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Logomotive Book Available Now in the USA

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Logomotive was published in the US on April 1 and has experienced strong demand. Following a re-stock, we recommend you buy direct from our Chicago warehouse, operated by iPg. You can order online by clicking the BUY DIRECT button below or you can call with an order on 800 888-4741 or 312 337-0747. To support local bookstores, you can place an order through IndieBound.

Presented on a red background is a black and white railroad graphic of Zephyrus, winged god of the west wind, pointing to the future above a speeding, three-car diesel train. The title Logomotive follows in bold, yellow, Art Deco lettering.

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The pandemic has seriously disrupted our US supply chain over the past year, so if you encounter problems, please click the CONTACT UK button and write to our sales team. We will gladly help from our end. You are also welcome to write to our editorial department or press office, using the email addresses listed on our contact page. Having spent two and a half years creating Logomotive, we are always interested to talk about it!

Presented on a red background is a black and white railroad graphic of Zephyrus, winged god of the west wind, pointing to the future above a speeding, three-car diesel train. The title Logomotive follows in bold, yellow, Art Deco lettering.

LOGOMOTIVE: Railroad Graphics and the American Dream

During the 1960s and 1970s Ian Logan made numerous trips photographing the bold, energetic railroad graphics he found painted on locomotives, boxcars, and cabooses. His 35 mm transparencies are now a valuable historical archive. Over the years he has built up a collection of related magazines and newspapers, letterheads, timetables, brochures, matchbooks, ashtrays, badges, posters, and postcards. Together they form a visual feast, a salute in his own words to "the most exciting collection of graphic imagery ever to have been produced in this field anywhere in the world."

“Ian Logan and Jonathan Glancey are to be congratulated for assembling such a rich collection of images with a strong narrative that captures the spirit of an age and its boundless confidence.”
Norman Foster

A celebration of marketing magic

To this cornucopia of vintage railroad graphics, the distinguished design commentator Jonathan Glancey – another lifelong railway enthusiast – brings a well-informed, perceptive analysis of its iconography, of the way every aspect of the railroads, from the locomotives and rolling stock to architecture, advertisements and timetables, was designed to project an image of speed, efficiency, adventure and the American dream.

“An authoritative overview of the high tide of railroad design, written by professionals who really know their business.”
Kevin Keefe, Railroad Heritage Magazine