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Timeless Toys: Classic Toys and the Playmakers Who Created Them Hardcover – October 1, 2005
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Before I talk further about what's in the book I want to make mention of the overall look and feel of the book itself. This is a hard cover, full-color, coffee table sized book. But the brilliant design of the book ensure that it won't sit on your coffee table for very long. It begs to be picked up and examined. The pictures are large, sharp and reproduced in vivid colors. Even the dust jacket deserves a special mention. It uses a special fold at the top and bottom that has left room for extra info and a quiz to be printed. The nearly 300 thick glossy pages mean that this is a heavy book. Don't worry though, you'll have so much fun reading it you'll never notice!
Now a bit more about what's inside...
The contents are arranged chronologically, with special sections in the middle for toys from WHAM-O and designer Marvin Glass. These sections don't break up the flow of the book at all, but rather fit nicely with all of the other entries. Each toy, game or plaything includes information about the year of debut, the inventor, the company or companies that produced it and so on. The text is arranged in a two-column per page format but wraps around the pictures and illustrations as needed.Read more ›
I love that the book not only takes a look at the games themselves, but also at the real people who invented them and the stories behind them. Sometimes they're touching, sometimes they're silly. They're all interesting, though, and they'll bring you a new appreciation of all the toys and games you've always loved.
I can't emphasize enough how beautiful and interesting this book is. When we first got it, we actually argued over who got to read it first ("But Honey! I have to read it! For work!"). It's been sitting on my coffee table ever since, and every adult who has been in our living room has picked it up and become completely engrossed. Pick it up and see for yourself!
In addition to the fun of seeing all those cool looking toys and taking a nostalgic look back over the last century, it's an historical tribute to American and American immigrant's genius and hard work that has given us all so much pleasure.
treat yourself and your friends to this fine book.
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Beautiful hardback coffee table book. Wonderful photos and loads of information. Will bring you back to your childhood days. Well worth it for all ages.Published 8 months ago by Kevin R. McShea
Great book for the price! Has lots of good information and well documented photos. Had to buy for a History to Toy class, but also it's an enjoyable read all around!Published 11 months ago by Maggie Gilbert
Bless you mate!!!!!!! Your research is superb - finally accuracy on the origins of the plastic hoops later sold by Wham-O. Read more
Great coffee table book that tells of the inventions and inventors of all of the toys we loved as kids. Loaded with pictures of both the toys and the inventors, too. Read morePublished on February 24, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Very nice product. I strongly recommend it and you will love it too. I am very happy with it because its very good.Published on February 5, 2014 by GD