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2015 new books
Doll Junk:
Collectible and Crazy Fashions from the ’70s and ’80s
• A compendium of not-exactly-gorgeous doll getups from the ‘70s and ‘80s, and the dolls who wore them
• Over 800 color photos vibrantly display downgraded dolls and their fashions from around the world
• Most outfits and dolls shown in their original packaging—marvel at their mediocre graphics!
“Eeeewww. Fake Barbie® clothes.” Those four words verbalize the faint discomfort kids would share when playing
with dolls and unearthing an inferior, generic, or “clone” dress or top from their sizeable supply of perfect Mattel doll
outfits. These cheapies were treated as tainted outcasts and were basically left to rot. Today, a younger generation of
doll lovers is on the rise. These leap-for-cheap fashionistas gleefully embrace the very items their quality-conscious
predecessors detested. Here, for your viewing pleasure or revulsion, are nearly 800 not-exactly-gorgeous getups and
some of the downgraded dolls who wore them, mostly from the ’70s and ’80s (’80s collectors, rejoice! Your time has
come!), many in their original packaging. Prepare to shield your eyes from clumsily drawn fashion figures, pathetic
attempts at high-fashion lingo, and mediocre package graphics culled from around the world!
Carmen Varricchio
had the good fortune to begin his career in the New York fashion industry sketching for some
of the world’s best designers. He has sadly been amassing dolls and doll clothes for more than 25 years, and has no
logical explanation for what one fellow enthusiast has rightly called the absurdity of doll collecting.
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" • 855 color images • 176 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4812-9 • soft cover • $29.99
Carmen Varricchio, Photographs by Carmen Varricchio & Gerardo Somoza
Barclay Miniature Toy Vehicles, Transports, Cars, Trucks, and Trains
A Comprehensive Catalog and Price Guide
• Comprehensive catalog and price guide for Barclay transports, cars, trucks, and trains
• Covers nearly 2,000 variations and features over 650 color photographs
• Provides detailed identification grids and explanations
This is the first comprehensive catalog and price guide covering all four ranges of miniature toy vehicles produced by
BarclayManufacturing Company, Inc. (New Jersey) from 1932 to 1971. It covers nearly 2,000 variations of these toys
along with a history of the company, the manufacturing process, detailed identification grids and explanations, rarity
notations, pricing ranges, a biography, and over 650 color photos. Barclay began producing miniature transports and
trains in the early 1930s and added trucks and cars in the 1950s. All four ranges were produced until the company
closed in 1971. The toys were colorful, well-designed, inexpensive, and popular throughout the period they were
produced. The appendix includes pictures of related toys. Since most of these toys do not identify the manufacturer
and many variations are rare, the book is indispensable for anyone interested in collectable toys.
Howard W. Melton
is an attorney and a lifelong collector. Having played with Barclay toys as a child, he began
collecting them in 1970. This is his second book on the topic.
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" • 688 color images • 224 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4913-3 • soft cover • $29.99
Howard W. Melton
Toy Forts & Castles:
European-Made Toys of the 19th & 20th Centuries
• An illustrated history of European toy fort manufacturers from the early 1800s to late 20th century
• Highly organized and detailed study of mostly German and British companies, with hundreds of photographs
• The only reference the serious toy fort collector will ever need
Contained within this authoritative text is the exciting history of the manufacture of toy forts and castles
in western Europe throughout the turbulent 19th and 20th centuries. Lavishly illustrated with nearly 800
images, this book provides detailed information on who made these castles, palaces, and fortresses, when,
where, and how, and with what materials. The author focuses especially on manufacturers in Germany and
Great Britain, but covers Denmark, Belgium, and France as well—and describes the fascinating story of the
industry’s rise and demise. Company histories show how thesemanufacturers, often successive generations
of families, dealt with the enormous economic and political obstacles of the times. Organized spreadsheets
with serial numbers, dates, dimensions, and distinctive features of products will satisfy the curiosities of toy
collectors, museum curators, archivists, antique dealers, architectural history buffs, and more.
Allen Hickling
has been collecting toy forts and castles for thirty years. He has assembled one of the
largest collections in the world, part of which is in a museum in Cyprus.
Size: 11" x 8 1/2" • 772 color photos • 340 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4813-6 • hard cover • $59.99
Allen Hickling
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