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Books on Collectables

“...gem of a book.” “a real trip down memory lane.” “very enjoyable to read, full of some interesting and sometimes bizarre facts –brilliant!”

Random Things Through My Letterbox Blog, November 2011

In her book Collectable Names and Designs in Women’s Fashion, Past and Present, Tracy Martin takes us on a trip down memory lane as she explores how events of the day have influenced fashion, and the inspiration behind some of the most iconic designs. Packed full of great photos, the book is a delight for anyone woman with an interest in style, and the stories behind the clothes we wear.

Fab after Fifty

Enjoyable illustrated history of lego from its earlydays in yo’yos and other wooden toys, to the stories behind its more recent creations, world record attempts and that James May house.

Bookseller, April 2011

Collecting autographs has long been a popular past time shared by many although over the years collecting those treasured albums has lost some of its appeal. Autograph enthusiast Susan Brewer has recreated the magic of autographs through her informative and interesting new book 'Collecting Autographs'. Brewer not only explores the fascination with celebrity autographs we have today, with entries from sporting celebrities like Tiger Woods to music mega-stars such as Michael Jackson ,but she also looks back into the past , where the autograph albums provide sentimental records of charming , social attitudes and include delightful little poems and touching quotations. This nostalgic journey explores autographs from the late nineteenth century right up to the scraggy scrawls of todays most highly regarded celebrities . Brewers appreciation is evident in the hundreds of entries included , there really is something for everyone, whether your a royal enthusiast or a literary lover, her enchanting.. Read more

Paul (customer Review)

Often when researching photographic evidence regarding British military personnel one can identify a military badge. Usually for the British army these badges, especially cap badges, enable the researcher to identify the regiment to which the wearer belonged. This book, now in its seventh edition, is an invaluable guide to using these cap badges to this extent as well as presenting them as a specialised arena of collecting. Cap badges have been long used by the British army to identify regiments. Originally the army’s regiments were numbered. However, since 1881 they have often been referred to by name. Often, but not necessarily always, the regiment’s name is not on its regimental crest so this book significantly helps to marry the badge with the formation it represents. After a brief introduction to the hobby of collecting these badges the author presents information on different formations. These include (but not exclusively) the Cavalry and the Royal Armoured Corps, the Guards,.. Read more

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