Friday, March 28, 2008

Old Timey Goodness

Dmarks over at the always interesting Throwawayblog chose this week's Saturday Scavenger Shots word. It is one that can go off in all sorts of directions! This week's word is OLD. I decided to show you some of my OLD children's books. They aren't that OLD and they aren't valuable or anything. They are just books that I saved because I like the illustrations or just the whole idea of them. Take a look:
This is a project from a book called How to Make Presents from Odds and Ends - 1972. It used to be cool to use wood and nails and stuff...I notice kids are not encouraged to play with nails much anymore.

This book is called The Curiosity Book - 1968. It mentions that sometimes women wear pants now, especially for activities that require freedom of movement. The 60's were awesome!

Here is a reading text titled All Through the Year - 1966. I like this perfect family.

This is another reading text. It is called Our Good Neighbors - 1955. If those were my neighbors I would probably complain about the smell of their horse and how their dog barks at all hours. haha!

I love this ABC and 123 book - 1955. I don't know if you can tell, but this page says, "H is for Homemaker. Wonderful mother." Aw!

Here are some pretty deranged looking giraffes. They are riding on The Little Circus Train That Led the Parade - 1955.
This is an illustration of Rumplestiltskin from a book called Favorite Fairy Tales - 1953. This book is actually in remarkably good condtion.

Another book in really good condition for it's age is Tenggren's Farm Stories - 1946. This is the cover and it has all kinds of darling illustrations inside.

Thank you for looking at my OLD books with me! Remember...you are only as OLD as you feel! See Dmarks for next week's tag!

11 comments:

AlienCG said...

Classic books are always interesting. The themes, the pictures, the ideals of the time. Great use of the word this week.

daffy said...

H is for homemaker! My mum was a proud homemaker. I remembered how comforted I was seeing her with an apron on. It's as if I knew I would be looked after by this lovely lady! Gosh! What a lot of memories. I don't think I can be much younger than you Laura as any of my childhood books would be very similar! I've just bought myslef a copy of The Faraway Tree Series by Enid Blyton. I was reminded of it by a fellow blogger and I thought, " I really want to feel that magic again!" and it hasn't disappointed me! :o)

Tara said...

If you enjoy looking at them, then they are valuable to you, right? Great idea to post these! I have a few books from my childhood including "Blueberries for Sal" and "The Fire Cat".

evil-e said...

You definitely personalized the use of the word this week. Not many of us know of or have instant access to old books. Very good, outstanding...GOLD STAR. I love the illustrations. It seems that the better technology gets the more lax the illustrating gets. The older stuff has more feel to it.

Mrs. Big Hairy Woman said...

If only I could remember those books.. I was born the same year that "All Through the Year - 1966"
So that is an "old" book..good thing I'm young at heart... he he.. great post..

Churlita said...

I love those old books. When I was a kid, we had those "happy family - learn to read" books. I lived with my mom as a single parent and those happy family books were my fantasy life.

laura b. said...

AlienCG: I do enjoy being reminded of not-so-distant past mindsets. Glad you liked it!

Daffy: My mom was too, until I was in high school...no apron though :-) I love Enid Blyton! It can be quite fun to revisit childhood favorites.

Tara: That's right, to me they are of value :-) Those are both classic childhood stories.

Evil-E: Ooh, gold star! Thanks! Some of my favorite new illustrators have a retro feel to their work. Everything old is new again, as they say.

MrsBHW: That is it exactly...you are only as old as you feel :-) Sometimes I feel like a kid, sometimes I feel quite elderly...I guess 45 is truly middle aged.

Churlita: They have recently reissued the Dick and Jane books so that a whole new generation of beginning readers can see Spot jump and admire Dad's sharp hats.

NHC said...

Very very nice. I should share some of the old books I have...

laura b. said...

NHC: You definitely should. Thanks for stopping by my blog :-)

dmarks said...

Stuff from the 1970s is old enough, for sure!

laura b. said...

Dmarks: Well, I don't have anything like your stuff :-) It has to be old enough at this point!