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An Illustrated Timeline


The Cincinnati Bengals shocked the NFL with their run to Super Bowl LVI in 2022, reigniting the team’s fan base. Sparked by the exciting play of Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase, Bengaldom roared the loudest since Boomer Esiason and the Ickey Shuffle rocked the Jungle. In The Cincinnati Bengals: An Illustrated Timeline, authors Jeff Suess and Rick Pender guide fans young and old to the biggest games and greatest players that shaped the history of the Bengals franchise. Return to the earliest days when football legend Paul Brown founded the Bengals after being fired from the Cleveland Browns and the grudge matches when the teams met. Learn about quarterback phenom Greg Cook, whose career was tragically cut short. Experience the thrill of three Super Bowl appearances and shiver through one of the coldest games in NFL history. Through the photos and stories of the timeline you will meet the most celebrated players to wear the stripes and the young stars of the dynamic 2021 team that took the league by storm.

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TOMORROWLAND: The Past, Present, and Future of Disney's Most Changed Land


When Disneyland opened in 1955, Tomorrowland re­flected Walt Disney’s optimism for a great big beautiful tomorrow with the promise of atomic age technology and everyday rocket trips to the moon. Then the present caught up to the future, so Walt had to tear it down and start again. To stay ahead, Tomorrowland has been upgraded and redefined for each new generation, from the New Tomorrowland in 1967 to the boldly different Discoveryland, and beyond.

In this history of Tomorrowland, you’ll see how Disney inspired America’s interest in going to space, how Walt’s futurism progressed from theme parks to his experimental community EPCOT, and why the search for a timeless tomorrow has shifted from science factual to the science-fiction worlds of Star Wars and Buzz Lightyear. Learn stories behind Space Mountain and other classic Tomorrowland attractions, plus gone but not forgotten favorites such as the House of the Future and Adventure Thru Inner Space, and see what the future holds for the world of tomorrow.

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Cincinnati: An Illustrated Timeline presents the pivotal moments in the history of the Queen City. Follow along from the indigenous mound builders to the development of the first American city after the Revolutionary War. Through vignettes and hundreds of photographs and illustrations, author and historian Jeff Suess serves as your guide through the blossoming of a Western river town into a meatpacking Porkopolis and one of the most influential cities of the mid-nineteenth century. The timeline is multifaceted, exploring politics and race, the arts and pop culture, while also unveiling Cincinnati’s role in the Underground Railroad, the spread of Reform Judaism, and the development of the polio vaccine. Whether you’re a lifelong resident or a curious traveler, Cincinnati: An Illustrated Timeline will help you learn, remember, and discover more than you ever knew about Cincinnati.




Cincinnati was the first all-American city founded after the Revolutionary War. Steamboats navigated the Ohio River from 1811 and within a few years, Cincinnati was a bustling trading port and a leader in shipbuilding and meatpacking, an industry which provided raw materials for Procter & Gamble and Emery. Cincinnati Then and Now shows how the city, which was once the sixth largest in the country, has developed and changed over the last 150 years, using fascinating archive photos matched with the same viewpoint today. 



So many colorful stories are lost to time. The last passenger pigeon on earth, Martha, died in the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914. The deadliest maritime disaster in American history was the explosion of the steamboat Sultana, built in the Queen City. Just outside the city, a young Annie Oakley beat her future husband in a shooting contest. The nation’s first train robbery occurred in the Cincinnati area, and some clever victims hid jewelry in their hair and bodices. From the Black Brigade’s role in protecting the city against Confederate siege to the original 1937 Cincinnati Bengals, author Jeff Suess reveals the triumphs and tribulations of the first major American city founded after the American Revolution.

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Cincinnati earned its nickname of “Queen City of the West” with a wealth of fine theaters and hotels, a burgeoning brewery district and the birth of professional baseball. Though many of these treasures have vanished, they left an indelible mark on the city. Revisit the favorite locales from old Coney Island to Crosley Field. Celebrate lost gems such as the palatial Albee Theater and the historic Burnet House, where Generals Grant and Sherman plotted the end of the Civil War. Along the way, author Jeff Suess uncovers some uniquely Cincinnati quirks from the inclines and the canal to the infamous incomplete subway. Join Suess as he delves into the mystery and legacy of Cincinnati’s lost landmarks.

AAC 150 



AAC 150 spans the Art Academy of Cincinnati’s history from 1869–2019. The Art Academy began as the McMicken School of Drawing and Design, part of the University of Cincinnati, but joined with the Cincinnati Art Museum in 1884. Written by Jeff Suess and designed by AAC alumnus Steve Weinstein, AAC 150 features art of AAC students and alumni including Frank Duveneck, Charley Harper, John Ruthven, Petah Coyne, and Thom Shaw, with an original  comic strip on Yellow Kid cartoonist R.F. Outcault.

