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Today’s post features artwork spanning seven decades of book publishing – luxuriate yourselves in this selection of book covers plucked straight from the shelves of TVTA!
Some titles will be instantly recognisable, others quite obscure, some have been adapted for stage, film or television, but all are equal here in having wonderful covers to bind their tales.
Enjoy your book.
Thank you for staring longingly at the cover with us 🙂
All images scanned from books selected from the collection of TVTA.
Chip Kidd quote art courtesy of quotefancy.com
Warning: this Halloween blog post contains themes of adult horror which may not be suitable for all audiences.
Happy Halloween dear readers! This year I’m doing something a little different… I recently entered a Halloween flash fiction challenge, with the rules being the story must contain fifty words and be scary. You could enter as many times as you liked, so I’ve selected thirteen of my most gruesome tales which I’m reproducing here for TVTA’s annual Halloween party post!
The storybook and vinyl record was an opportunity for children to fully immerse themselves in their favourite fairy tale, nursery ryhme, song or film. As Disney proclaimed: children can “see the pictures” “hear the record” and “read the book”. Disney Records and its Buena Vista label, along with Peter Pan Records and its derivative Power Records, were among the first companies to explore this multi-media approach to entertaining children by releasing storybooks with a vinyl record. Later would come cassettes – adding a new dimension of ‘mobility’ to the experience, when children could listen on a Walkman and be free to move from room to room or even go outside.
In today’s post we take a look at some French storybooks and vinyl records aimed at the younger children’s market, featuring fairy tales, nursery rhymes and traditional songs. Especially, we take the opportunity to look at some of the artwork involved, and here we see wonderful illustrations from the likes of Biosca, Denise Chabot, Agathe Tran Quang My, Annette Moch and JP Huster who each contributed delightful art for many record sleeves and booklets aimed at children throughout 1960s and 1980s France.
The art of Denise Chabot from “Rondes Enfantines” storybook and record
The art of Annette Moch and JP Huster – “Fabulettes” 1964.
The art of Biosca – “Fabulettes en Couleurs” and “L’école”
The art of Agathe Tran Quang My and Biosca – “Fabulettes” 1969
Walt Disney storybooks and records
Little Red Ridng Hood
Thank you for “seeing, hearing and reading” with us 🙂
How lovely! Yesterday morning in the TVTA mail room, while opening envelopes containing our usual assortment of comics, catalogues, adverts and, erm, bills, I managed to find a surprise gift just for little old me!
Wow, thanks Wooof! I can’t believe you ordered me a set of Chet Phillips Vintage-style Travel Poster Postcards!
Chet Phillips is a digital artist, and you can check out his work here
In the meantime, feast your peepers on the the cool pressie Wooof got me – six vintage-style British and Scottish Tourism posters, upon which not just a splendid tour of Britain is promised, but something else lurking in the scenery!
As always, thanks for looking 🙂 Thanks Chet for making some wonderful art! And thanks Wooof for the cool gift 🙂
Probably my new favourite print advert!
As regular readers know I’m a bit of a fan of Halloween, and I was going to save this beauty for the Big Day… however, the advert is simply too cool not to share right now!
The Shrunken Head Apple Sculpture Kit
Endorsed by horror legend Vincent Price (I love the line: ‘Look for Vincent Price’s pretty face on the cover’), the Shrunken Head Apple Sculpture was a kit enablng you to decorate and bake apples in the form of nightmarish shrunken heads! Accessories included a baking capsule (The Shrinker) which you heated using a 40 watt common household light bulb , hair, beads, templates for carving facial features, cord, a paint brush, and a carving tool.
The artwork for my 1976 print advert was created by Mort Drucker, a long time contributor to Mad Magazine. The Shrunken Head Apple Sculpture was produced by Crafts By Whiting, a Milton Bradley Company.
TVTA bonus trivia!
As well as the Shrunken Head Apple Sculpture Kit, Vincent Price was hired by Milton Bradley to appear in advertising campaigns for two of their other popular products: the games Hangman and Stay Alive.
That’s all for now, vintage mates. Thank you for shrinking fruit with us 🙂
Below images courtesy of Wikipedia The Kid (1921 film)
We certainly thought so. Presenting a mix of international advertising and graphic art, 1980 to 2017.
Greek telephone cards, 2000
Swift Wind, Princess Power, 1986
Disneyland Paris ticket, 2015
Black Sabbath autographs
Leaflet cover for Dali Exhibition Paris, 2017
1980s mailing sleeve, Netherlands. Featuring Master of the Universe, My Little Pony and Zoids
Groquik, Pif Gadget, France,1986
The universe of marbles, Pif Gadget, France, 1986
Unknown Japanese newspaper print ads
Warren Movie Magazines: Moonraker, The Lord of the Rings, Alien, Meteor, US, 1980
Homemade 3D Ghosts scan
Postcards from Stella
thanks for getting interesting with us 🙂
Thanks to Philip Ayres for identifying the Zoids toy in the mailing sleeve as the Spine-Back (AKA Gator in Japan).
Good afternoon vintage mates. Do you think black cats are lucky or unlucky? Check out some cool vintage black cats by Wibi Wonders and enjoy. I reckon they’re perfect for good luck, for Halloween, and office cats called Wooof approve of them too 🙂
Excuse the pun – I couldn’t resist! There’s not only the international ‘Black Cat Appreciation Day’ (always in August) but also a ‘National Black Cat Day’ here in the UK (always in October). Why?According to the Cat Protection Society, it takes a week longer for black cats to be housed than other cats. One of the myths that could possibly explain why this is, is that black cats are ‘unlucky’. Well, at least at the beginning of the 20th century people thought exactly the opposite. How else can I explain the plethora of Christmas & New Year cards that show black cats bringing or wishing ‘Good luck’? Time for the images to speak for themselves:
Publishers: Wildt & Kray (1903-1915)
Here’s a fundraising card:
I hope I’ve shown that a black cat is nothing to have nightmares about. I will leave you…
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