Just FANTASTIC! The pictures are great,the information is very helpful and to the point. What I like about the book is all the infomation is located almost always next to the picture not one or two pages ahead or behind the picture. R.M. (Wisconsin) It is wonderful, it just arrived and I want to stop working and read it from cover to cover but unfortunately work pays for all my Nipper things so I can't do that. S.S. (Pennsylvania) Your book is absolutely incredible. It is really nicely done with wonderful photographs. This is a must for any Nipper collector's coffee table. R.M. (New Jersey) Wow what a great book! I really enjoyed looking through it and I'm sure will appreciate it even more as I read through it more carefully. R.C. (Oregon) I can unbiasly recommend the Rolfs' new book! S.R. (Pennsylvania) The book is a marvel and you should be extremely proud of it. Another in the high quality collector books for our hobby. I am so excited to spend more time and find more new things. I have looked through it 3 times just for the pictures and I keep finding pictures I didn't notice on previous passes. This will bring hours of fun to many. D.M. (Oregon) Robin & Joan, I received the very very wonderful Victor book today. WOW! what a great job. C.G. (Michigan) There are not enough superlitives to describe this publication. Have not put it down all night, I want to take tomorrow off from work to read it. M.D. (England) Both my husband & I are really enjoying your book. It is great. Much better than any of the other books I have bought on Nipper collectibles,and it is giving us some additional history we didn't know. D.B. (Nevada) --Readers Response
Nipper has been part of our family for over thirty years. Joan's parents placed an old Victrola in her bedroom when she was two years of age. The old music from the Victrola became part of her life. Every time she lifted the lid, she saw this cute little dog looking into the gramophone. As years passed, Joan went to college and her younger brother played with the Victrola until the spring broke. Her husband Robin was intrigued by the technology of the music machine and the rest is history. They began collecting phonographs and when Joan saw her first papier-mâché Nipper at an auction, she knew it had to be adopted for their home. The Nipper family grew and our knowledge broadened with each new Nipper item that came into our home. They have written several articles on Nipper for local and state newspapers and have co-authored a book with Bessie and Floyd Seiter in 2001 titled, Phonograph Dolls that Talk and Sing. They are also authors of the resource book: Phonograph Dolls and Toys. The authors have written articles relating to the phonograph hobby for AntiqueWeek, Antique Phonograph News, The New Amberola Graphic, In The Groove, Fox Cities Magazine, The Sound Box, Yesteryear, and are editors of the Badger Talking Machine, the Wisconsin MAPS chapter newsletter. They received the MAPS Founding Fathers Award in 2006 for their contributions to The Michigan Phonograph Society. Joan has a BS degree in Business/Interior Design. Robin has his BS and MS degrees in Technology Education. They are owners of Audio Antique LLC, a business that specializes in phonographs, Nippers, dolls, and related antiques from the Victorian period to the 1940 s. Joan enjoys collecting the Nipper trademark dogs and Robin is enthralled by the technology of phonograph mechanisms and mechanical sound reproduction. Together they make a great team to present information on the Nipper trademark and the many Nipper collectibles.