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click to enlarge Bertoia, Rich, COUNTRY STORE ADVERTISING, MEDICINES, AND MORE. . NEW copy, 8.5X11 PAPERBACK. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2001). 498 color photographs, 160 pp.
~~~ The country store was a three dimensional collage of advertising, packaging, unique drugstore items, medical gadgets, and cure-alls that rural Americans held faith in for many years. This book examines the varied drugstore and advertising ephemera contained within the store's packed shelves and walls. In almost 500 beautiful color photos the enormity and diversity of advertising, including signs and packaging, and products, from food stuffs to medicine bottles, that created the character of the country store are documented. Particular emphasis is given to the drugs, potions, and medical devices that were found in the country store. In addition the display counters and furnishings of the country store are included. Each item is described and its value in today's collector's market is given.

$29.95





click to enlarge Bertoia, Rich, GREAT COUNTRY STORE ANTIQUES. . NEW copy, 8.5x11 PAPERBACK. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2007). 308 color photographs, 160 pp.
~~~ This visual tour of an important great collection of authentic country store antiques has hundreds of color photographs with detailed captions, including prices. It will provide an opportunity to examine the history of popular culture and its retailing beginnings. The book includes counters, fixtures, and lighting, as well as hundreds of products, advertisements, and packaging that would be found in a country store. The collection represents some of the finest treasures of the genre. And everyone can experience the joys of window shopping...a hundred years ago.

$29.95





click to enlarge Congdon-Martin, Douglas, with Bob Biondi, COUNTRY STORE ANTIQUES FROM CRADLES TO CASKETS. . NEW copy, 8.5X11 PAPERBACK. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2007). 498 color photographs, 160 pp.
~~~ Despite the critical and popular success of the author's first volume, Country Store Collectibles, it was clear there were many more country store antiques than could be covered in one book. In this completely new volume are hundreds of items, gathered from some of the best collections in the country, and presented in beautiful full color. Also included are period photos of actual country and general stores that have never been published before. Concise captions and an accurate price guide make the book invaluable to collectors. The images themselves will awaken memories in those who spent their younger years in such places, and give a new appreciation to those who did not have the opportunity. This wonderful new book will be a welcome addition to the libraries of collectors and historians alike.

$29.95














click to enlarge Aping, Norbert, THE FINAL FILM OF LAUREL AND HARDY: A Study of the Chaotic Making and Marketing of Atoll K . . NEW copy, 7x10 PAPERBACK (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2006). 136 photographs, appendices, notes, filmography, bibliography, index, 280 pp.
~~~ The remarkable story behind the planning, development and marketing of Laurel and Hardy’s ill-received final film, Atoll K, has been little explored. Details on the script development, cast, crew, locations, and even basic information on running times and release dates have been sketchy at best since the film’s 1951 release.
~~~ This work reconstructs the circumstances surrounding this unusual international co-production (Atoll K was a French-Italian film with English-speaking stars). Through lost documents detailing the film’s production and funding, previously unreleased behind-the-scenes photos, and a rare interview with French movie star Suzy Delair, the author explores the continuous changes to the film’s script during its chaotic production and the final marketing of the film’s many different versions (Atoll K was also released as Robinson Crusoeland in the United Kingdom and as Utopia in the United States). Several appendices detail alternative sequences and cut scenes in various versions of the film and include French box-office reports from 1951 to 1952 as well as a complete filmography.

$45.00



click to enlarge Harness, Kyp, THE ART OF LAUREL AND HARDY: Graceful Calamity in the Films. . NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2006). Notes, filmography, bibliography, index, 255 pp.
~~~ From the early days of film came Laurel and Hardy, a comedy team that created slapstick hilarity from life’s simplest situations. Some seventy years after their heyday, Arthur Stanley Jefferson and Oliver Norvell “Babe” Hardy are still remembered for the comic chaos they created in film shorts. They gave us something to laugh at by reminding us of our own foibles, in a way that was genuine and unpretentious. The lanky Stan Laurel (1890–1965) and portly Ollie Hardy (1892–1957) had but one objective: to create as many laughs as would fit in one short film. And that, they did.
~~~ The book begins by exploring their comedy in the early days of film. A chapter is dedicated to each of “the boys”—Laurel from Ulverston, England, and Hardy from the state of Georgia—as a person and performer. Further chapters explore the slapstick and gags of Laurel and Hardy and how the pair survived the transition to sound that left behind many actors of the day. It was only when they began to work for large studios, churning out cookie-cutter scripts, that their art began to lose its way. The book takes the reader through the ups and downs of their careers and to a final comeback. A filmography lists works from 1917 to 1951 with information on availability.

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click to enlarge Block, Robert S., MARBLE COLLECTORS HANDBOOK. . NEW copy, 6x9 PAPERBACK. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2007). 586 color photographs, 160 pp.
~~~ Over 580 beautiful color photos display a stunning array of contemporary handmade and design marbles by a variety of talented artists, along with handmade, and machine-made examples. Swirl, Clambroth, Banded Opaque, Indian, Lutz, End of Day, and Single-gather handmade marble designs are featured, along with machine-made examples by M.F. Christensen & Son, Christensen Agate, Akro Agate, Peltier, Master Marble, Marble King, Ravenswood, and Vitro Agate. Also included are original marble packaging, games, and tournament pins. The useful text provides essential information on marble valuation, definitions of marble conditions from mint to collectible, tables with pricing for a wide variety of marbles by size, form, and condition, and current values in the captions. This book is essential for every marble fan.

