- Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: KP Books; Auflage: 2nd Rev (März 2002)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0873418867
- ISBN-13: 978-0873418867
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,9 x 21 x 27,3 cm
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200 Years of Dolls: Identification and Price Guide (200 Years of Dolls: Identification & Price Guide) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – März 2002
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"Recommended for all doll dealers and collectors" -- Model and Collectors Mart, July 2002.
The updated edition doll collectors have been waiting for is finally here! 200 Years of Dolls, 2nd Edition is a comprehensive identification and value guide designed for both novice and experienced collectors of vintage dolls, dealers, auction houses, and appraisers. With updated pricing, new color photos, and a new manufacturer marks listings - the principle tool used for identification - the second edition of this best selling book will serve as an invaluable resource. This exceptional book provides thorough historical information on 164 different manufacturers, as well as comprehensive pricing grids that give values for variations of the same dolls. Collectors will find detailed descriptions of each of the 5,000 doll listings and more than 300 photographs. Covers cloth, china, vinyl, antique, molded, French, and German dolls plus much more!
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The book includes a CD of doll maker marks that has been helpful as I look at dolls on auction websites. Sometimes the seller is not quite knowledgeable about the doll that they are selling but will show a picture of the doll with the mark visible. I can look up the mark and read about the manufacturer with this book.
The pictures are very good and some have inspired me to look for dolls to add to my collection. The histories of the companies and their products are most interesting. In this one book, I can find dolls that my mother may have been exposed to as well as dolls from my own childhood. This book has been delightful to read and to keep handy for a ready reference to the identity of a new old doll find.
The photos are nice, full color and close up enough to get a good feeling of what each doll looks like, but there are many more dolls mentioned in text that are not pictured. It makes it hard to identify a doll if there's no photo of it.
For example, I mostly deal with Barbie and other fashion dolls and dolls of the later 60's and 70's. There is a section on Barbie but it offers only a few photos and most of the dolls listed are only mentioned in text. If you didn't already know what you had in your hand, how would you be able to look it up?
Crissy is one of the most popular dolls made by Ideal and there is only a mention of her in the 4 pages devoted to Ideal. There is not one photo of Crissy or any of her family. The only photo I saw listed under Mego was a NRFB Cher doll from the 70's. All the other Mego dolls are only mentioned by name. This book also does not list dates for most dolls. I find that frustrating, too. And the prices suggested as the value are very theoretical. Maybe pre-Ebay somebody would have spent so much for Barbie, let's say, but prices are not that good today, although the author does state she based prices on the doll being in mint condition and with original box, outfit and accessories. Still, I haven't seen too many Barbies in the condition she describes go for quite that much online.
Now, I don't want to say this book is all bad. Its just very incomplete in terms of it being a real history of 200 years of dolls. Its a very brief overview of dolls throughout the last 200 years and most of the photos that are featured, are of antique dolls, not fashion dolls, even though many fashion dolls are listed in text. I don't feel it would be worth $30, which is the suggested retail price. This book would be greatly improved by adding LOTS more photos and if it were spiral bound. Its very heavy and thick (415 pages) and pages don't stay open well. There's a whole chunk of pages seperating from the spine already and this book was like new! I also think the year for each doll should also be added next to the description. Again, a nice effort but falls short. It may be that it is too great of an undertaking to be covered in one volume. I feel the author should have covered less to give us more.