Made in the Twentieth Century: A Guide to Contemporary Collectibles

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Scarecrow Press, 2005 - Antiques & Collectibles - 334 pages
More items have been manufactured during the Twentieth Century than in all the previous centuries combined. Information on their production is sought by many people. Just in the last decade, the emergence of the Antiques Roadshow and E-Bay has renewed a fascination for antiques and collectibles not only in buyers and traders, but also in the general public. Made in the Twentieth Century is a guide designed to help everyone from dealers to laypeople quickly establish the approximate production date of most twentieth century manufactured items. By relating the information in this book to the various clues provided by the object you are trying to date, it should be possible to narrow down the time frame of possible production, in many cases, to within several years of manufacture. It is not only an indispensable resource for set designers, individual collectors, antique sellers, and information desks at libraries, but also a necessity. Divided into two areas, the first is basic information that relates to many items and the second is specialized information that relates to various areas of collecting or research. Throughout the book are "caution notes" to help keep the reader from misinterpreting the information.
 

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Contents

THE BASICS
1
US MAIL
17
TELEPHONE
21
INNOVATIONS
25
MATERIALS
39
PRODUCTION AND PACKAGING
61
MADE IN
77
A CAST OF CHARACTERS
85
RETAIL STORES
259
LANDMARKS
269
FAIRS EXPOSITIONS AND OLYMPIC GAMES
291
RADIO AND TELEVISION
293
STREET SCENES
297
DEVELOPING YOUR OWN DATING SYSTEM
303
BIBLIOGRAPHY
307
INDEX
313

BRAND NAMES
107
INDUSTRIAL DESIGNERS
243
MOTOR VEHICLE BRANDS
251
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
333
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About the author (2005)

Larry Paul has enjoyed a 35-year career designing displays, exhibits, and retail appliance stores for Baltimore Gas & Electric Co, during which he started a collection of gas and electric appliances from pre-1900 to the 1990s for use in exhibits. Following retirement, he has operated as a designer of exhibits for the Baltimore Museum of Industry, a cataloguer, and an antiques dealer. His interest in hotels has lead to a database of histories and information about almost 7,000 19th- and 20th-century American hotels.

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