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Dolled Up

Doll collecting for fun and profitDoll Collecting for Fun & Profit
Seeley and Seeley
1983

I’ve been poking through our doll collecting books recently. To honest, they just creep me out. I keep thinking about some doll displays I have seen and I am quite sure I would never be able to sleep if the room was filled with dolls. It’s the eyes! The doll “brain surgery” in the 2nd picture below isn’t helping, either.

Since this is a new collection for me, I am proceeding a bit more cautiously. Regardless, this hobby has lots of fans and deserves space in the public library. From what I can tell, the Seeleys have written quite a few books on collecting and evaluating dolls. I would imagine the information about identifying and evaluating collectible dolls is still quite useful, but the age of this particular book is troubling, especially when assigning monetary value. I am weeding this particular book since it is damaged, but I wonder if this material is useful to collectors any more.

Mary

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Car Making

ladybird car makers book cover

‘People at Work’
The Car Makers
Havenhand
1968

Holly and I are metro Detroiters and both of us are married to auto engineers. Actually, a disproportionate number of librarians seem to be married to engineers around here… I wonder if that is some kind of cosmic force of nerdiness?

Today’s choice is a Ladybird book from the old days. I became a Ladybird fan when I was in Britain for a couple of years in the mid 90s. My kids loved these books and I liked that they actually had a bit more meat than similar nonfiction titles. Of course my auto engineer would probably take this book and create a detailed diagram of how manufacturing has changed since this was published.

I was looking through the book and noticed the back and forth use of women vs. girls. I guess they weren’t sure at the time.

Mary

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Face Forward

face fitness for men cover

Face Fitness
Eastman and Julliard
1985

Guys, you need to take your skin care routine up to the next level! This book has all the steps to make you look your best. In under 200 pages, Eastman gives you the 411 on all the right steps keep those laugh lines from showing up too early. Break out a facial mask and get those pores under control. Remember, it is never too early to take care of your skin and hair.

Mary

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