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Re: Trapdoor Books

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 15 January 2015, at 11:26 a.m., in response to Re: Trapdoor Books, posted by Lane Douglas on Thursday, 15 January 2015, at 9:37 a.m.

A good library is absolutely essential to identifying and understanding what one finds in the way of artifacts. A buyer should ALWAYS know more about an item than the seller.

Prior to around 1980, the books that were available were, by and large, crap, filled with "Uncle Charlie" stories, and sloppy research. To be fair, trapdoors were beneath notice at the time - if you didn't collect Colts and/or Winchesters, you had to use the tradesman's entrance and didn't speak unless spoken to.

I exclude of course the RCOs which were then moldering away unloved and obviously unread by the early authors. In the early 70s, I ran into a stash of 7 or 8 volumes for next to nothing - I wasn't even aware of their existance. This of course led to a search for more - some three of which even "came back" from the UK. I "stole" my 1875 from a little bookstore in Jacksonville OR, after digging through a huge pile of dusty old tomes. I treasure my 1879, which is signed by John Greer, the OD officer in charge of the Hotchkiss project - goes well with the Armty rifle #101.

I should write a book . . . . . . . .


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