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This is the ""how"" for you and me of the de luxe Lock, Stock and Barrel by the Rigbys (published by Lippincott in 1944). When I finished that, though I was more than ever intrigued by the fascinating hobby of collecting, I abandoned all idea of becoming a collector. Now, with the stimulus provided by Morgan Towne's wealth of suggestions of what might be in that attic or unhousecleaned chest or drawer, I'm hunting the time to delve for what hidden treasure there may be to finance the collecting I'd like to do. For his is not a book for collectors, primarily. It's a book to help you know how to discard, where to guard against throwing away something worthwhile. Practically everyone, at some time or other, has had reason to dispose of a lot of trash and taken the easiest way- the junk man, the Salvation Army, or the rural dump. He indicates the kinds of things to look for in books and pamphlets, magazines, old newspapers, broadsides, posters, cards, albums, scrapbooks, programs, valentines, mail-order catalogues, atlases, prints, parcels and boxes, wallpaper, furniture, lighting fixtures, china, silver, pewter, tinware, glassware, fire tools, kitchenware, textiles, jewelry, clocks, buttons, tools, sporting items, stamps and so on. This is not in any sense a handbook to determine values. Rather it is a guide to where to go further, how to make initial decisions, how to learn enough to take the next step, and so on. He'll make a jackdaw or a packrat of me yet. Adventure reading for those already interested. The excellent topical bibliographies are worth the price of the book.

Publisher: Doubleday