Sunday, October 14, 2012

Plastic Toys: Dimestore Dreams of the 40s & 50s Book Review

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Plastic Toys: Dimestore Dreams of the 40s & 50s Book Review

 About the Book: This tremendously informative book is the most complete source for collectible plastic toys. Over 850 vivid color photographs display plastic toys-from cars, trucks, and airplanes to dolls and dollhouse furniture-supplemented by manufacturers' diagrams and molders' marks. Industry development from the 1930s through the 1960s is discussed, with attention to wartime changes in plastic toys production. With charm and light touch, Bill Hanlon explains technical facts of the plastics industry and provides down-to-earth, useful information on how to evaluate, repair, and care for your collection. For the detail-hungry collector, there is an extensive price guide and a chapter on researching and identifying individual pieces. Hanlon also presents significant information that has only recently come to light, providing a means of identifying toys whose origins until now were a complete mystery.

Our Take: We're big collectors here at the Legion and reference books on collecting are our favorite thing!  This new hardcover book from Schiffer is a great photographic collection of dimestore items from the 1940s-50s.  The offerings are primarily little cars, military vehicles, doll furniture and sci-fi space age items.  The book is very thorough and provides a fantastic visual reference guide for collecting and identifying old dimestore plastics.  There are so many more items out there than I ever realized.  In fact, one thing I learned that I love is that many of the vehicles came with cardboard backrounds and playsets of sorts.  This is a fantastic and high quality book for anyone interested in dime store collectibles. 

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