Book of Birmingham

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The Book of Birmingham is a celebratory history of Birmingham published in time for the Semicentennial of Birmingham in 1921. The text is by former Birmingham City Commission member John R. Hornady with illustrations by W. Paul Pim. The cover illustration, pasted onto the green cloth, is a reproduction of "Three Bessemer Converters", an oil pastel by Roderick MacKenzie of the Tennessee Coal Iron and Railroad Company's Ensley Works.

The 376-page book was published by Dodd & Mead, a New York vanity press and included numerous photographic plates in addition to Pim's engraved illustrations.


  1. In the Beginning
  2. When Everybody Voted
  3. The "Double-Cross" in the Seventies
  4. Courting the Bauble Fame
  5. Iron and Steel to the Rescue
  6. Roy Cohen's Negro Quarter
  7. Visions of Beauty
  8. The People at Play
  9. Grave and Gay in Politics
  10. Turning Ore into Ships
  11. Conserving the Human Element
  12. Iron for the Confederacy
  13. Popularizing the Water Wagon
  14. The Sway of King Cotton
  15. Blazing New Trails
  16. Reforming the Public Dollar
  17. Routing the Reluctant Germ
  18. Freaks of Fretful Nature
  19. The Teeth of a Child
  20. Aladdin's Lamp Surpassed
  21. Far-Flung Influences
  22. Whetting the Intellect
  23. A City of Ex-Executives
  24. The Snake-Charmer Eclipsed
  25. Combining Loans with Laughter