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Don’t make eye contact with the doll

creative character dolls

Ceramic Character Dolls
and their accessories
Becker
1992

I know dolls and doll collecting is a common topic for a public library collection. These kinds of books do circulate. I just find the whole idea of collecting dolls a bit weird. The eyes and facial expressions are just a bit discomforting. Let’s just say I don’t want them staring at me. (I offer this episode of the Twilight Zone as evidence.)

Mary

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Gender Based Collectables

Antiques for Men coverAntiques for Men
Revi
1974

Real men need to make sure they are collecting the “right” kind of collectable. Ladies, hands off the toy soldiers.

This old book on antiques and collectables is pretty outdated and I can’t imagine someone thinking this would be a helpful book. If it is description and identifiers than I think these books would work, however if it is a price and value guide, not so helpful. Of course your library’s mileage may differ. I personally was fascinated by ashtrays with faces. Maybe I was more fascinated by who might consider collecting ashtrays with faces. I will need to think on this.

Mary

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In a Canadian Attic

In a Canadian Attic coverIn a Canadian Attic: an invaluable guide to almost every conceivable antique or art object that might be found in a Canadian attic
Stevens
1963

My guess is that valuable items have appeared in Canadian attics in the last 48 years that are not mentioned here.  This was probably a pretty good guide in the 1960s and 1970s.  Maybe even the 1980s.  It’s too old to claim “almost every conceivable” anything now, though.  There were items created after 1963 that can now be considered valuable.  Maybe not antique, by its official definition (100 years makes something antique), but definitely “art objects” worth knowing about if you are a collector.

Holly

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