Possibly the most helpful way to describe this latest hefty 480 page offering from acknowledged toy soldier expert James Opie is to briefly summarise the contents. Essentially, following an Introduction – in which the author asks (and answers) the question why yet another book on Britains? Mr Opie divides the main part of his book into seven chapters, covering what he describes as the Seven Ages of Britains 1893-2013. [b]The First Age - Start-up 1893-1900[/b]; the toy industry in the 1890s; the Britain family before 1893; How it all began; Hollow casting; the first hundred sets etc. [b]The Second Age - Expansion 1900-1918[/b]; Boer War to First World War; Copyright and fighting the competition; cheap lines and small sizes; Incorporation; France and Beiser; Salvation Army’ Boy Scouts; Railways and Floor Games etc. [b]The Third Age - The Golden Age 1919-1941[/b]; Home farm; Zoo; Gardening; Coronation; Disney etc. [b]The Fourth Age - Hollow cast Twilight 1945-1967[/b]; Export drive; new.. Read more
Stuart Asquith, author
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