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Dolf is Not a Crook....

Posted By: Dan Shea
Date: 7/7/20 02:42

Dolf just sent me a letter and asked me to post online that "He is not a crook."

Regarding the new Vickers book. He pre-sold some over the last two years and the books not printed yet, and some people are saying he's just taking their money...

Truth on the Vickers book....

1- about 5 years ago, Blake asked me if I wanted to buy the rights to "The Grand Old Lady of No Man's Land." I called Dolf and asked what he thought, he said I should and he would work on updates. Several other luminaries all promised the same. Remember, Dolf does not own any of the copyrights on the books he did with Collector Grade, Blake owns them and Dolf was paid with books to sell.

2- i bought the book, can't use the title but must use it as a subtitle so the title is "The Vickers Machine Gun (Formerly the Grand Old Lady of No Man's Land)"

3- almost 4 years goes by, no one does anything, no one participates, no one sends updates, including Dolf. Blake does not have digital files or film, so I scan the book, OCR it, pay a graduate student to check every word against the original, we correct punctuation and English. Takes 3 months. I had already bought all of the original photos and research documents from Dolf 10 years ago. So, my employees sort the thousands of photos in the files and scan the right ones so now, we have original layout of proper text and photos.

4- we start the updates, corrections, and additions. Currently it is 227 more pages with lots of interesting new sections. Robert Segel and Richard Fisher have contributed.

5- Dolf stopped sending us new material a couple of weeks ago, we kept adding it in, doing his corrections and additions.

6- we'll be going to press soon, I do not have an exact date, we are polishing it.

7- this has been a ROYAL Pain in the Ass, like almost every book ever done.

And, it is a major addition to our culture, well worth the wait.

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