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Hawai'i's Early Territorial Days
Viewed from Vintage Postcards by Island Curio

by Keith Steiner

Hawaii's Early Territorial Days

Discover "the good old days" of early 20th-century Hawaii through a collection of vintage postcards in Hawai'i's Early Territorial Days. In a time when local traditions still held sway over the population of the islands, before Honolulu and other areas were transformed into cosmopolitan cities, tourists from around the globe flocked to Hawaii to experience the lifestyle of the native people. Because portable cameras were not readily available to travelers, visitors instead sent their loved ones vivid postcards that depicted the sights and spirit of the islands.

Author Keith Steiner's grandfather ran Island Curio Co., one of many companies that produced these colorful cards, so his interest in the topic is both personal and artistic. The postcards in his collection represent the atmosphere of Hawaii: images of beaches, hula dancers, surfing, volcanoes, regional food and more. This is not just a picture book, however. Steiner also incorporates information on the islands' history, culture, tourism and the many changes that eventually modernized the area and introduced it to the rest of the world. Although the color and style of the text make it slightly challenging to read, Hawai'i's Early Territorial Days is packed full of informative content and beautiful illustrations that make it a great read for Hawaii aficionados.

Reviewed by Laurie Hartzell

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