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In Flagrante Collecto (Caught in the Act of Collecting) Hardcover – June 1, 2006
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Of course, much of the book features plenty of established collectables, like postcards, fruit crate labels, playing cards, political campaign buttons, matchbox labels and the old favorite: stamps. I thought the strength of the book was in picturing throwaway everyday printed ephemera and cheap production items like wire shirt-hangers, skate keys or shoe taps that normally no one would bother to collect. Karp sees keepers of such stuff as true collectors.
As a designer for print I'm into any scrap of paper that has type on it so most of the book is quite fascinating for me, so much of the contents are printed items. Recently I started to collect the menus from chocolate boxes and after a while, like any collector, I came up with the problem of finding out about the subject. Collect something too obscure and you're the only one doing it so there's no chance to trade or connect with others. You'll know when your collection has 'arrived' because Schiffer Books will publish one of their dreadful looking titles about it with the predictable cover line: Includes Price Guide.
An interesting point all the lovely illustrations throw up is that individually so many things do look dull and boring but collect several of them and suddenly they start to look visually quite exciting.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love collecting. This book is like a love letter to collectors. Whenever I start to feel a little silly about the various things that I collect I can turn to this book and feel a... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kellie Peterson
This book is a delight! I received it last spring for my birthday and am slowly making my way through it, savoring each page. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Carol
This was a big hit when the wrapping came off; given to a collect-a-holic who was a bit stunned that there was a bigger collector of the odd than he is,.Published on March 21, 2014 by Kathie Schneider
In Flagrante Collecto: Caught in the Act of Collecting by Marilynn Geifman Karp is a large coffee table style book bought new. Read morePublished on September 29, 2012 by Maria
The pictures and the way things are displayed, opens your mind up to the endless reasons and things to collect. I have also started to buy it for friends.Published on August 21, 2012 by Purse and Shoe Collector
This book is the perfect coffee table book. I say that because you can open it anywhere and be immediately hooked. You can spend five minutes or an hour browsing through it. Read morePublished on July 19, 2010 by reader
Reading this book was like day at my favorite swap meet, antique collective or a random search on eBay. Read morePublished on April 10, 2007 by Tod Rathbone