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Fit to Be Tied: Vintage Ties of the Forties and Early Fifties (Recollectibles) Hardcover – December, 1987

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Product Details

  • Series: Recollectibles
  • Hardcover: 95 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press; 1st edition (December 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896597563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896597563
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,469,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah (reidrs@dwx.com) on July 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Well, if you're into ties, this is a great book! Not only it is fun to look at, but it serves as a useful guide for dating and categorizing old ties. This book has quite a bit of good info, as well, especially about labels and designers. Worth a look!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a charming, but ultimately shallow, book. It's something I like to look at when I'm looking for inspiration on vintge style, but there's not much context here. I'd love a bit of socio-history to give it some substance.
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Format: Hardcover
I give the book five stars because no one author has bested the book yet...and the book was written when, the late 80's or early nineties? I have since purchased several vintage necktie books and the closest comparable vintage necktie book I have found was the Cowboy Necktie book by the Montanas! Although not as comprehensive as the Sparks book, it still has great photos and necktie selections. Sparks book has so many perinent examples, sections and histories, that I refer to it regularly as reference and just to admire all the great varieties of vintage neckties. I am still waiting for more books of this caliber and quality. Perhaps a continuation of the early fifties ties in depth.
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By Robert J. Lanier on December 10, 2009
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Fine book. Great pictures. Regarding the supra comment on valuation. No way you can value a tie due to the huge selection. A Vintge store may charge $90 and E-Bay may toss it for $5.00.

Considering a Brioni boring tie is $200 plus 8.25% in CA who cares what i pay.

I prefer Goodwill for most of my ties. A woman with taste buys the wild tie. The conservative man or one who works where he must dress mild gives it to Goodwill or the Salvation Army for the tax deduction. $3.25 with no tax beats any store.

This book has the pictures and some info. If you find one published you can note it and resell for much more.
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Format: Hardcover
If you are a collector this may interest you. The book is primarily photographs of beautiful collectible ties. There is some history of the tie and labels to look for. All in all is is a pretty book. I had hoped for more information on values but was disappointed in that respect.
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A super book on 1940s era neckties including old advertising, photos and text. Great fashion reference and just a fun read. I use this book a lot in my vintage clothing business.
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