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Elgin Park: Visual Memories Of Midcentury America at 1/24th Scale

Elgin Park: Visual Memories Of Midcentury America at 1/24th Scale

by Michael Paul Smith, Gail Ellison


Available for Pre-Order. This item will be available on October 13, 2020


At first glance, Smith’s work appeared to be wonderful photographs from a bygone era. The awe slips in as it becomes clear that he not only created the photographs – without using Photoshop – but also built everything in each scene, except the cars, which are die cast models, at 1/24th scale.

Smith also constructed much of what is barely visible in the photos: shoeboxes, furniture, branders for stage lights, a lawnmower, and even the gravel, snow and tire tracks in the snow are to scale.

Although the photographs are strong enough to stand alone as the main character of this delightful book, there’s another story: how a humble recluse who didn’t even own a car had created an online community – a global neighborhood of young and old, male and female, many asking the same question: How did this guy do this?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947895140
Publisher: Animal Media Group LLC
Publication date: 10/13/2020
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 324
Sales rank: 969,713
Product dimensions: 11.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Michael Paul Smith created scale models for 25 years. His work was covered in media outlets such as The New York Times and The United Kingdom’s Daily Mail. A short documentary, Elgin Park (, was made on Smith’s life and made the festival rounds in 2015.

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