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Ray Gun [Hardcover]

Eugene W. Metcalf , Frank Maresca , Charles Bechtold
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October 1999
Authoritative, comprehensive and visually dazzling a history of Ray guns and Spcae Toys as they evolved over a span of forty years

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Eugene Metcalf is an educator who specializes in

Frank Maresca is a collector


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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing archive of lost era... May 15 2000
This book is the bible for vintage rayguns.
It was great to see the toys of my wonder years in full color. Inspires me to become a collector!
Lots of fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past. April 8 2007
By Robin Benson - Published on Amazon.com
Though it was published some years ago its nice to see that this lovely book is still in print. The landscape format is ideal for showing off the streamline design that was a requirement for any gun of the future.

Each model is shown in profile and a nice touch is the removal of the photos background so the guns are floating on the page. Another idea that gives the book a lift are several pages of period graphics: movie posters, ads and the original gun boxes. The first blaster is from 1935, a surprisingly good condition Buck Rogers pistol, made by Daisy. The models are shown in date order up to the mid-sixties and mostly from the US and Japan with several from Europe.

Considering that this was a really tiny part of the toy market you might think it surprising that a book should be devoted to the subject but there is another equally beautiful title showing more: Zap! Ray Gun Classics. This is out of print but you'll easily be able to pick up a used copy. Both books will give you a nostalgic blast for the past.

***FOR AN INSIDE LOOK click 'customer images' under the cover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book!! July 13 2013
By THM - Published on Amazon.com
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There was a time when all you needed was a couple of friends, imagination and a 49 cent toy to make for a great afternoon. Great book for toy collectors or for Babyboomers who just want to be reminded of a time when toys were functional, cool and pieces of art. Of course at the time we didn't recognize the art. This is only obvious in hindsight.

The photography is excellent with great detail and color. The book's opening provides an excellent history and narrative relating to these toys. I also found that the book is very comprehensive in that it presentated the best pieces with no omissions.

Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ray Fun book review April 23 2010
By J. Fultano - Published on Amazon.com
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A great reference book featuring the toy guns from the 1930's through the 60's. I bought it to use as a reference point for a tattoo I was getting. After looking through the entire book we ended up with a composite of a couple different toy guns to create the tattoo. A good $12 spent for a lifetime of art.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ray Gun March 18 2014
By Sandra D. Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
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This book arrived today as a gift for my husband. "This book is fantastic!" he shouted to me. Not only did it have an ad on an early toy gun he owned, but he found out his "clicker" guns were from 1953 instead of from the 1960's. He buys and collects space memorabilia and toys. This book is a great addition to his collection and he wants me to get him another one... one to read and one to put away. As always, it was packaged great and arrived in a very timely manner. I love the service I get from Amazon.com and from all their vendors.
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and well illustrated with details Aug. 9 2013
By RuthBranham - Published on Amazon.com
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Liked the introduction/history information. A welcome addition to an otherwise obscure subject....the illustrations "explain" the details and sometimes the construction.
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