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Yesterday's Toys: 734 Tin and Celluloid Amusements from Days Gone By Hardcover – January 12, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (January 12, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884822959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884822957
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #508,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gord Wilson VINE VOICE on February 6, 2002
As an introduction to Teruhisa Kitahara's magnificent toy collection, this book is lavish and enchanting. The large-sized, hardback coffee table book edition consists almost entirely of gorgeous, color photographs of toys from the past, which are visually interesting and require little comment. What comment there is, however, is sometimes wrong. That's not a big downside, because toy hobbyists don't read Kitahara so much to learn about their hobby, as to gaze at the wonderful treasures in his collection.
This book is compiled from three previous Kitahara books covering, respectively, "dolls, clowns and animals"; "planes, trains, boats and cars";" and "robots, spaceships and monsters." Someone interested in one of those categories isn't necessarily interested in all three. I, for one, find myself mostly drawn to the third category of robots and spaceships.
Other visually lavish and not-too expensive books in that category include "Vintage Toys: Robots and Space Toys" by Bunte, Hallman and Mueller. "Marx Toys: Robots, Space, Comic, Disney and TV Characters" by Maxine Pinksy includes lots of old robots because many of them were imported through Marx or its subsidiaries. "Baby Boomer Toys and Collectibles" by Carol Turpen is also fascinating in this regard. One recent book I very much like is "Space Toys of the '60s," by James Gillam, which concentrates exclusively on three toy lines: Zeroid robots from Ideal, Mattel's Major Matt Mason, and Colorforms' Outer Space Men. Along with many color and black and white photos, this inexpensive oversize paperback provides a fascinating history and personal discussion of these toy lines.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27, 2000
This a wonderful book if you love to look at the history of toys. the photos are wonderful and colorful. I am a graphic design student and my class bought this for our teacher who is always looking for photo of toys resource book. It has it all and its fun to look at.
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By Sam Pea Mom on January 26, 2014
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Very enjoyable. Great photos, explanations, a true bargain. Written by two (I assume) Japanese collectors who are curators of a toy museum.
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