Cover of 1950s Girls’ Annual – Jolly Book for Girls

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Anthony Sargeant was an antique dealer for many years though now semi-retired. Although dealing mostly in 16th-18th Century Oak Furniture and antique rugs and carpets – he discovered some years ago that he could help OXFAM by buying up boxes of books from house clearances that came up for auction. For a few pounds which he considered as a donation it was often possible to buy boxes containing perhaps 30 or 40 hardback books which OXFAM could sell for a few pounds each. This meant that for a £10 ‘donation’ OXFAM could make perhaps £100 PLUS since these were gift aid items they could recover a further £25 from The Treasury in relation to income tax. How to turn £10 into £125 for charity. Since Tony was at the auction in any case buying antiques it was not hard work and quite fun – and sometimes their were interesting books among the boxes – like the cover of this Girls’ Annual published by Nelson in the UK in the 1950s.

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