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Country Houses and Seaside Cottages of the Victorian Era (Dover Architecture)
Country Houses and Seaside Cottages of the Victorian Era (Dover Architecture)
by William T. Comstock
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.95
42 used & new from $0.65

4.0 out of 5 stars a nice little book, May 2, 2007
A nice little book on the subject. Gives the reader a basic covering on a variety of dwellings of the period but unfortunately rarely gives more than one or two floors of a design that uas three or four without providing a full set. Also doesn't provide scale for some designs.


Victorian House Designs in Authentic Full Color: 75 Plates from the "Scientific American -- Architects and Builders Edition," 1885-1894 (Dover Architecture)
Victorian House Designs in Authentic Full Color: 75 Plates from the "Scientific American -- Architects and Builders Edition," 1885-1894 (Dover Architecture)
by Blanche Cirker
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.02
58 used & new from $6.77

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful little book, May 2, 2007
A delightful little book givint the reader great insight into Victorian architecture. Providing beutiful vision usingoriginal terminology that gives one the authentic flavor. Using Parlor instead of living room. Showing a sewing room and other such features. Peticularly interesting in the provision and in some others lack of provision of plumbing. Some have bathrooms and some don't.

An excellant book for the lover of architecture or of the Victorian period.

However, there is one awful drawback. And it is most dreadful. Some houses are not accompanied with floor plans. Examples being the beutiful house on page four. The Farragut clubhouse on page thirteen. The moderate cottage on page thirty one and the houses following to page thirty eight. While others have only one or two floors plans provided.

This could use a sequal to correct this defect and provide additional buildings for reader's enjoyment.


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful little book, April 20, 2007
An insightful book reproduction, of the goods available to an American over a century ago. Prices are most insightful.

Good for the student of imagery. Good for those interested in the period.

A treasure.


Children's Fashions, 1860–1912: 1,065 Costume Designs from "La Mode Illustree"
Children's Fashions, 1860–1912: 1,065 Costume Designs from "La Mode Illustree"
by Joanne Olian
Edition: Paperback
34 used & new from $0.48

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what your mothers would put you in back then, April 20, 2007
Funny thing, all I could think when I was reading through this was 'Hey Kids, if you think what your mothers are trying to put you in now stinks, this is what they would be putting you in back then'.

Considering what kids are wearing today, back then looks pretty good.

My only problem is this book does not show what work cloths of the time were like. Nor does it show ordinary cloths. Just the Sunday best.


American Dress Pattern Catalogs, 1873-1909: Four Complete Reprints (Dover Fashion and Costumes)
American Dress Pattern Catalogs, 1873-1909: Four Complete Reprints (Dover Fashion and Costumes)
by Nancy Villa Bryk
Edition: Paperback
53 used & new from $0.02

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure of insightful information, April 20, 2007
A fascinating little book. Insightful to a time when much of a family's cloths were not purchased in the store but made by the lady of the house on her sewing machine or in some cases sewn by hand.


In Enemy Hands
In Enemy Hands
DVD ~ Til Schweiger
Offered by Advantis Supplies
Price: $7.30
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars draggling, dull, despriting, devoid of a good story, April 14, 2007
This review is from: In Enemy Hands (DVD)
Didn't believe there could be a worse film than U-571 until I saw this one.

Scenes are pretty good. Costuming very period. They used a real submarine and they used real germans.

Acting is very low quality. Plot is dragging and dull. Diolog just dies. Spoken devoid of spirit. Other than the German captain and his exxo, none of the characters is really interesting.

Really pathetic this one.


Memoirs of a Geisha (Full Screen 2-Disc Special Edition)
Memoirs of a Geisha (Full Screen 2-Disc Special Edition)
DVD ~ Ziyi Zhang
Offered by Two Thumbs Up
Price: $4.96
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5 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars lovely scenes awful story, April 4, 2007
Finally saw this one. Glad I didn't bother wasting money buying it.

The scenery is really quite good. Very colorful. Wonderful costumage. Girls quite pretty. But all together they do not make up for a bad story with a poor plot and a set of stale unapetizing characters who literally fall flat.

This is what you get from a Hollywood where connections matter more than talent. An auful novel whose author clearly has more connections than talent becomes connected to produce a film that basicly wreaks.

All I could think while watching this boring tedius and very dull creation is What Is the Point of it All?

Hollywood needs a change in its self styled 'Artistic Class'.
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American Carriages, Sleighs, Sulkies, and Carts: 168 Illustrations from Victorian Sources
American Carriages, Sleighs, Sulkies, and Carts: 168 Illustrations from Victorian Sources
by Donald H. Berkebile
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good little book on pre-motor transport, March 15, 2007
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Today no family establishes itself without getting a van. But over a hundred years ago, the family had carriage or waggonet.

A well illustrated little book. Most informative on the pre-motor technology of horse drawn transport. I found it a joy to go through.

A must for anyone interested in this period.


Horse-Drawn Commercial Vehicles
Horse-Drawn Commercial Vehicles
by Donald H. Berkebile
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.25
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and informative, March 15, 2007
A fun and informative little book. Most insightful on pre motor transport technology. Most fascinating for those interested in history or in Horse drawn Transport.

Some of these little carriages, such as the double decker omnibus and the tree transport, blow the mind in regards to the genius of our forbears in how they applied the technology they had. Then there are the dump wagons.

A must for any library of anyone interested in pre-motor technology.


History of Punishment & Torture: A Journey Through the Dark Side of Justice (Hamlyn history)
History of Punishment & Torture: A Journey Through the Dark Side of Justice (Hamlyn history)
by Karen Farrington
Edition: Paperback
43 used & new from $1.80

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nicely illustrated but uninformative, February 28, 2007
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A ghoulish item for the coffee table with lots of pictures but little in information. Of no use to the scholar of this subject or of history in general.

Overall, not very good.


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