Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I’ll buy that for a dollar!

I love books. I am always looking for books. I buy a lot of books

The past few years I’ve had a lot of luck in thrift stores, with good books for reasonable prices, $1.00, $2.00…sometimes more. Just the last two weeks I seem to have been lucky with things I have found, all for $1.00 each. I thought I’d show what I found.

I love American Heritage magazine. I think it is the finest magazine published in the past 50 years. For many years it was published in a hardcover format. It was expensive, so people tended to hold onto them. Now I can sometimes find them in local thrifts for $1.00 each. I recently found several from the mid-‘60s.

What I like about AH is that while the articles are comprehensive and historically accurate, they are not like articles found in more scholarly publications. No footnotes, for instance. The magazine was criticized over its lifespan for its general appeal, but I believe it was a perfect magazine to make reading about history enjoyable. Many of the articles are well illustrated, too. Sadly, the last issue of American Heritage was published in 2013, and there has been no word if it will be continued.

I have shown a couple of articles from the magazine in this blog. Here are a couple of posts scanned from AH that have been accessed the most from my archives:

“P.T. Barnum’s London Scrapbook”, and “Trader Horn and the one-time-only movie star”.

Stay tuned; I have another article scanned and ready to go very soon.

I am always interested in books on cartooning and drawing for myself and for my young grandkids. I have been lucky to buy some really excellent books since the first of the year.

Although some of Jack Hamm’s drawings may seem dated, his advice is still great. These are two of the best how-to-draw books I have in my collection.

Tom Richmond is a great cartoonist who has made a lot of appearances in Mad, but no, the title of his book on caricature, The Mad Art of Caricature, has nothing to do with Mad, the magazine.

There are also graphic novels, or even informational books. Rock Toons is a history of rock ‘n’ roll originally published in French, translated into English. Mark Alan Stamaty is a cartoonist who sometimes does books for young readers, including this book on his Elvis impersonator act when he was in elementary school. Tom Tomorrow has a well-known satiric weekly panel called This Modern World, and this is a fabulous and comprehensive collection of his work, published in 2003.

Next time you pass a thrift store, pop in and check out the books. You can also find old vinyl record albums, video tapes, CDs and DVDs, usually at reasonable prices. Around my area VHS tapes are usually about 50¢, and prices on DVDs are around $2.00 or $3.00, but I have picked up some good ones, including whole seasons of TV series for a few dollars.


J_D_La_Rue_67 said...

I'm a huge fan of thrift shops, flea markets, garage sales etc., so I know how you feel.
My place is stuffed with moldy comic books, toys and action figures from the 70's-80's and that sort of things.
Only one basic rule: it has to be cheap, otherwise I don't buy it.
Sometimes, it's sort of thrilling, too. I bought a 1984 Baseball Smurfette for 50 cents, and it's rated 150 dollars or something like that on a collectors site.
Of course, no one will ever give you 150 bucks for that little blue piece of plastic, but who cares?

Postino said...

Mr La Rue, I agree! It's got to be CHEAP! Nothing is worth the big $$$ so many dealers want, so it's an extra treat to buy it cheap.