Hardcover: 124 pages
Publisher: Gibbs Smith; 1 edition (November 12, 2003)
Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.7 x 11 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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I was disappointed in this book, not because I was expecting a comprehensive reference work, but because it was so extremely narrow and artificial in scope. I had hoped to see vintage linoleum patterns in vintage rooms. Instead, the focus seemed to be on the rarest and wildest linoleum rugs - most of which were displayed rolled up - and all of which seemed to come from the same store in lower Manhattan. I could have achieved the same effect by visiting the store's website, which shows all the same pictures.
I just renovated my 1949-50 ranch house's kitchen into a retro look from the date the house was built. I ordered "LINOLEUM" with great anticipation. It was totally worthless to me. My expectations may have been too high since I had not seen the book before I ordered it online. So before you order it, make sure you check it out in a bookstore. It made maybe a total of about a page worth of comments on current products. No mention of all on their durability or success in today's real world.
My wife was doing something with linoleum so I bought her a very inexpensive used copy of this book as a joke. She loves it! She says it has beautiful reproductions, is cleverly written and has useful citations. It is a pleasure to read, she tells me, and useful as a reference book.
Jane and Linda were very quirky, funny women who both left the planet too soon. Jane's dry and acerbic humor and artistic incisiveness have never been more brilliantly set than is this highly informative and useful book. Linda's great photography, the layout of the work; it is a must-have resource for people who appreciate (and those who do not yet appreciate) the beautiful world of true linoleum. A book to look at, a book to use. A book to treasure.
I'm considering replacing a 50 year old kitchen linoleum tile floor in our 1886 home with a new linoleum tile floor so was interested in seeing all the vintage patterns. An added bonus was seeing the bathroom sink on page 114 that's exactly like one in our home that has a date stamp of 1841. I thoroughly enjoyed the "walk down memory lane" and found the book to be a great value for the price.