More than 350 historic photos and illustrations!

Spans 2 million years – mostly from 1776 to now!

Weighs more than 4 lbs.!

New in 2021!

New book!

Includes Super Bowl LVI

Other Projects

10 __ Women: ​Celebrating women in Cincinnati history 

People's Liberty project co-founded with Kristin Suess

Cincinnati Cabinet of Curiosities: ​Comic book anthology sharing Cincinnati’s weird history 

Issue 2 story on Price Hill medium Laura Pruden and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Imagineers • Impresarios • Inventors: Cincinnati’s Arts

and the Power of Her

ArtsWave book celebrating 200 women in the Cincinnati arts - contributor

Cincinnati Opera: A Centennial Celebration

Book celebrating 100 years of Cincinnati Opera - contributor

Interviews and Articles:

Cincinnati Bengals article: “New book explores Cincinnati Bengals history, from heartache to triumph” The Cincinnati Enquirer, September 22, 2022

Cincinnati: An Illustrated Timeline interview: “New book chronicles a couple hundred years of Cincinnati history” The Cincinnati Enquirer, May 24, 2020

10 __ Women interview: “These women have been written out of history books. This project is putting them back in.” The Cincinnati Enquirer, June 10, 2019 

AAC 150 interview: “This Cincinnati institution just turned 150. And its history is full of surprises” The Cincinnati Enquirer, January 16, 2019 

AAC 150 interview: “The Cincinnati Art Academy Celebrates 150 Years with a New Book” CityBeat, November 6, 2018 

Hidden History of Cincinnati interview: “Discover ‘Hidden History of Cincinnati’” - The Cincinnati Enquirer, November 26, 2016

Hidden History of Cincinnati interview on Cincinnati Edition with Mark Heyne - WVXU 91.7 FM - Listen 

Lost Cincinnati interview on The Book Club @ 91.7 with Mark Perzel - WVXU 91.7 FM - Listen 

Lost Cincinnati interview on WLWT Channel 5  - Watch 

Cincinnati History Articles

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“‘To the people of Cincinnati’: Our fountain turns 150” The Cincinnati Enquirer, Oct. 3, 2021

“Beach days at the Ohio River? Thousands swam in NKY’s riverfront” The Cincinnati Enquirer, July 17, 2021

“Tragic tale of the whales displayed at a Cincinnati resort in 1877” The Cincinnati Enquirer, April 24, 2021

“Frank’s RedHot Hot Sauce founded in Cincinnati 100 years ago” The Cincinnati Enquirer, April 2, 2021


“How Losantiville became Cincinnati” The Cincinnati Enquirer, Jan. 31, 2021

“Cincinnati strong man once lifted 20 men, dumbbells and a monkey” The Cincinnati Enquirer, Dec. 25, 2020

“Last game at Crosley Field 50 years ago added to the memories” The Cincinnati Enquirer, June 21, 2020

“Black Sox scandal tainted Reds’ 1919 World Series win” The Cincinnati Enquirer, Oct. 3, 2019

“Enquirer sports cartoonist designed Mr. Redlegs” The Cincinnati Enquirer, April 4, 2019

“Composer of music for ‘Grinch’ escaped Nazi Germany” The Cincinnati Enquirer, Dec. 24, 2018

“City suffered through deadly 1918 flu pandemic” The Cincinnati Enquirer, October 17, 2018

“Jefferson’s ex-slave was Underground Railroad conductor” - The Cincinnati Enquirer, May 30, 2018

“Covington lyricist penned classic Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town The Cincinnati Enquirer, Dec. 20, 2017 - 2nd place Best Column, Kentucky Press Association

“A storm in 1873 built Music Hall” - The Cincinnati Enquirer, Oct. 27, 2017

“World War I balloon jumper was quiet hero” - The Cincinnati Enquirer, Nov. 11, 2016

“Blast from the past: The history of WEBNs fireworks” - The Cincinnati Enquirer, Sept. 2, 2016


“The Beatles, when they played Crosley Field” - The Cincinnati Enquirer, Aug. 19, 2016


The little boy and the dead soldiers he honors - The Cincinnati Enquirer, May 27, 2016


“The Christmas present: When Dad came home from the war” - The Cincinnati Enquirer, Dec. 24, 2015

“The Force was with Kenners Star Wars toys” - The Cincinnati Enquirer, Dec. 6, 2015

“Locals had hand in making Disneyland a reality” - The Cincinnati Enquirer, July 12, 2015

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