Portraits of Wisconsin Bars
By Carl Corey
Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2011. Edition of 75.
9.75 x 10"; 134 pages. Bound in black bookcloth with titles on spine. Includes two original signed 11 x 11" prints (signed and numbered). In custom cloth-covered box (1.75 x 12") with title embossed on front cover. Signed and numbered by Corey.
Carl Corey, About Tavern League (2011): "The Tavern League project portrays a unique and important segment of the Wisconsin community. Throughout history the local tavern or pub has served as a communal gathering place, offering conversation and interaction among neighbors and friends. Bars are also unique micro-communities, offering a sense of belonging to their patrons. Many of these bars are the only public gathering place in the rural communities they serve. These simple taverns offer the individual the valuable opportunity for face-to-face conversation and camaraderie, particularly as people become more physically isolated through the accelerated use of the internet's social networking, mobile texting, Facebook, LinkedIn, gaming, and the rapid fire of email.
"It is impossible that the Wisconsin tavern can endure this cultural and electronic bombardment without going through transition. Evidence of this is already becoming visible, as there is an increasing number of small tavern closures and the impersonal mega sports bar becomes more prevalent. This series attempts to document Wisconsin taverns as they are today."
Includes foreword by Vincent Virga (Photo Editor) and introduction by Jim Draeger (Architectural Historian).