(The Beverly, other Janesville, Wisconsin,
Theaters; Kerwin Mathews; Sprawl;
 and The Automobile.)

©Ted H. Schaar 2018

Impermanence (148 pages, 8.5" x 11") begins as a search for a photograph of a Janesville, Wisconsin, movie house that was built in 1916 and demolished in 1959.  It expands to cover the history of Janesville’s movie theaters (four large indoor and two outdoor) and discovers the impact of the car and the arrival of the interstate on the city's originally bustling, now all but abandoned downtown straddling the Rock River. 

It features many rare photographs and other unusual images including risqué movie advertisements from the 1920s and pictures of Kerwin Mathews, dubbed "Janesville's only movie star" by the local newspaper.  Images (scroll down for an example) range from high school pictures and views of Mathews working on plays at Milton and Beloit Colleges to a promotional glossy of him in The Waltz King, his favorite role.

But mostly it's a story about Impermanence—what's common today is soon gone forever and sometimes not more than a memory.

The book is available at Book World, 2451 Milton Avenue; Earth Song Books and Gifts, 2214 Kennedy Road; and Raven’s Wish Gallery, 101 West Milwaukee Street, all in Janesville.

To have a copy of Impermanence mailed to you in the US Lower 48, please send your name and address and a PayPal Payment for $24.95 to or call 414 795-6117 and leave a voice mail—I'd like to take your call immediately, but I get so many junk calls I only answer numbers that are in my contacts. Once we connect I can take a credit card number over the phone.  Shipping is included for the US Lower 48; please contact me for shipping rates to Alaska, Hawaii, and locations outside the US.

Impermanence Cover

Impermanence cover description

Impermanence back cover
Back cover.

Kerwin Mathews in high school
Page 79, 1943 Janesville Senior High School Phoenix.