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The Book of Great American Firecrackers by Jack Nash

A new one-of-a-kind guide illustrating the history of American firecrackers, from the industry’s beginning to the federal ban in 1966, has been released by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. “The Book of Great American Firecrackers” by Jack Nash includes collectors’ identification and value guides, as well as covering the explosions, antics, and nostalgia of days past.

Including 183 color and black-and-white images of vintage photos and packaging, plus values for American firecracker collectibles, this is the first book to focus on U.S. firecrackers. Many pyrobilia guides cover Chinese firecrackers, but the U.S.’s history is just as colorful, from fireworks’ inception into American celebrations as a replacement for dangerous celebratory gun and cannon fire, until the final federal ban with the Child Protection Act of 1966.

Fireworks have made the 4th of July the best holiday ever, for generations of boys especially. Beginning with a brief history of the firecracker and how it came to America, the book details the types the U.S. produced — a wide array, from Cherry Bombs and Silver Salutes to Ash Cans and Torpedoes. Also covered is how the U.S. Industrial Revolution impacted fireworks, as well as the innovations throughout the American industry, from its successes to the factory disasters.

The Book of Great American Firecrackers, ISBN13: 978-0-7643-5142-6, can be ordered online at or on

Jack Nash is a musician, artist, and writer. He began collecting firework labels at a very early age and eventually became a licensed pyrotechnician. Active in the entertainment field, Jack developed special indoor pyrotechnic effects for the stage. He has done custom artwork for celebrities including Tim Robbins, Jason Priestly, and Teller.

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is a family-owned, independent publisher of high-quality books. Since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on the diverse subjects that fuel readers’ passions. From traditional subjects of antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, and military history, Schiffer has expanded its catalog to publish books on contemporary art and artists; architecture and design; food and entertaining; the metaphysical, paranormal and folklore; and pop and fringe culture, as well as books for children. Visit to explore the backlist of more than 5,800 titles.

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