The art of children’s storybooks and vinyl records, 1960s -1980s

Agathe Tran Quang My and Biosca art for Anne Sylvestre – “Fabulettes” 1969.

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.

Anne Silvestre. “FABULETTES”. Dessins par Annette Moch and JP Huster. 1964.


The art of Biosca – “Fabulettes en Couleurs” and “L’école”

Anne Sylvestre “FABULETTES EN COULEURS”. Dessins par Biosca. 1983.

Anne Sylvestre “FABULETTES EN COULEURS”. Dessins par Biosca. 1983.

Anne Silvestre “L’ECOLE” Dessins par Biosca.

Anne Silvestre “L’ECOLE”. Dessins par Biosca.


The art of Agathe Tran Quang My and Biosca – “Fabulettes” 1969

Agathe Tran Quang My and Biosca art for Anne Sylvestre – “Fabulettes” 1969.

Agathe Tran Quang My and Biosca art for Anne Sylvestre – “Fabulettes” 1969.

Agathe Tran Quang My and Biosca art for Anne Sylvestre – “Fabulettes” 1969.

Agathe Tran Quang My and Biosca art for Anne Sylvestre – “Fabulettes” 1969.


Walt Disney storybooks and records

Walt Disney Jungle Book. Storybook and record. 1983. France.

Waly Disney The Fox and the Hound. Storybook and record. 1983.

Walt Disney The Three Little Pigs. Storybook and record. 1968. France.


Little Red Ridng Hood

Little Red Riding Hood story and record with colouring pages. Le Petit Chaperon Rouge. Disque à Colorier. Artist and date unknown.


Thank you for “seeing, hearing and reading” with us 🙂

Just can’t get enough (of 7-inch vinyl records)

A TVTA Special

 

Presenting: a gallery of seven inch vinyl records spanning the 1970s, 80s and 90s, direct from the collection of TVTA. 

 

Missing records… but look at how cool these sleeves are from the Columbia company.


Put the needle on the record!
7 inch vinyl story book records and other interesting discs. The fun starts here!

Planet of the Hoojibs. 7 inch vinyl record and book. Buena Vista Records. 1983.

Below: Masters of the Universe story books and records, French pressings
Below: The Muppets print advert

The Muppets Take Manhattan storybook and record. 1984 print advert.

Below: web-slinging, disc-spinning, abominable audio at 33​ 1⁄3 RPM on 7 inch vinyl! Phew! An Amazing Spider-Man story from Power Records.

Below: California dreamin’ Barbie

Beach Boys 7 inch flexi-disc Barbie doll record: Living Doll, Brother Records, 1987.

Below: Les mysterieuses cites D’or (The Mysterious Cities of Gold),1982

Les mysterieuses cites D’or 7 inch single. French pressing. Saban records. 1982.

Below: Albator 7 inch single, 1982

Albator 84 TV series theme. 7 inch single. 1982. French pressing. Carrere.

Below: La chanson de Kiki, 1978

La chanson de Kiki, 45 RPM record, 1978.

Below: Pac-Man as sang by Willy, 1983

Pac-Man French pressing 7 inch vinyl record, sang by Willy. 1983. Polydor Records.

That’s all folks!
Thanks for always looking on the bright side of life with us 🙂

Broken Devices and Vinyl Albums

RIP the TVTA computer which died this weekend. I’d planned some 70s and 90s toy ads but these’ll have to wait for next time when we get a replacement device and reinstall our scanner.

In the meantime Wooof managed to locate our dinky old office netbook to keep things running. Stored in the files we found pics of some of my vinyl record collection, making today’s post an emergency rock’n roll LP cover takeover!

Enjoy the galleries, some truly amazing artwork and photography 🙂





In the 1980s this was my search engine for rock music …

And so was this …

Some industry ads from Kerrang issue 100 US Launch Edition

Vertigo Records. I don’t think the label would get away with an ad like this nowadays.

Play at 78 RPM!

Thank you for spinning with us 🙂

Vinyl Records: soundtracks from films and Cartoons

Alongside a decent collection of Star Wars vinyl records and a fairly eclectic mix of rock, metal, reggae and pop albums, I’ve been tenderly nurturing a set of mostly 80s French film and cartoon soundtracks. If you like Mad Max, Spider-Man, Pac-Man and MOTU then you may like these…

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome 12 inch album. 1985. Capitol Records.

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome 12 inch album. 1985. Capitol Records.

 

Les mysterieuses cites D'or 7 inch single. French pressing. Saban records. 1982.

Les mysterieuses cites D’or 7 inch single. French pressing. Saban records. 1982.

 

Spider-Man vinyl record from Power Records circa 1974.

Spider-Man vinyl record from Power Records circa 1974.

 

Superman Film Themes. French Pressing.

Superman Film Themes. French Pressing.

 

MOTU. 7 inch single. French pressing. Polydor. 1983.

MOTU. 7 inch single. French pressing. Polydor. 1983.

 

MOTU. 7 inch single and colouring book. Mattel AB. 1985.

MOTU. 7 inch single and colouring book. Mattel AB. 1985.

 

 Geoff Love Top TV Themes. UK pressing. 12 inch album. MFP 1972.

Geoff Love Top TV Themes. UK pressing. 12 inch album. MFP 1972.

 

Geoff Love. Star wars and other Space Themes. UK Pressing.

Geoff Love. Star wars and other Space Themes. UK Pressing.

 

Pac-Man French pressing 7 inch vinyl record, sang by Willy. 1983. Polydor Records.

Pac-Man French pressing 7 inch vinyl record, sang by Willy. 1983. Polydor Records.

 

La chanson de Kiki, 45 RPM record, 1978.

La chanson de Kiki. 7 inch record. WEA. 1978.

 

Godorak 12 inch album. French pressing. Saban Records and Music. 1982.

Godorak 12 inch album. French pressing. Saban Records and Music. 1982.

 

 

Star Wars Disco Theme - Galaxy 42. French pressing. CBS. 1977. The cover of this 7 inch single is inspired by a 1934 UK science fiction comic/magazine called Scoops.

Star Wars Disco Theme – Galaxy 42. French pressing. CBS. 1977. The cover of this 7 inch single is inspired by a 1934 UK science fiction comic/magazine called Scoops.

 

Albator 7 inch single. 1982. French pressing. Carrere.

Albator 7 inch single. 1982. French pressing. Carrere.