errors and only one or two inconsistencies
dealing with proper names.
On the other hand, too much emphasis
is placed on names of individuals, and
there is a slight repetition of some material
that could have been remedied with a
little more editing. When first encoun
tered, the bibliography is disappointing.
Sources are general and taken mostly
from newspaper and magazine articles
about Victoria. The index is useful but
once again places too much importance
on individual names to the detriment of
those seeking general information about
Overall, the book admirably fulfills
its purpose. It provides a photographic
record of the diverse heritage of Victoria
and contains information on all the various
facets of the town's life. The book
paints a picture of Victoria as an old,
prosperous town deserving of greater recognition
than mere description as "that
small town between Houston and Corpus
Christi." While written and intended for
a local audience, the book should appeal
to a statewide readership.
Ann Alcorn is a freelance writer living in Austin,
Texas. Originally from Victoria, she currently is
researching Victoria's architectural history.
Seven Pines: Its Occupants
and Their Letters, 1825-1872
Seven Pines: Its Occupants and Their
Letters, 1825-1872. By Camilla Davis
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Methodist University Press, Dallas.)
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