Photographer and storyteller Charles Mintz will discuss Lustron Stories, the result of his three years photographing the occupants and owners of 125 Lustron homes in 15 states, which he did with the help of The Ohio History Connection. The stories of the remarkable cross section of people who now live in these modest homes reveal the political and social reality of what has happened since the Second World War. Following his author talk, Charles will sign books across the street at Gramercy Books.
Between 1947 and 1950, the Lustron Company of Columbus Ohio manufactured steel houses that were shipped to site and assembled. Lustron was a uniquely Midwestern response to the huge demand for housing after the Second World War. At the time, owning your own home had become a cornerstone of the Great American Dream.
Photography is Chuck’s third career. He has degrees in Electrical Engineering, and he has done course work in photography at Maine Media Workshop, Parsons School of Design, International Center for Photography, and Cuyahoga Community College. He is a recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2017. Born in 1948, his work stems from his interest in home ownership as part of The American Dream. His earlier project, “Like Every Place I Have Every Lived,” focused on the foreclosure crisis.