The WPA Guide to 1930s New Mexico
Compiled by the Workers of the Writers’ Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of New Mexico
The University of Arizona Press, Tucson
Softcover, first edition 1989, 458 pages. Illustrated with vintage photographs. New condition
“In no other single book is the essence of this region gathered for the general reader so schematically, so accessibly and so interestingly as in this volume. . . . New Mexico has reason to be proud of this civilized and entertaining book.” So wrote Axton Clark in the New York Times when this practical guidebook was first published as part of the Work Projects Administration’s American Guide Series. Half a century later, it stands as a historic document containing a wealth of information about New Mexico’s places and people.
The WPA Guide to 1930s New Mexico leads the modern traveler along eighteen fascinating road trips and offers an unimpeachable reference for comparing what is with what once was. Enhanced by the outstanding photography of Laura Gilpin and Ernest Knee, it captures the spirit of a place and time that still lingers in the “Land of Enchantment.”
“A charming backward look at New Mexico as it was before progress changed it . . . Full of nostalgia for old-timers and of history for newcomers. A real classic.” Tony Hillerman