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Book Review: Images of America: C.F. Martin & Co.

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on Sat, 12/26/2015 - 16:10

C.F. Martin & Co. by Dick Boak
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a part of the Images of America Series and focused on the C.F. Martin & Co. located in my hometown of Nazareth, PA.

The author is Dick Boak, who I got to know during the time that I helped run a local art and music center in town.

The book, as the series indicates, presents a history of the company through pictures and the captions provide context.

The book begins with the Martin family's immigration to America and follows their story from New York City to Nazareth. Throughout this time the company evolves and grows as it is passed from one generation of Martin to another.

One surprise for me was a company picnic photo from 1926, which included a name I recognized, my great-great grandfather, of which I knew very little. Apparently, he worked at Martin.

Another part that I enjoyed was information about the string division, where I worked after school in HS and during the summer and holiday breaks while in college, before the operation was moved to Mexico. It even included a picture of our family friend, who ran that department and later was a part of the Artist Relations group.

If you are from the Nazareth area and enjoy local history, or play a Martin guitar, you'll likely enjoy this book.

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