(from the Introduction) "The sewing machine made available to millions of people, more and better clothing at a fraction of the cost. Men and women everywhere use and wear articles made b the sewing machine. It has made possible the mass production of countless items and emancipated women of all lands as nothing else in history...Old sewing machines, especially those manufactured before 1870, make a first class collectible. Besides being decorative and functional, they represent an excellent investment...This guide...gives realistic values to collectible sewing machines."
Old Magazines, Second Edition, will delight both collectors and dealers. Author Richard E. Clear has 30 years of experience dealing in periodicals, and wrote his first book on magazines in 1974. Magazines from many different areas are included: movie, trade, fashion, farm, sports, and more, and over 300 new color photos have been added to this edition, representing the thousands of magazines available. The book focuses on the more common, easily recognized and attainable copies rather than rare issues. Each listing includes information such as title, size, volume, publisher, dates published, all known names of the magazine, and a realistic market value. Because old magazines often span large periods and appear in literally thousands of issues, Clear gives criteria for spotting the more valuable issues. Included in this new edition is a list of illustrators with information about where to find their work, a suggested grading guide, a list of paper dolls by name and where they can be found, and a ten-page section on advertisements.