Toy Trains a History By Pierce Carlson Dust Jacket Copyright 1986 160 Pages

Toy Trains a History By Pierce Carlson Dust Jacket Copyright 1986 160 Pages

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Toy Trains a History By Pierce Carlson Dust Jacket Copyright 1986 160 Pages
Toy Trains a History By Pierce Carlson Dust Jacket Copyright 1986 160 Pages
The toy train collecting market has experienced enormous growth over the past few years, and toy trains are now among the most popular and sought-after collectibles on both sides of the Atlantic. Their appeal is great, not just to established or prospective collectors, but also to everyone who cherished a Hornby or Marklin train set in their youth or who is interested in, or intrigued by, the fascinating evocation of past times conjured up by toy trains. Because of the nature of the toy train making business, the appeal of these objects is international. Though Germany led the world market for many years, toy trains were made in many countries, and the diverse lines and liveries produced drew inspiration from numerous parts of the world. In addition, the expansionist export policies of makers, wholesalers and retailers have meant that toy trains are today just as likely to be unearthed in India or Malaysia as in Britain or the United States.
The chronologically ordered sections of this book cover over a hundred years - from 1840 to 1955 - the entire history of the world of toy trains, from its precursors to the aftermath of the "golden age". The illustrations are also grouped by date to allow easy visual appreciation of stylistic and technological developments and changes, and this historical arrangement of text and pictures allows swift and straightforward reference when dating objects. Numerous individual trains from all periods and makers are illustrated, and, even if a collector's specific items are not shown, they can be quickly related to similar objects that are, and thus broadly identified and dated.
The comprehensive captions to the illustrations identify and give the name, maker and date. Important stylistic and technological features are noted and comments on points of special interest are included. The captions also identify the item's price group.
This imaginatively conceived book with price guide encapsulates the world of the toy railway by supplying a complete chronological history of the subject, a wealth of factual detail for collectors and numerous carefully selected and beautifully photographed illustrations.

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