Today's acquisitions may be tomorrow's antiques and this book may well serve as the pathfinder for people bitten with the collector bug and endowed with pocket-books too slender for existing antiques. Actually, the dividing line is a narrow one, as collectors of American patterned glass will testify. One aspect here should be of interest to industrialists,- the importance of knowing the beginnings of each field, whether industry, manufacturing, agriculture, medicine, or what not. Our own Centennial Exposition sparked the interest in acquiring curiosities of our nation's early history and ""curiosity shops or bric-a-brac shops"" sprang up everywhere. Today farsighted museums and libraries are leading the way, while such projects as the Williamsburg restoration and the like draw hundreds of thousands. A brief text and over a thousand pictures introduce (in alphabetical order) such varied possibilities as agricultural implements, catalogs, decoys, ironstoneware, matchboxes, toleware, etc. Beginning collectors, gather while ye may.