Business is BOOMing at Whitman Publishing. Dennis Tucker submitted this press release for their latest non-numismatic title, into which they found room to incorporate a few tidbits
of interesting numismatic content. -Editor
BOOM!—Whitman Publishing Releases Fireworks Book
New Book Includes Numismatics in a Behind-the-Scenes Look at American Pyrotechnics
Whitman Publishing is releasing a new book by fireworks expert Dr. John Conkling. BOOM! America's Ever-Evolving Fireworks Industry will debut at the 69th Annual Meeting and
Convention of the American Pyrotechnics Association in San Diego, October 2–6, 2017. The richly illustrated 240-page hardcover book retails for $29.95. It can be pre-ordered from the publisher (at
Whitman.com) and will be available to the general public after the convention. A portion of its proceeds will benefit the APA's Safety & Education Foundation.
Whitman Publishing is best known for its books on numismatics (the study of coins, paper money, medals, and similar items), and some “heavy hitters” in the collectibles field opened their archives
for the richly illustrated BOOM!. Q. David Bowers, known as the “Dean of Numismatics” and the most prolific hobby author of all time, contributed photographs of Civil War tokens struck for George
Parsons of New York City, a fancy-goods and toy merchant who also was the New York agent for J.W. Hadfield's “First Premium Fireworks” in the 1860s. Stack's Bowers Galleries shared
photographs of coins from 1906—a Barber half dollar, a Barber quarter, and a Liberty Head nickel—to accompany other artifacts from the 1906 San Antonio International Fair. The Fair included a
“thrilling, realistic, spectacular” show of “The Fall of Port Arthur” (the longest and most violent land battle of the recently ended Russo-Japanese War), “terminating with a grand display of
Manhattan Beach Fire Works nightly.”And Heritage Auctions, the world's largest collectibles auctioneer and a major presence in the rare-coin market, contributed photographs of colorful historical
memorabilia including old posters, magazine covers, postcards, autographed portraits, comic strips, and other collectibles relating to fireworks.
“We're constantly looking for opportunities to include numismatics in mainstream books,” said Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker. “BOOM! will be read by thousands of American history
buffs. Our hope is that some of them might be drawn to the hobby by this exposure.”
Author John Conkling's experience in the field of pyrotechnics goes back to the 1970s. In 1971 he was an assistant professor of chemistry teaching at Washington College in Maryland. In 1972,
he stepped partway out of academia into a whole new world of fascinating people and technology—the world of fireworks.
In BOOM! Conkling takes his readers behind the scenes and shares more than 45 years of hands- on experience in the American fireworks industry.
With a natural storyteller's warmth and humor—and with unique insight from serving the American Pyrotechnics Association as its executive director and technical advisor—Conkling gives an
engaging history of fireworks in the United States since World War II. He shares stories of the industry's most famous personalities; his adventures traveling in China; the growth of federal
regulations and the challenges they bring; and the innovations of American technology. He tells about the fireworks of yesterday, today, and tomorrow—and even gives advice on how to succeed in this
booming entertainment field that brings joy to millions of Americans.
“I have had the unique opportunity to follow a fascinating industry through its transition into the 21st century,” writes Dr. Conkling. “I have met many interesting and unique people over the
years, traveling extensively throughout this country as well as taking more than 40 trips to China on fireworks-related issues, and I have had a lifetime of fascinating pyrotechnic experiences. Here
is my view of the journey.” More information on the APA's Annual Meeting and Convention can be found at www.AmericanPyro.com or by contacting Executive Director Julie Heckman at
BOOM! America's Ever-Evolving Fireworks Industry
By John A. Conkling
Hardcover, 8.5 x 11 inches, 240 pages, full color
Retail $29.95 U.S.
True story: when I was a kid, my friends and I pooled our cash to buy a box of M-80s from the local ne'er-do-wells. We went out in the woods and played hand genades. Great fun.
The book sounds fun, too, and more my speed today. -Editor
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