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Why do I have to E-MAIL you as opposed to using a shopping cart or PayPal link?
Just one reason: I want to verify that I have the item available that you're interested in before the transaction goes any further. I still answer all E-MAILs within hours and often even minutes after receiving them so that we can complete the transaction as quickly as possible.

Why haven't you answered my inquiry?
I answer all E-MAILs within 24 hours and usually within an hour. If you are an AOL, YAHOO, HotMail or EarthLink (I will not fill out EarthLink's e-mail approval forms) user make sure that their poorly written "SpamFilter" or "SpamBlocker" isn't blocking your incoming messages. In Yahoo just check your BULK folder. My response to you may be there. You can solve the problem by clicking on the Not Spam button while reading the message.

How old is vintage?
Most of the old yearbooks, phone directories, films, slides and photographs for sale here are from the '40s-'80s with a few exceptions on either extreme.

What is the general condition of the books?
In general, all books show minor cover, minor age staining, corner/edge and/or page wear and may or may not include signatures. Some of the books are unused and like new.

The yearbook cover may have minor scratches, tears, dings, stains. The corners of the book may be lightly bent or rounded. Book may not include plastic dust covers or if they do the covers may have rips, crinkles or tears. There may be minor effects of storage in a damp environment like slightly wavy or stiff pages and/or a light musty smell.

The binding may be a little loose but you can assume that, unless noted, the binding is strong and secure.

I flip through all of the annuals but on a rare occasion may miss a cut out picture, especially if it is of a single student or teacher. I may also miss some post-production student outsider artwork like mustaches, van dykes, angry eyebrows, martian antenna or devil horns that are added to teachers and the misunderstood. Extreme exceptions are usually noted.

Feel free to ask specific questions about condition.

Again, nearly all of the annuals and phone books listed are pre-owned. I do not note every occurence of tearing, cracking, staining or wear in the descriptions. If you want a near flawless book please prompt me (before sending money) to double-check the book for any damage.

Why do some yearbooks have pictures included and some don't?
I've only listed pictures for some of the more expensive celebrity yearbooks. If there are multiple yearbooks/years featuring the same celebrity I may only include a photo from 1 year. You can find pictures of students and ads from many of the books at highschooltown.com A small donation is required before viewing. This donation can be applied towards your yearbook purchase.

If there is only one picture shown does that mean that the celebrity only has one appearance in the yearbook?
No. There may be only 1 or there may be 12. I just select one as an example.

How much is shipping?
Media Mail shipping is priced into most of the yearbooks. Media Mail can take 1 to 2 weeks.

Shipping for Express Mail (overnight) orders is $40 for the first book and $20 for every additional book. Payment must be received by noon Central to go out the same day. Payments received after noon Central will go out the following morning, excluding weekends.

How much do the yearbooks cost?
Most of the yearbooks are $40 shipped. Yearbooks with celebrities or with significant damage are marked accordingly. Final sale price based on size, condition and shipping destination. Marked prices include shipping in the US.

Can you define some of the school terms to help me in my search?
Elementary School - a school including usually the first four to the first eight grades and often a kindergarten
Grade School - a school including usually the first four to the first eight grades and often a kindergarten
Intermediate School - a school usually comprising grades 4 to 6
Middle School - a school usually including grades 5 to 8 or 6 to 8
Junior High School - a school usually including grades 7 to 9 -- called also junior high
High School - a school especially in the U.S. usually including grades 9-12 or 10-12
Secondary School - a school intermediate between elementary school and college and usually offering general, technical, vocational, or college-preparatory courses
Prep School - preparatory school - a usually private school preparing students primarily for college
Freshman - a first-year student
Sophomore - a student in the second year at college or a 4-year secondary school
Junior - a student in the next-to-the-last year before graduating from an educational institution
Senior - a student in the second year at college or a 4-year secondary school
Fraternity or Frat - a men's student organization formed chiefly for social purposes having secret rites and a name consisting of Greek letters
Sorority - a women's student organization (as at a college) that is formed chiefly for social purposes and has a name consisting of Greek letters
Alumni or Alum - one who has attended or has graduated from a particular school, college, or university
Co-ed - a student and especially a female student in a coeducational institution
Homecoming - an annual celebration for alumni at a college or university
Prom - a formal dance given by a high school or college class
Hazing - an initiation process involving harassment
Rush - to try to secure a pledge of membership (as in a fraternity) from
Rushee - a college or university student who is being rushed by a fraternity or sorority
Sadie Hawkins Dance - based on Al Capp's "Li'l Abner" - an occasion when women take the initiative in inviting the men of their choice to a dance
Red-Shirt - a college athlete who is kept out of varsity competition for a year in order to extend eligibility
Undergraduate - a student at a college or university who has not taken a first and especially a bachelor's degree
Varsity - the principal squad representing a university, college, school, or club especially in a sport
Junior Varsity or JV - a team composed of members lacking the experience or qualification required for the varsity

