Friday, December 20, 2013
Not really sure of the age of this but I love stuff about Disney and spaceflight and it is around 1956-1960. Anyway what could be better this time of year than a new (old) space toy? Part of the line of Kestral Disney inflatable pool toys.
I am suggesting that the images tell a story from early attempts at rockets and ballooning to a voyage to the Moon to modern individual rockets (with Donald, Mickey, Goofy, etc.) It makes me smile and certainly it was never intended to be around 50 years later. Happy Holidays!!!
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
DIG THAT CRAZY MOON MINING VEHICLE!
A Ukrainian rather than Russian children's space book. The translation is from the seller so it may also be closer to "travel in the future." It is about the vehicles we might find in the future. The design of the illustrations are really wonderful reminding me of World's Fairs, Thunderbirds, and other cool vehicles of the future. Not as many space vehicles but jetpacks, moles, flying cars and other interesting modes of transport await.
Future Travelers. 15.5 x 22.8 cm. 120 p. 1970
The joy to me is in the design of the vehicles as well as the drawings at the beginning of each chapter. Here are the chapters:
There are a number of black & white illustrations. Here are a few of my favorite vehicles:
Monday, December 2, 2013
A French re-printing of "By Spaceship to the Moon (1952)". I had blogged about this book way back when I was starting out in 2009:
So the arrival in my collection of the French reprint gives me a chance to share many more incredible illustrations from this book.
Coggins, Jack and Pratt, Fletcher. Illustrated by Coggins, Jack. By Spaceship to the Moon. New York: Random House. (56 p.) 29 cm. 1952
Coggins, Jack and Pratt, Fletcher. Translated into French by Francois Musard. Illustrated by Jack Coggins. Premiere Croisiere Sur La Lune. Paris: Agence Francaise De Presse. 1953.
I find the paintings in this version were reproduced better than other copies so you can appreciate Jack Coggins beautiful artwork.
The style of hardware in this book hearkens back to a boilerplate construction and this "moon buggy" is unique.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Allward, Maurice. Illustrated by North, T.E. Timothy's Space Book.
: Collins. (44 p.) 21 cm. Illustrated Boards. 1961 London
ID. Primary. B&W and color drawings and paintings. Basic text includes a history of space flight, basic rocket theory, and plans for Project Mercury. Contains many beautiful illustrations of rockets, spacesuits, space stations, the surface of the Moon, and the planets.
Here is another lost gem of a children's book. Maurice Allward was a well known and prolific writer of British non-fiction children's books.
It covers both the, current at the time, space efforts and the potential for future exploration.