Turn and Jump by Howard Mansfield
How Time & Place Fell Apart

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Before Thomas Edison, light and fire were thought to be one and the same. Turns out, they were separate things altogether. This book takes a similar relationship, that of time and place, and shows how they, too, were once inseparable. Before the railroads necessitated the creation of Standard Time zones in 1883, time keeping was a local affair. Small towns set their own pace according to the rising and setting of the sun. Our sudden interconnectedness, both physically and through inventions like the telegraph, changed our concept of time and place forever. Here, historic preservationist Howard Mansfield looks at a few of the clocks we carry. He explores time in a once common, now-vanished dry-goods store; in the invention of Continuous Vaudeville; in an old mill family defending water rights; in an 1880s Broadway hit that is still performed annually; and in the lingering effects of a bloody war that one historian calls the fi rst American Revolution—a war many Americans don’t even know happened.

About Howard Mansfield

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Howard Mansfield is a writer who specializes in the fields of history, preservation, and architecture. His work has appeared widely in newspapers and professional journals including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Inland Architect. His books include Skylark: The Life, Lies and Inventions of Harry Atwood and Turn and Jump: How Time and Place Fell Apart.
Published August 16, 2010 by Down East Books. 272 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Early in this fascinating gem, Mansfield (In the Memory House) explains how time and place, "once inseparable" (as with fire and light before Edison's electric bulb), became distinct concepts in the late 19th century when railroads created Standard Time Zones.

Nov 22 2010 | Read Full Review of Turn and Jump: How Time & Pla...

David G. Schwartz

But the way people think about time has changed dramatically over the last two hundred years, with local and natural time, based on sunrise, sunset, and the seasons, giving way to universal, artificial time, marked off by clocks and timetables.

Feb 04 2011 | Read Full Review of Turn and Jump: How Time & Pla...

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