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In this extraordinary book, Adrian Franklin, TV presenter, writer and serious collector takes a decade by decade approach to make "Collecting the 20th Century". Covering popular periods such as art nouveau, industrial, art deco, retro and modern, this book combines useful information with personal reflection in a lively and entertaining style. The book is separated into each decade, from the 1900s to the 2000s, and each chapter provides a detailed insight into the period, describing the design characteristics of the decade, and examples of collectables from the period. It also explores an iconic place or building that epitomises the decade. Each chapter includes two central areas of collecting in the decade, whether it's ceramic bathing beauties from the 1920s, vintage clothes from the 1940s, 1950s cars, or Memphis design from the 1980s. Tip boxes are scattered throughout offering useful advice on collecting for each of the decades. Lavishly illustrated throughout with colour images, largely sourced from the Powerhouse Museum, depicting the many wonderful collectables from the twentieth century, this book is the perfect companion for serious collectors and those who want a little glimpse into the fabulous world of twentieth century design.
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Adrian Franklin is a professor of sociology at the University of Tasmania who previously taught at the University of Bristol and the University of Oslo. He is an experienced TV presenter and broadcaster and a collector of 20th-century decorative arts.

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