How much do the phone books cost?
All phone book prices are listed. Final sale price based on size, condition and shipping destination. Most can be shipped for $2-$3 a piece via USPS Book Rate.

How much do the slides and photographs cost?
All of the prices for slides and photos are listed. Shipping for single slides is $1 and small lots can be shipped for $2-$4 via media mail.

Are your prices fixed or do you accept counter-offers?
You are welcome to make an offer on any item at the site marked at $75 or more. We do not pay shipping on discounted orders.

Do you offer discounts on substantial orders?
I do offer discounts like free shipping or a percentage discount for significantly large orders. This is determined after the order is placed. We do not pay shipping on discounted orders.

Can I use the slides, negatives or photographs for a book or album cover?
The original slides and photographs were sold by the photographers and families either directly or indirectly to me. Once I sell them I surrender any claim on them and you are welcome to do with them as you wish.

Some of the photographs for sale on the site were either produced from original negatives, slides or photographs and I intend to continue to sell copies unless we make other arrangements. These are under the headings Glossy Photographs Made from Original Media. If you are interested in one of these images for a public work let me know and we can make arrangements for you to also buy the source image.

How much do 8mm and 16mm films cost?
All of the films are marked. Should be able to ship most films for $3-$4 via media mail. Please note that I am unable to view 16mm films and can only view 8mm with an editing machine so many times I am depending on the person that I got the films from for an accurate description of the contents.

Will you look up something for me before I buy?
I will look up a name or two in the yearbooks but will not look up names in phonebooks. I will verify cities and directory types.

How do I place an order?
Click here to E-MAIL for availability and more details about condition. I will happily look up a picture or two for you before you commit to a purchase but will not scan anything. I will hold yearbooks for 10 days after your commitment to sale before making them available again. Please note: Please don't ask if we have yearbooks that aren't listed. All of the yearbooks we have are listed right here. All new books are posted within 24 hour.

How do I pay?
You can pay using your Visa/MC through PayPal.com.

Do you offer refunds?
I can only offer refunds on collectibles and not on images or books as they can easily be copied, reproduced and returned. The only exception to this rule are shipping mistakes on my end. If I ship you the wrong item you will of course be entitled to either the correct item or a full refund. The refund will be issued once I receive the returned item.

How often do you add new materials?
New yearbooks, phone books, slides and films are added at least once a month and generally weekly.

Do you buy or trade yearbooks, phonebooks, slides, photographs and films?
Yes. I am primarily interested in media from the Northern Virginia and Kansas City Metro area from the 1940s-1970s.

direct sales - I will generally make an offer based on your description and then pay for the shipping and delivery confirmation to my address. I pay the balance upon receipt. I usually pay $5 each for yearbooks that aren't from Northern VA or the Kansas City Metro area and .05 per 35mm slide. We are only interested in yearbook lots of 5 or more.

trades - I will cheerfully trade 1 for 1 materials on this site for any relevant Northern Virginia or Kansas City Metro area yearbooks, phonebooks, slides, films or photographs.

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