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Presented here are one hundred classic-era (1880s-1940s) Hopi and Zuni carved dolls from private and public collections that have rarely, if ever, been put on exhibition and that collectively form a profound and powerful assembly of the very finest examples from the classic period in Kachina carving. Andrea Portago has gracefully photographed these rare figures using available light so as not to distort their colours and to reveal their movement and drama, passion and personality.
This is the story of Britain's model villages: miniature worlds that have captivated garden guests and paying public since the early twentieth century. This history of these small-scale utopias covers their early growth as playthings of the wealthy, their blossoming into fairylands on seafronts during the post-war holiday boom, and of many model villages' gradual decline from toy-towns to ghost towns. But it is also the story of how diligent modelmakers, artists and crafters have carried on in the sheds, gardens and workshops of Britain to build small - yet think big. Today we still delight in their miniature marvels, and this book explains why. This book is part of the Britain's Heritage series, which provides definitive introductions to the riches of Britain's past, and is the perfect way to get acquainted with model villages in all their variety.
Blue Light Models is a brief but comprehensive look at fire, police and ambulance models from around the world - and across the decades. Within the pages there are examples of plastic, diecast metal and tinplate vehicles, in scales ranging from the very small (often intended to add a scenic touch to model railways) through variously sized toys to the more highly detailed collectors' models. This book asks the question, 'why collect?', and gives thoughts on how to specialise so that your collection does not take over your life - and home. Advice is also offered on where to source additions to your hoard, and how to store and display them. Perhaps you remember the thrill when, as a youngster, you heard the sound of an approaching siren, then relived the experience pushing your toy fire engine round the table. Maybe you can discover your inner child in the pages of this volume. If you have had a personal involvement with the emergency services, you may prefer the more accurate representations of vehicles you have driven. We all have our reasons but share the same passion. While not attempting to be a definitive reference work, Blue Light Models offers a fascinating look at a variety of wonderfully crafted models that will inspire the experienced collector and the novice in equal measure.
Born at the beginning of the last century, he has stolen the hearts of people all over the world. The Teddy bear has lived through the many upheavals of the last 100 years and has not only maintained his appeal, he has become even more lovable with the passage of time. The Steiff Teddy is 100 years old; Who created him? What did he look like? Where did his name come from? All of these questions are answered and many more secrets are told concerning the jointed Teddy bear's creation 100 years ago in the small town of Giegen in the south of Germany. This official centenary book gives a comprehensive description of the story behind Richard Steiff's creation and the Teddy bear's road to success. Specialist author Gunther Pfeiffer gives a full account of recent discoveries related to the invention and early history of the Teddy bear and presents models that verify these findings. A special insight is given into the various stages of the manufacturing process which is still practised today, as well as the secret of Teddy's overwhelming success. Other chapters relate the 'bearish' experiences of individual people, describe the current collectors' market and look at the significance of the Teddy as a collectable antique. The book is rounded off by a comprehensive resume of the many models produced by Steiff to date. Special attention has been given to the photographs and illustrations selected to accompany the various chapters. An intensive search through the Steiff archives brought many previously undiscovered historical photographs to light which are published here for the first time.
Star Wars first debuted on movie screens in 1977 and over the past forty years has grown into a collecting phenomenon. It has generated more merchandise than any other movie series in history, spanning every area of licensed product from inexpensive pocket money toys to big ticket full-size replicas. With a focus on the early vintage period of the 1970s and 1980s, author Paul Berry charts the development of the Star Wars collectable through the prequels of the 1990s and 2000s and into the modern era of films. The book looks at the massive success of the Kenner, and later Hasbro action figure range, which has spawned well over 1,000 figures; the wealth of toys and games inspired by the saga; the books and comics that have greatly expanded the Star Wars universe; the records and the videos; the trading cards; and the modern collectors' items. Whether you joined the Star Wars saga in 1977, 1999 or 2015, Star Warsis a hobby that continues to attract new generations of collectors and will likely endure for many decades to come.
When Carter Bryant began work on what would become the billion-dollar line of Bratz dolls, he was taking time off from his job at Mattel where he designed outfits for Barbie. Later, back at Mattel, he sold his concept for Bratz to rival company MGA. Orly Lobel reveals the colourful story behind the ensuing decade-long court battle. This entertaining and provocative work pits MGA against Mattel, shows how an idea turns into a product and explores the two different versions of womanhood represented by Barbie and her rival. Lobel's story is a thought-provoking contribution to the debate over creativity and intellectual property as American workers may now be asked to sign contracts granting their employers the rights to and income from their ideas.
