• 18 Sep
    2015

How to Know If Granny’s Old Books Are Worth Anything

At some point, most people find ways to dispense with the personal property of a loved one. Keepsakes are divided and estate sales are held. But one of the most difficult tasks is sorting through boxes and boxes of old books. How can you tell if any of them are valuable? Where can you sell […]

Read More
  • 17 Mar
    2014

Q & A with Harry Rinker: ‘Bone’ Picture Book, Honeywell Kangaroo Paperweight

QUESTION: I own a copy of the “Bone Picture Book,” published by McGraw-Hill in 1968. Before listing it on eBay, I tried to research its value. I found no information on Abe Books, Amazon, eBay or WorthpPoint. I am considering an opening bid request of $12, but am concerned the request is too low. What […]

Read More
  • 31 May
    2013

Space, the Final Collecting Frontier: ‘Star Trek’ Toys and Memorabilia

The second half of the 1960s was a memorable time for American television programming. Audiences were introduced to numerous shows that would become revered classics, including “I Spy,” “Days of Our Lives,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “Batman,” “Dark Shadows,” “Mission Impossible,” “Columbo,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “Sesame Street.” Also premiering during this period was another program […]

Read More
  • 6 Apr
    2013

Hitting a Circus Jackpot at Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

This year I hit the jackpot in my on-going quest to add to my collection of circus memorabilia. Each March, for most of the past 32 years, I’ve attended the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in St. Petersburg, Fla., searching for new items to expand my collection. The past three years I’ve written WorthPoint articles about […]

Read More
  • 12 Feb
    2013

Auction House, Damaged by Sandy, Returns with Toy, Book, Memorabilia Sales

LYNBROOK, N.Y.— Three auctions have been scheduled for February and March featuring historical memorabilia, rare books, stamps, and coins hosted by Phillip Weiss Auctions. The sales represent the return to live sales for the firm, which was displaced when its Oceanside, N.Y., building was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy and the company was forced to vacate […]

Read More
  • 16 Dec
    2008

Photographs as Book Illustrations

The History of Photographs as Book Illustrations Projected images date back to as early as 1544, when multi-mirrored instruments were used to transfer the solar eclipse onto a flat surface for safer viewing. In the 1600s, this same concept was expanded with a device called the camera obscura, which projected a scene onto a paper […]

Read More
  • 29 Nov
    2008

What Vintage Children’s Book Collectors Collect

Vintage Children’s Books

By Liz Holderman

Children’s book collectors cover a very wide spectrum of interests, collecting many different sub-genres within the field, and often couldn’t be more different in terms of their personal favorites. Here are just a very few areas of collectibility.

Juvenile Series

Read More
  • 9 Oct
    2008

Children’s Book Awards Winners—Different Thoughts in Collecting

Children’s Book Awards Winners—Different Thoughts in Collecting

By Liz Holderman

Fans of antique children’s books collect in many different ways. Some like to collect the entire work of one author or illustrator, some like only first or limited editions, some seek books about a certain subject and some like to collect books that have received literary awards.

Read More
  • 4 Sep
    2008

Dating The Wizard of Oz

Many old books do not include publication dates. Copyright dates, which are often incorrectly used to determine a book’s age, are usually much earlier than actual publication dates, because most classic books were eventually produced by a variety of publishers and sometimes with a variety of different illustrators. L.

Read More
  • 4 Sep
    2008

The History of Recorded Fairy Tales

Folk and fantasy stories have been passed down through the ages for thousands of years and have an ancient oral tradition in almost every country. The early fantasy tales were quite a bit different from the sanitized versions produced today.

Read More