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I think, for me it will be a ‘dip in and out ‘ read and I must say I find something of interest every time I pick it up. Hope it becomes a good seller for you Don. I would recommend the book. Bear me in mind when you are publishing your 2nd book.
LOVELY book- really enjoyed it.
It is a very interesting visual reference book and not one to be left on the shelf. The book is slim, easy to hold in one hand, a little gentle pressure to further open the pages. All words clear. It easily fits into a man’s inside pocket to take as a reference book visiting for example Antique fairs. From a lady’s point of view it would be good to make a little smaller, yes it would be thicker but would fit every hand bag. Finding it so interesting, people would, I am sure look out for gadgets on their travels. The book is also of such social interest, a topic for conversation.
I found the content of the book very interesting and I liked the layout, pictures were nice and clear. Only thing that could improve next book would be to include more dates of origins. Good luck with your next book.
I found the book full of fascinating items, as did my friends. I fell happily upon items that I knew but was even more pleased to discover new and ingenious gadgets of which I was unaware. I must congratulate you on the excellent commentaries which you add, this is much better than simply saying what it is. Obviously grappling with the inner edge was a problem at my age but I eventually triumphed ! I am of course used to reading your column in the Chronicle, part of the fun of that is trying to work out the use before reading the second part when all is revealed. In the book the title gives that away, I wonder whether even just putting the title at the foot of the page and in less prominent script would enhance the fun ? Alternatively you could try and think of a ‘’sub –editor’’ type title for the head of the page just hinting at the use and then do your usual lower down. You could still have the index to the correct description. I must say I am delighted to have my own copy and also that it makes a nice gift to all sorts of people. I am looking forward to vol 2.
A neat compilation of gadgets of days gone by, some of which even stir my memories. Enjoyable read and a good reference book for browsing around markets and antique fairs.
My Super Stepdad loved your book I gave him as a Father’s Day Gift! Thanks Don!
|Bought my 85-year-old Dad your book for Fathers day. He thinks it’s great and remembered my grandmother using some of them especially the button hook.|
Having been given by my Grandson a copy of Don Balkwill’s “101 Forgotten Gadgets”, I am most impressed with the content of this small reference guide to Antiquarian Gadgetry.
I always follow Don’s column in the Abergavenny Chronicle, and often wonder where he manages to constantly dig up these small forgotten treasures from, also the many hours he must take researching these gadgets, to find their use, there are many I recognize, in his weekly column, but in this reference guide, there are plenty I am sure, that most people will definitely not ever have seen before, myself included.
It would be most appreciated by all his regular followers, that if one day, Don takes it upon himself with a follow-up edition, of this exemplary guide to antique gadgets.
This book is wonderful, great little read!