Farming in Miniature is an essential guide for collectors of British toy models interested in farm tractors, farm horses and associated agricultural equipment. The manufacturers / brands are arranged alphabetically. Each manufacturer has its own chapter introduced by an account of its history. These introductions cross-refer to the captioned photographs that follow and which make up the bulk of the chapters. In their general introduction the authors say that they have `attempted to illustrate all significant variations of colour and packaging, particularly of rare or unusual models, so as to make the book as comprehensive as possible.' The three authors, all leading authorities, have drawn on their extensive past experience coupled with another five years to research, write and prepare photographs.
Release your inner child and build yourself happy with LEGO (R) bricks. Are you failing to find inner peace on a yoga mat? Does life feel like all work and no play? Having fun and getting creative can boost your mood and your well-being. So if you're looking for ways to unwind and make time for yourself, then let this book guide you on a LEGO (R) brick road to happiness. With more than 50 mindful LEGO building activities, discover how you can find balance, connect with friends and family, relax and improve your sleep habits. (c)2019 The LEGO Group.
As interest in Russia increases, increased value and attention are focused on its history-rich ethnic dolls, and this is the only comprehensive resource available. For those who collect, deal in, or appraise dolls from the 1920s to the 1980s, here are essential tips on identification; helpful resource documents such as rare postcards, advertising, and press photos; and over 800 photos of Russian dolls dressed in costumes representing Russian historical periods, as well as those featuring various ethnic cultures. Begins in the 1920s with antique dolls of bisque and cloth stockinette, then travels into the 1930s and 1940s for the composition dolls, and moves on to the 1960s through the 1980s, when the USSR was showcasing its fifteen republics with dolls of plastic. Also covers dolls representing various folklore characters, as well as the popular Russian tea cozy dolls.
For many years, the Transformers have been a staple of pop culture. As new and old collectors seek to enhance their knowledge of this toy line, this book provides a wide view of the Transformers action figures from their earliest incarnations, their journey through the 1980s, and culminating with the Beast Wars in the 1990s. Extremely well researched, this guide provides information on the development of the figures while explaining their key features, along with showcasing many figure variations. Featuring images of figures both in and out of package, yearly product listings for easy reference, and pricing examples for many key items, this book is a great tool for reintroducing yourself or getting familiar with these toys from the past.
Dolls' houses have a long history, stretching from ancient Egypt to sixteenth-century Bavaria to modern global mass-production. Today, fine collections of houses exist, for example across Britain and America, and of course are still to be found in many homes, both as toys for children and as works of art, to which many hours are devoted. In this book, Moi Ali sketches the fascinating history of the dolls' house, and describes how to begin your own collection. From scale to style to type of house, and from where to buy to budget and key manufacturers to look for as you start collecting, Moi provides a detailed guide that will be an invaluable aid to the new collector and an interesting read for the more experienced. Restoration and display of the houses are also covered, to help bring your collection to life.
For more than a century the skies have been filled with aircraft, and thousands of these aircraft have been reproduced in model form, allowing collectors to assemble their own miniature air fleets. Die-cast models come ready-assembled and attractively finished, unlike kits that have to be built and painted before going on display. Many of the toy companies that made die-cast cars, trucks and buses also produced model aircraft - and still do. Beginning with Tootsietoys in the 1920s and Dinky in the 1930s, these toy lines have now been joined by finely detailed scale models aimed at adult collectors, some produced by companies specialising in aircraft. There are models to suit every taste, and every budget, in a range of sizes. This is your guide to building and caring for a collection of die-cast aircraft, both military and civil, from toys to adult collectibles - including sections on ground support vehicles and even flying cars.
Want to photograph lions and elephants in Africa, Formula One cars at the Monaco Grand Prix, front-line military jets - or to step back in time and watch George Stephenson's locomotive Rocket make its first run on the Liverpool-Manchester railway line - all without leaving the comforts of home? The modern digital camera has made model and miniature photography a breeze - even with very simple and inexpensive cameras. You can take basic record photographs for selling online, keeping track of a collection or insurance; or you can photograph complete miniature worlds created with simple household items, toys, and model railway accessories. An entire home studio can be set up on a kitchen table, and packed away in a cupboard. All that is required is a camera and mini tripod, a few simple accessories adapted from items you already have around the house, and some suitable props. The technical part of photography can be left to the camera, while you concentrate on the creative - and fun - side of things. Most photography books are written by professional photographers, who love complexity, arcane technical language, and lots of expensive equipment. But this one is different - believing the best results come from simplicity.
