Abbotts Magic catalogs are VERY COLLECTIBLE and HARD TO FIND.
Currently, this catalog sells for $63.99 to $119.00 on the Internet.
The Abbott Magic Novelty Company was formed in late 1933 by Percy Abbott.
Its most prosperous years spanned 1939-1953, under the guidance of Percy Abbott (through 1959) and then Recil Bordner (until his death in 1981) and then Recil's son, Greg Bordner.
Abbott's is still in business today, though it has been nearly 20 years since they printed a catalog.
This is Catalog Number 7, published in 1943.
This was one of the wartime magic catalogs, and features an appeal for war bonds, as well as a slightly different inventory of tricks, due to the rationing of metals and plastics for the war effort.
Abbott's catalogs are often called "magician's dream books" because they are chock full of hundreds of pages of amazing tricks and illusions that many magicians dreamed of owning and performing.
And just look at the prices!
You'll be dreaming that you could have owned these illusions at these prices!
Not only is this catalog entertaining reading, it is also an excellent resource.
Ever come across the name of an old effect or illusion, but you had no idea know what the trick did?
Pro magicians often use these vintage catalogs to research historical magic effects.