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Book Release: “Portrait Of An Automobile Dealer” Third Edition

In September 2012, I created a self-published book version of this blog, entitled “Portrait of An Automobile Dealer”. In short, it’s an updated and chronologically ordered version of this blog. A second edition was published in place of the first edition, which was released in 2013. Now, after five years, the third, and final edition, is available through Blurb.com print-on-demand bookstore. Overall, since the second edition, “Portrait Of An Automobile Dealer” Third Edition has expanded to 224 pages and is enhanced by over 600 photographs, some of them more than 100 years old, taken by Lewis Reed, founder of Reed Brothers Dodge. The third edition again has loads of small updates, including a new chapter: “Celebrating a Legacy”.

In this book, readers will find an historic timeline that showcases the company’s 95-year history, how Reed Brothers Dodge came into being, and how the company overcame the inevitable changes and challenges throughout almost a decade of being in business. “This book is of interest not only to those of us who remember Reed Brothers Dodge, but to others who wish to get to know Rockville as it was before they arrived”, said Jane C. Sween, former librarian at the Montgomery County Historical Society.

The author puts the former Dodge dealership in perspective by demonstrating that the dealerships influence continues to this day on the site of its former location, now the Bainbridge Shady Grove Metro Apartments. “Honoring the rich historical legacy of this site was extremely important to us,” said Tom Keady, President & Chief Executive Officer of The Bainbridge Companies. “With the sculpture and the floor plan names, our residents and visitors feel a real connection to the site’s past, and we pay tribute to Reed Brothers Dodge’s role in creating a vibrant Rockville.”

Blog creator and book author, Jeanne Gartner, received the 2016 Arthur M. Wagman Award for Historic Preservation Communication from Peerless Rockville for documenting the history of Reed Brothers Dodge in both blog and book format. This distinguished honor recognizes outstanding achievement by writers, educators, and historians whose work has heightened public awareness of Rockville’s architectural and cultural heritage, growth and development. The book is an “exemplary effort to inform, establishing a virtual commemoration of a landmark, which lacks surviving tangible form”, noted Peerless Rockville.

The book “Portrait Of An Automobile Dealer, Third Edition” is available through Blurb.com print-on-demand bookstore. If you would like to check out the hard copy book or purchase a copy, please visit: http://www.blurb.com/b/7746815-portrait-of-an-automobile-dealer-third-edition

As a special thank you to all the readers of this blog, this book has been placed online for everyone to enjoy for free. A complimentary eBook available for Amazon Kindle Fire, Apple iPad, Android devices, and Mac or PC computers is also available through Blurb: http://www.blurb.com/b/7746815-portrait-of-an-automobile-dealer-third-edition?ebook=614233

Note: It’s worth noting that Print-On-Demand (POD) books, are usually more expensive per copy than a book printed via offset printing. That’s because offset printing (the method used for most mass-produced books found in bookstores) requires a minimum order of 500-1,000 copies. Print on demand, on the other hand, needs only a minimum order of one copy. The smaller scale and different workflow results in a higher cost per book, since the books are only printed when they are ordered. This book is not marked up for profit; but sold at base price.

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Get Reed Brothers Dodge History… in a Book

In September 2012, I created a self-published book version of this blog, entitled “Portrait of An Automobile Dealer”. In short – it’s an updated and chronologically ordered version of this blog. Since 2012, the book has been updated to a 2nd edition. More than 60+ pages of additional content and over 100 new photographs were added to the second edition. A third, and final edition, is currently in progress and will be released later this year.

In this book, readers will find an historic timeline that showcases the company’s 95-year history, how Reed Brothers Dodge came into being, and how the company overcame the inevitable changes and challenges throughout almost a decade of being in business. The book conveys an abundance of unique automotive related content as well as a family business history that parallels the evolution of the Dodge automobile.

“Portrait Of An Automobile Dealer” Second Edition is available through Blurb.com print-on-demand bookstore. If you would like to check out the hard copy book or purchase a copy, please visit: http://www.blurb.com/b/4790280-portrait-of-an-automobile-dealer-second-edition. To see the book full screen (highly recommended), click on the button just to the left of the blue “blurb” icon. (The pages turn by clicking the tabs on the left and right of the book.)

As a special thank you to all the readers of this blog, this book has been placed online for everyone to enjoy for free. To download the complimentary eBook formatted for Apple iPad and iPhone click here.

Note: this book is not marked up for profit; but sold at base price.

“Portrait of an Automobile Dealer” Second Edition

If you wanted to read the history of the American car industry, a great place to start would be the book, “Portrait Of An Automobile Dealer”. This book is inspired by, created for, and dedicated to Lewis Reed whose legacy started almost 100 years ago. “Portrait Of An Automobile Dealer” Second Edition is available through Blurb.com print-on-demand bookstore. The second edition has been published in place of the first edition, which was originally released in 2012.

More than 60+ pages of additional content and over 100 new photographs have been added. It is the same as the first edition, but better. You can see a preview of this 168-page book by clicking on the book above. To see the book full screen (highly recommended), click on the button just to the left of the blue “blurb” icon. (The pages turn by clicking the tabs on the left and right of the book.)

As a special thank you to all the readers of this blog, this book has been placed online for everyone to enjoy for free. To download the complimentary eBook formatted for Apple iPad click here.

If you’d like to check out the hard copy book or maybe purchase a copy, click “Book Preview” on the badge below.

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COMING SOON: “Portrait Of An Automobile Dealer” Second Edition

Coming very soon, the new, improved, updated “Portrait Of An Automobile Dealer”, Second Edition. The first edition was made available through Blurb.com print-on-demand bookstore on Sept 2, 2012. I self-published this book, which means I have the ability to update it and upload a new edition whenever I want. This edition will be in both print and e-book formats.

At this point, I’ve added 60+ pages of additional content and over 100 new photographs. It’ll be the same as the first edition, but better.

Below is the new cover and description:

The History of Reed Brothers Dodge is Virtually the History of the American Automobile Business.

If you wanted to read the history of the American car industry a great place to start would be the history of Reed Brothers Dodge. Reed Brothers Dodge was one of the oldest Dodge dealers under the same family ownership in Maryland, and one of the oldest in the entire nation.

The first Dodge was offered to the public in 1914. Lewis Reed and Roy and Griffith Warfield opened their Dodge dealership and service facility just one year after Dodge made its first automobile. They named it the Rockville Garage.

In 1918, Lewis Reed bough out the Warfields. In 1919, his brother Edgar joined the business and the name changed to Reed Brothers Dodge.

Portrait of an Automobile Dealer (secd edition)

“Portrait Of An Automobile Dealer”, Second Edition, will be available through Blurb.com print-on-demand bookstore very soon, so check back often.

Note: this book is not marked up for profit; but sold at base price.

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