Fireworks aren’t just used on the 4th of July. There’s Memorial Day, Labor Day, Grand openings, and lots of other celebrations that are just more fun with fireworks. I never thought much about the history of fireworks and how they’ve changed, but obviously Jack Nash did. There is a whole lot of information in The Book Of Great American Firecrackers: Cherry Bombs, M-80s, Cannon Crackers, and More presented in an easy to understand way with lots of pictures.
Here are the titles of the 8 chapters – and a tidbit from that chapter:
- A Brief History of the Firecracker – starting with how the Chinese stuffed bamboo with gunpowder around 1040
- The Firecracker Comes to America – the settlers brought them but soon figured out how to make their own
- American Firecrackers: Types, Sizes, and Innovations – Cherry bombs made here first
- Firecrackers and the American Industrial Revolution – up until this time they were all made by hand
- Thomas G. Hitt: America’s Firecracker Genius – actually born in London [LOL]
- Great American Firecracker Collectibles Identification and Value Guide – 15 pages of color pictures with approximate prices
- Factory Disasters: The Biggest Bangs of All – a job there was known to be dangerous, but they paid good and always had workers.
- Great American Firecracker Tales – laws were passed, but some people still do stupid things
If you have a pyromaniac at your house [I have 2!], a fan of fireworks, or just a history buff check out this book. You can learn, laugh, and lament at the same time.
Here is some backcover copy:
Including 183 color and black-and-white images of vintage photos and packaging, plus values for American firecracker collectibles, this is the first book to focus on US firecrackers. Many pyrobilia guides cover Chinese firecrackers, but the US’s history is just as colorful, from fireworks’ inception into American celebrations as a replacement for dangerous celebratory gun and cannon fire, until the final federal ban with the Child Protection Act of 1966. Fireworks made the 4th of July the best holiday ever, for generations of boys especially. Beginning with a brief history of the firecracker and how it came to America, the book details the types the US produced?a wide array, from Cherry Bombs and Silver Salutes to Ash Cans and Torpedoes. Also covered are how the US Industrial Revolution impacted fireworks, as well as the innovations throughout the American industry, from its successes to the factory disasters.
Published by Schiffer Publishing. This book was sent to me for a book review. The words are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.