This is a superbly presented book that explains how to make a beautiful miniature French country house. The author explains how to create wall panelling and how to make a range of French-style furniture and fittings. It features a gallery of dolls' houses to inspire the reader. In her superbly presented book Christine-Lea Frisoni explains how to make a beautiful miniature French country house. Dressed in an elegant style of faded grandeur, the dolls' house is full of period features and exhibits plenty of vintage appeal. It will delight all those who love the shabby chic as well as appreciate the antique. Having made the dolls' house, Christine-Lea explains how to build up the wall panels to provide deep recesses, fancy panelling and wall niches to add character - ideas that can be translated to any existing dolls' house. Instructions to make a range of French-style furniture, fittings and even flowers are included: chairs, a folding screen, ornate light sconces, fireplaces, dressing tables, window dressing, right down to the kitchen sink! All these are items that can be added to your own dolls' house. The book includes examples of other miniature rooms guaranteed to delight the reader, even those not disposed to DIY. And if that's not enough, there is a gallery of dolls' houses at the end of the book to inspire.
My Little Pony came into our world in the 1980s. Now, more than thirty-five years later, the brand is still going strong as children and adults alike all enjoy these colourful ponies. Over the years, the ponies have grown and evolved along with their fans. Over four generations of ponies have been spawned, each with their own design - not to mention the television series and characters that have followed. A massive amount of Pony merchandise has been produced over the years. In this book you will find an overview of all the interesting collectibles and valuable ponies from all generations, as well as information about the various lines. Perhaps you will find some recognisable ones from your own personal collection, or will encounter some interesting new ones you might not have seen. Lavishly illustrated throughout, this is the perfect book for all My Little Pony fans.
The invention of the telegraph, telephone, and broadcast signals gave kids in mid-20th-century America a new way to play. Speak into a device, push a button, turn a knob, and you were instantly communicating with friends around the block or across the planet. In most cases, it was imaginary, but adults were actually doing it-and with the right "equipment," you were too! The 150 color images in Do You Read Me? Vintage Communication Toys captures the excitement of these new technologies. The art deco and futuristic designs from the '30s through the '70s convey the wonder and optimism of the ever-evolving communication world. String and wire may have carried the signal, but it was the power of imagination that really carried the message. Toy collectors, nostalgia buffs, and retro-future fans will appreciate the price guide and build-it-yourself communicator included with this beautifully photographed and designed volume.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Princeremains one of the most treasured books of all time. This commemorative kit includes: * 3" light-up collectible of the Prince's cherished rose, set under a clear dome and on a base bearing the story's most famous quote: "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." * 32-page book of quotes and full-color artwork from The Little Prince
Little Corgi cars, trucks, and planes are big collectibles worldwide. Production of these wonderful toys began in England in 1934, and continues today. This unique book shows every model issued to date in full color. The history and 128 color photographs are supplemented by detailed descriptions of all the models and their known variations. Even the non-collector will become an enthusiast after reading this lighthearted yet informative source book. They will especially like the newly updated price guide.
Japanese Dolls: The Fascinating World of Ningyo, is a wealth of information for Japanese art collectors, Asian doll collectors and doll enthusiasts of all levels and interests. Full of beautiful photographs, the book details 18 kinds of widely collected, obtainable and affordable, antique and vintage dolls and figurines (ningyo). Author Alan Scott Pate the leading American expert on Japanese dolls writes in illuminating detail about the traditions of each type of doll and shares practical tips on how to collect this amazing Japanese art form. Included in this guide to Japanese ningyo are: Festival dolls: hina-ningyo, musha-ningyo, tableau dolls Display dolls: saga-ningyo, gosho-ningyo, isho-ningyo, iki-ningyo Wood dolls: kamo-ningyo, nara-ningyo, kokeshi-ningyo Clay dolls: fushimi-ningyo, hakata-ningyo Mechanical dolls: karakuri-ningyo, kobe-ningyo Theatrical dolls: bunraku-ningyo, takeda-ningyo Play dolls: ichimatsu-ningyo, keue saiko
Since he first appeared on the scene in Detective Comics No. 27 in May 1939, Batman has been a massive influence on popular culture. He has inspired comics, blockbuster films and television series and was second only to Superman in the top comic book heroes of all time. Alongside all of these, he has also inspired a plethora of collectable toys from the golden age of toy production in the 1960s and 1970s such as diecast cars, replica gadgets and much more. In this book, which will appeal to those who remember the iconic 1966 television series just as much as to those captivated by Batman today, Rob Burman examines some of the best and some of the most unusual Batman collectables as well as looking at what might be collectable in the future.
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