Traction Fans Directory 1962       Soft cover
Traction Fans Directory 1962       Soft cover
Traction Fans Directory 1962       Soft cover
Traction Fans Directory 1962       Soft cover
Traction Fans Directory 1962       Soft cover
Traction Fans Directory 1962       Soft cover
Traction Fans Directory 1962       Soft cover
Traction Fans Directory 1962       Soft cover
Traction Fans Directory 1962       Soft cover
Traction Fans Directory 1962       Soft cover
Traction Fans Directory 1962       Soft cover
Traction Fans Directory 1962       Soft cover

Traction Fans Directory 1962 Soft cover

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Traction Fans Directory 1962 Soft cover
 
Traction Fans Directory for 1962
Soft cover
Copyright 1962 The Vane A. Jones Co.
199 pages
Index to Advertisers; Firms, Dealers, Clubs & Museums3
Foreword 11
Dedication 13
Museum Photos & Stories17,72
Map showing ALL traction lines ever operated 19
Reviews of Publications, Films, Recordings, etc. 33
List and Map showing all traction lines presently operating 38
Prototype Photos of operating traction lines45
Color Photo section - real and models 59
Model Traction Manufacturers Guild -a history 67
Geographical listing of Traction Fans, firms, & groups75
Missing  172
Model Traction Photos  65,176
New Products Review  187
Traction Fan Ads  191
The Editor's Page 193
Key to Abbreviations and Symbols used thru-out this book 194
FOREWORD
Nearly fourteen years ago, we published the first edition of "Traction Fan's Directory---that was in 1948! At the time it was published, we planned to make it an annual publication; however, sales of the First Directory left a lot to be desired; and the quality of the publication left a lot more to be desired. At that time, we did all of our own plate-making, typesetting, printing, binding, trimming etc. It was truly a one-man, do-it-yourself project. Only a real dyed-in-the-wool Traction Fan would have purchased it! Yet we sold out in about 6 months! It is easy to compare the 1962 edition with the 1948, and see what progress we personally have made in our own skills. Hand lettering, and the various Varitype fonts were the only ways at that time available for presenting interesting ads; with few exceptions. In this 1962 edition, you will notice a wide variety of display types, many of which were available thru the Antique type collection of Traction Fan, David Peat. Dave helped us hand set many of the headings and ads, and without his generous help, this publication would have none of the interesting typefaces used in many of the ads and articles. Even in 1962, we composed all the reading matter, and many of the ads, however, the big improvement is in the lithography. By using a large commercial printer and bookbinder, we have what we feel is a top quality publication. We hope you feel that it is. We have been very finicky about the photos used. Many interesting photos were received, but were not of the proper lighting or were slightly out of focus, these we could not use. And yet as we go through the "left-overs" we find over a hundred of good quality photos that had to be left out, simply because there was not room for them. To see what we are going to do with these extra interesting photos, both model and prototype, see the ad on page 136!
Our original plan, was a book of about 132 pages and we hoped for about 50 pages of ads, leaving 82 pages for photos, the directory itself, maps, etc. You can see what happened! We end up with about twice as many ads as we had expected; and that meant we had to increase the editorial content. We feel that in this type of publication, that the ads are the most interesting part. We especially asked our advertisers to use plenty of photos and drawings, and where possible to use professional talent in preparing their copy. We personally feel that several of the ads are outstanding---from a typographers standpoint, as well as from the viewpoint of the average traction fan. (Who says there are no average Traction Fans?) You fans who read the 1948 edition will remeTfEer that we promised then, that if we ever published another edition, it would be of better quality. This is it!

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