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Old Tuesday 16th January 2018, 18:22   #1
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Nostalgia: 1960's Binocular Book Help Needed

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There was a book on binoculars I read frequently from age 12, which I found at my local public library in Iowa City (USA), and was probably published in the early 1960's. Unfortunately I don't remember the title or author. It was a very well written introduction to the world of binoculars of that period, including the early roof prism instruments. Does anyone remember such a book - if so, could you please post the information? I would like to hunt down a copy to look at again.
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Old Tuesday 16th January 2018, 20:28   #2
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Fleurviola, post 1,
Is it possible that you are referring to "Binoculars and all purpose telescopes" by Dr. Henri Paul, Amphoto Photographic Book Publishing, 1964, 128 pages reprinted in 1980 in a somewhat larger size, so that had only 96 pages.
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Old Tuesday 16th January 2018, 23:20   #3
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Dear Gijs van Ginkel,
Thanks for your reply. Unfortunately the book you mention does not ring a bell: I don't think the book I remember dealt with telescopes, but binoculars exclusively. I recall it as a hard-bound medium-size book, perhaps 150 pages, where the text was dominant but with quite a few black-and-white photos.
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Does the name J.R. Hebditch ring a bell? He was a well-regarded British author and binocular retailer who wrote a number of pamphlets and books about binoculars, telescopes and birdwatching during the 1940's-1960's. I have one of his pamphlets "Binoculars and Telescopes for Field Work" 1961 and he was certainly knowledgeable.
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Does this ring any bells?

http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?p=1378375
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Hi Steve,

'Binoculars and People' is marked Copyright 2008 in my copy.
It is a fairly recent book.

208 large pages.
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Good Day,
There was a book on binoculars I read frequently from age 12, which I found at my local public library in Iowa City (USA), and was probably published in the early 1960's. Unfortunately I don't remember the title or author. It was a very well written introduction to the world of binoculars of that period, including the early roof prism instruments. Does anyone remember such a book - if so, could you please post the information? I would like to hunt down a copy to look at again.
Thanks!
Hey, Fleurviola:

BINOCULARS: Fallacy & Fact was written by an old ... guy—if that helps, any!

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Dear Gijs van Ginkel,

I did another internet search, and you are correct - the book is

Binoculars and all-purpose telescopes: How to Choose, Test, and Use Them
Paul, Henry E
Published by Chilton Books, 1965

Really appreciate your help in locating it!
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Hey, Fleurviola:

BINOCULARS: Fallacy & Fact was written by an old ... guy—if that helps, any!

Bill
Bill,

I got a chuckle from that, great book by the way. I have gone through ~ 1/2 of it, but I find my self going back to prior sections. (great references). The part of the shop owner and dropping the glass had me roaring.

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Dear Gijs van Ginkel,

I did another internet search, and you are correct - the book is

Binoculars and all-purpose telescopes: How to Choose, Test, and Use Them
Paul, Henry E
Published by Chilton Books, 1965

Really appreciate your help in locating it!
Try ABE books:

https://www.abebooks.com/book-search...se-telescopes/


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Bill,

I got a chuckle from that, great book by the way. I have gone through ~ 1/2 of it, but I find my self going back to prior sections. (great references). The part of the shop owner and dropping the glass had me roaring.

A.W.
A chuckle you say???...I haven't had the time to dig into mine yet but thought it was going to be more of a horror/suspense novel...with facts made to fit the story line.....
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I had a copy of the Paul book years ago. It's a good read with some sound information. If you do an amazon search, it will probably come up.
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Fleurviola,
I am happy that the puzzle is solved, now the search for a copy of the book starts, may be fun.
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Gijs van Glinkel,
Just ordered a copy today from AbeBooks. Should be fun.
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