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vintage picture books

While procrastinating my duties, I stumbled into CEDOK bookstore, an online Japanese store, (I think- I don’t speak or read Japanese) and found all of these delightful illustrations in children’s picture books from 1960 – 1990’s. I couldn’t help but waste extraordinary amounts of time browsing the images.

They call to mind the books of publisher Harlin Quist an avant-garde publisher in America (1966 – 1984) who published over 60 children’s books featuring some of the finest American and European artists and illustrators. Mention of the name can bring me to tears with visual memories flooding back remembering the images of favorite books of my own childhood, Millicent the Monster being first on the list.
So, let the vintage or from-my-childhood-era reward be yours as well, I’ll show off some of the favorite illustrations I found today. I’m not sure what language is on the pages (do share if you know) and who’s the illustrator or the author, so I jotted down what info I could decipher.

Ze zahradky do zahradky, 1989, Jiri Kahoun


Domecek z kostekj, 1961, Ela Perociova, Gabriela Dubska

Tajny lodni denik, 1966, Ladiskav Dvorsky, Jan Schmid

Sroubek v cirkuse, 1963, Marcello Argilli, Vladimir Fuka

Svetlusky, 1996, Jan Marsicek, Eva Frantova

Pahadoky pro obe usi, 1978

Nevyplazuj jazyk na Ivan, 1986, Daniel Hevier, Kveta Pacovska

Karlicka a bily konik, 1968, illustrated by Branka Jurcova, Kveta Pacovska

Millicent the Monster childrens’ book

The show on Radio West today was called: The Book Bizarre, “A list of bizarre books for this most foolish of holidays. From fake works like the book on silence – consisting of entirely blank pages – to serious tomes with titles like “Inquiry into the Medicinal Value of the Excreta of Reptiles,” our team of local booksellers has seen it all.”

I throughly enjoyed this episode, I found myself madly scribbling down titles authors and publishers, and reminiscing on books I’ve already read (Geek Love by Katherine Dunn) Then someone mentioned the publisher Harlin Quist and the children’s books they published in the 70’s. When “Millicent the Monster” was mentioned it was like I suddenly stepped back in time. I’ve had pictures from this book in my head all my life but have never been able to put any words or a title to the book the pictures came from. Finally all my memories came together into an organized place. I found a copy online and now I’ve got it back again. A bit crazier than I remember but a bit of crazy is what makes any book, especially childrens’ books so good.

Now if I could just find some more info on Iris the Virus- a kids TV show from back in the day. Anyone recall it?

dog days of winter

dog days of winter
dog days of winter
Ahhh, the dog days of winter… the week after Christmas is so relaxing with the schedule set to FUN. We spent a peaceful week playing with Christmas toys (heavy on building Legos), my personal favorite- napping, watching movies and playing games. For some reason hanging around in pajamas during this week doesn’t bother me like it generally make me anxious other times of the year. And of course, the icing on the cake, when you live in Utah is BIG SNOW FUN right outside your doorstep. We’ve gotten some skiing, snowboarding and sledding in already, hopefully some more snow will fall here soon and fresh powder will increase the outdoor fun and excitement factor exponentially. The dog days of winter are truly the best gift.

So… have a good time but beware of scary snow crevasses, and places where cats and dogs wear parkas but baby polar bears do not. These pictures are from the book Caroline på Nordpolen one in a series by Pierre Probst, published in 1971 by Lademann Forlagsaktieselskab, København, the text is in Danish. We picked it up at a rummage sale when we were in Denmark this past summer, due to the outstanding illustrations. I don’t read or speak Danish so we have to make up the story as we go, which is more fun anyway.