Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Inspirations: Vintage Books no.8

I thought that today would be a good day to spotlight a few more vintage books from my collection.

This first book, Our State Birds by Mary I. Curtis, was found at an estate sale for a family that was getting ready to move - not too shabby for $1! I mainly picked it up because I liked the cover design, but there are also some nice black and white bird illustrations in the inside, including a few amusing ones of Betty Draper-esque women feeding birds and watching them with binoculars. The end papers that are inside the cover also have a great map illustration with all of the state birds. The book is from 1947, published by Lyons and Carnahan, and illustrated by Julia Morrison.

This second book, Make and Make-Believe by Arthur I. Gates and Miriam Blanton Huber, was found at one of the used book stores in Syracuse and was also a case of picking it up because I liked the cover and the end papers. The inside illustrations aren't too shabby either, and are printed in a mainly blue and orange color scheme to match the cover. The cover design itself looks like it was drawing inspiration from Maxfield Parrish. The book is from 1931, published by The Macmillan Company, and illustrated by George M. Richards.

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