Friday, 26 August 2011

I also read this on the ladybird books website; The Learnabout books of the 60s helped children to develop new interests, but focus on the factual side brought some unusual results. How it Works: The Motor Car (published in 1965) was used by Thames Valley police driving school as a general guide. Although out of print for some years, it is still asked for by driving schools. How it Works: The Computer was used by university lecturers to make sure that students started at the same level. Two hundred copies of this same book were ordered by the Ministry of Defence. But it was a special order - the Ministry wanted the books in plain brown covers, to save embarrassment!

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Ladybird Books

Despite managing three posts about them, I didn't grow up with Little Golden Books. I had very old copies of old fashioned Ladybird books. The ladybird books had a similar principle about affordable children's books. I like that now you can buy mugs etc with images from the books. You can also buy prints of the books here.

These are the ones I remember having;

The website says "The very first Ladybird book ever was produced by a jobbing printer called Wills & Hepworth during the First World War. The company, based in Loughborough, Leicestershire, began to publish 'pure and healthy literature' for children, registering the Ladybird logo in 1915. Despite the company's claims, however, those books would no longer be politically correct. In the ABC Picture Book, for example, A stood for armoured train!"

I particularly remember this one, the wolf and the seven kids, as it was such an odd story. The mother leaves the baby goats at home whist she goes to the shops. She tells them not to open the door for anyone but her. The wolf tricks them by putting flour on his paws and swallows all of the goats whole exept for one. When mother goat comes home, the last kid comes out from the grandfather clock and they go to where the wolf is napping and cut open his stomach. All the little goats pop out. They fill the wolfs stomach with rocks and sew him back up. Then he falls in a well. The end.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Whilst I was looking for info on Little Golden Books, I found this guy. He works for Pixar and his blog is very funny. He has been drawing a series of illustrators called  Lil' Inappropriate Books and has been published into a book called Movies R Fun. He draws scenes from films in the style of children's books.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Little Golden Books

Little Golden Books weren't just Disney books (although that's the only kind I had seen at Gosh Comics until I found

I would love to know what Mrs Ticklefeather is about. Other than that she has a parot who wears a hat and plays the violin.

Richard Scarry started out illustrator at Little Golden Book's.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Disney Little Golden Books

I've realsied what the vintage disney posters remind me of. These Disney Little Golden Books. They were first published in 1942, costing 25c, at a time when childrens books cost $3, a big exence for most families. The first Disney book was published in 1944.

 This Cinderella book was first published in (1950), and is still being published today. I actually bought a copy of this book and the artwork is still the same.

 This Dumbo was published in 1955.

Not all of the Disney books told the stories from the films.

I found an excellent blog;, where alot of these images are from.

Another thing I really like about these books is that even the modern Pixar film's books are done in a similar, old-fashioned illustration style.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Vintage Movie Posters

For some reason I was looking up every animated feature length film ever on Wikipedia (a full list here) and reading all about the ones that I had seen. Being unemployed does not suit me well. Some of the early Disney posters are so cool!

I think the original posters also totally give away when the film was made. This Aristocats one is so late 60s/early 70s. Whereas the Dumbo one is very typical of that style they used for children in the 1950s.

I prefer the front cover to the book I had of "starlight barking" which was the second book after one hundred and one dalmatians. Me and my sister agreed, the book was boring, we just liked to look at the front cover.

 I also find it funny that in the late 60s/early 70s cinemas would have late night showings of Alice in Wonderland and Fantasia based on their trippy quality. Disney of course deny that anyone ever got stoned and watched a Disney film.

A-ha. I've remembered why I was looking up Disney films. I was working out what order I like best pixar films in. If your interested the list from favourite to least favourite goes;

monsters inc
finding nemo
toy story
toy story 3
the incredibles
toy story 2
bugs life

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