$16.95





click to enlarge Block, Stanley A., ANTIQUE GLASS END OF DAY MARBLES. . NEW copy, 9x12 hardcover. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2002). 192 color photographs, 192 pp.
~~~ Nearly 900 beautiful color photographs display End of Day antique glass marbles produced, by glass artists after hours to prove their skill, during handmade marble's "Golden Age," from the mid-1880s through c. 1918. End of Day Cloud, English style, Joseph's Coat, and Onionskin marbles are presented in abundance. Among them are Paneled, Ribbon, Lobed, Shrunken Core, Mist, Submarine, and End of Cane examples, some featuring aventurine, lutz, or mica. As a bonus, examples of antique glass handmade marble Clearies, Lightning Strikes, Micas, Mosaics and Millefioris, Opaques and Semi Opaques, Paperweights, Patches, and Slags are also displayed. Rounding out this valuable resource are a glossary, bibliography, index, and tables providing current market values.

$39.95





click to enlarge Block, Stanley A., ANTIQUE GLASS SWIRL MARBLES. . NEW copy, 8.5x11 hardcover. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2001). 851 color photographs, 176 pp.
~~~ Swirl marbles comprise one of the largest categories of antique handmade glass marbles and come in many distinct and eye-catching types, ranging from banded and clambroth swirls to latticinio core and ribbon core swirls. With over 850 vibrant color photographs, this book displays swirl marbles in their many engaging types. The text explains swirl marble types, provides tables of current market prices, and directs collectors to marble clubs and meets across the country. This attractive and interesting book is a must for all who collect glass and are fascinated with marbles.

$39.95





click to enlarge Six, Dean, Susie Metzler & Michael Johnson, AMERICAN MACHINE-MADE MARBLES HANDBOOK. . NEW copy, 8.5x11PAPERBACK. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2006). 594 color and 55 b&w photographs, 192 pp.
~~~ The sprawling scope of machine-made marble production in the twentieth century is illustrated in over 590 eye-catching color images that comprise the most extensive collection of marble packaging ever assembled. Historical photos from a variety of factories are also provided. Products and packages for Akro Agate, Christiansen Agate, Davis Marble, Heaton Agate, Kokomo Opalescent, Libbey-Owens-Ford, Marble King, Peltier, Ravenswood, and Vitro are included, among others.
!!! The fascinating text, providing a history of the marble companies and their wares, was nearly 40 years in the making, involving interviews with over 100 individuals and insuring the accuracy of the listings. A bibliography and index are included, along with values in the captions. Marble collectors and glass lovers alike will be thrilled with this detailed reference work.

$29.95












click to enlarge Anderson, Ann, SNAKE OIL, HUSTLERS AND HAMBONES: The American Medicine Show . . NEW copy, 7x10 PAPERBACK (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2005). Photographs, appendices, notes, bibliography, index, 200 pp.
~~~ Long before television and radio commercials beckoned to potential buyers, the medicine show provided free entertainment and promised cures for everything from corns to cancer. Combining elements of the circus, theater, vaudeville, and good old-fashioned entrepreneurship, the showmen of the American medicine show sold tonics, ointments, pills, extracts and a host of other “wonder-cures,” guaranteed to “cure what ails you.” While the cures were seldom miraculous, the medicine show was an important part of American culture and of performance history. Harry Houdini, Buster Keaton, and P.T. Barnum all took a turn upon the medicine show stage.
~~~ This study of the medicine show phenomenon surveys nineteenth century popular entertainment and provides insight into the ways in which show business, advertising, and medicine manufacture developed in concert. The colorful world of the medicine show, with its Wild West shows, pie-eating contests, clowns, and menageries, is fully explored. Photographs of performers and of the fascinating handbills and posters used to promote the medicine show are included.

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click to enlarge Schiecke, Konrad, HISTORIC MOVIE THEATRES IN ILLINOIS, 1883-1960. . NEW copy, 7x10 hardcover. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2006). 414 pp.
~~~ This history and catalog of the movie theaters of Illinois follows their evolution from the early opera houses, to the storefront nickelodeons, to the awe-inspiring movie palaces, to the post—World War II theaters and the advent of the multiplex. Each theater has its own story, and together these stories make up a fascinating history of cinema viewing in Illinois.
~~~ This richly illustrated book—the first dealing exclusively with Illinois theatres— contains nearly 3,000 descriptions of historic movie houses, from the early 1880s to 1960. The alphabetically arranged entries, which include such information as the theater’s name, location, number of seats, and the dates it opened and closed, cover cities and towns from Abingdon to Zion, including Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. The book opens with a history of the movie house, beginning with silent movies shown on walls and ending with the multiplex era. It also includes a chapter on television’s impact and information on renovated historic theatres in the state. Appendices include lists of Illinois-operated movie theatre circuits, theatre websites and include a bibliography.

$65.00



click to enlarge Schiecke, Konrad, HISTORIC MOVIE THEATRES OF WISCONSIN: Nineteenth Century Opera Houses through 1950s Playhouses, Town by Town. . NEW copy, 7x10 hardcover. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009). 415 photographs, bibliography, index, 414 pp.
~~~ The state of Wisconsin is unique in the number of historic movie theatres that remain standing today. This book provides a reference guide to those theatres, from ones built as opera houses, auditoriums, and community halls in the mid–19th century to the ornate “movie palaces” of the 1930s and, finally, the quickly and cheaply constructed postwar theatres constructed in the 1950s.
~~~More than 900 Wisconsin theatres are arranged alphabetically by town in entries that provide the theatre’s name(s), location, number of seats, and opening and closing dates. A historical overview including information specific to each town or county provides a snapshot of the communities which supported these historic theatres and were in turn affected by them. The book includes more than 400 photographs demonstrating the different styles of theatres, including both original and present-day views.

$65.00





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