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The “1930 Motion Picture News Blue Book”

The “1930 Motion Picture News Blue Book” is a very cool, old Hollywood reference book! It boasts, “The Authoritative Who’s Who of Filmdom.” And, it is!

Published back in 1930 for the movie industry, this little “Blue Book” includes thousands of small biographies on every known actor, director, editor, writer, etc. during that time; and, in which films they worked. 

Here are a few examples of the ads spotted throughout this movie-stuffed book: Mickey Mouse Sound Cartoons, Harry Langdon, and Harold Lloyd!

As a short subject researcher, these types of reference books are gems. I feel lucky to own it! If you are looking for a copy, just Google it. A few copies are being sold on various websites.

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Posted by on November 22, 2013 in Books, Movie, Short Subject


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What are you gonna read? I don’t know, what are you gonna read?

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When I’m in the mood for reading a new book, different from any I’ve read before, I sometimes go hunting for a “book about books.” From a bookseller’s perspective, this is not a novel written with books as a story point, but instead a non-fiction book that describes, lists, or critiques other books. It could be purely a bibliography: a listing of an author’s works. It could refer to a particular category: mystery, gardening, film, etc. It could also just be about the simple love of books and reading. Whichever it is, a “book about books” can be a great reference; just the help I need to begin my new quest.

One of my favorite used bookstores, Magers & Quinn, has a section named “Books On Books,” as many used and new bookstores do. If your store doesn’t have one, you might try their “Reference” section. Another place to check is with your local library. Oh, and don’t forget to search online; you can use words like “bibliography,” “checklist,” or “book list.” Enjoy your book stalking!

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Posted by on June 3, 2013 in Books


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