I just obtained a copy of this Charles Beaumont nonfiction book, published in 1963. It certainly must be the first, or one of the first, of the nostalgia books, a genre which didn't really hit big until the early seventies. (Jules Feiffer's wonderful THE GREAT COMIC BOOK HEROES was another early contender.) Beaumont's collection consists mainly of pieces he wrote for PLAYBOY on a variety of subjects: comics, the pulps, Charlie Chaplin, movie serials, old railroads, and so on. Beaumont, like Rod Serling, his writing colleague from THE TWILIGHT ZONE, possessed an abiding love for the popular culture of his youth, which is to say, the 1930s and 1940s. The Depression and the Second World War gave Americans quite a bit to need distraction from, and Beaumont is one of those who was already nostalgic for those not-so-long-ago distractions when he was still in his early thirties. His premature death at 37 makes his premature nostalgia even more poignant.