Monday, August 31, 2009

Vintage Children's Books


From Children's Book " Lets go shopping with Peter and Penny " Lenora Combes

I am so smitten by cute vintage children's book illustrations. What is it about them that fills me with inspiration and comfort at the same time?

33 comments:

  1. So cute! Wonderful colours in the illustrations too - so vintage and happy!
    Irene x

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  2. these are so adorable. I love them too! I think it is the innocense that shines through and all the attention to the colorful details.
    enjoy!
    xxxkim

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  3. I love them too Simone! In particular the books I loved as a child remain my faves. They are like comfort food for the soul. Even now when I get down I will read my old Enid Blytons or a fairy tale. One of the blessings of having a four year old is the books you get to revisit. xx

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  4. Hi Simone, I love them too and they are often so cheap. I love old childrens fabric aswell, they have the same charm and nostalgia. I read something the other day and thought of you. "In every man a child is hidden that wants to play" Friedrich Nietzcshe. Maybe thats why you love childrens things so much... you have never lost your love for imagination and play, cheers Katherine

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  5. Thank you for all your lovely comments..I adore children books...I am always looking for bright colourful ones to share with my students! This one looks like a winner...so so so bright and cheery...vintage are the best...thanks for sharing.

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  6. I have to say I love old images, they are so simple, but really jump off the page.I guess thats why children love them so much!
    Sue

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  7. Well I think it is the colour for inspiration and the wholesome goodness for comfort. I saw you found your beachouse!!

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  8. What gorgeous illustraions. I think they make us remember what it was like or how we would have liked it to be in our childhood.
    Alison

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  9. Simone,

    A shop full of lollies and sweeites. How delightful these illustrations! I love the naive feel, and the colors.

    Marjorie

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  10. The colours and drawings are just divine - they'd be beautiful framed in a child's room! Leigh

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  11. I collect vintage children's books. As you say, some of the illustrations as cute and inspiring. I love the pictures which you have featured.
    Isabelle x

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  12. There are gorgeous little bibs i have seen here and there with similar pictures ! They are lovely!

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  13. Oooh, I love these! Aren't the colours wonderful.....

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  14. I love how curvy everything is. Very very cute!

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  15. Peter & Penny's world was certainly colorful. How fun :-)

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  16. I have never seen those books! Look at those illustrations!

    m ^..^

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  17. Those are lovely illustrations. I love the escape into a world of innocence that children's books provide for us.

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  18. I ADORE, AND I DO MEAN ADORE.......THOSE IMAGES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  19. Love them! Could it be the colours?
    /Jackie

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  20. What gorgeous illustrations! Love the colors and detail!

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  21. These are lovely! I feel the same way about vintage children's books. I teach children's literature to college students, and I collect vintage children's books. Just can't get enough of the illustrations. Here in Massachusetts, where I live, we have the Eric Carle Museum of Children's Book Illustration. It's an amazing place. Definitely check out their website if you haven't before! xo

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  22. I love vintage children's books, Simone!

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  23. Illustrations in children's books are just so different and fun. They're really inspiring.

    Nicolette
    http://www.furnitureanddesignideas.com/

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  24. I too have collected childrens books for years - particularly Nicola Bayley, Emma Chichester Clarke, brian Wildsmith and Quentin Blake. I had felt quite alone in this - its lovely to find they mean something to so many of us!

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  25. These illustrations are just gorgeous. I love children's books specially vintage ones :)

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  26. I know exactly what you mean. They are just so delightful and innocent.

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  27. They make me smile. The more you look the more you see.
    Maureen Hume. www.thepizzagang.com

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  28. I love children's books too, especially the Little Golden Books that were illustrated by Eloise Wilkin! Beautiful depictions!

    Nice post!
    All the best,
    Eileen

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  29. Set in today’s day and time, Me and My Best Friend is about a young boy, his faithful companion and their exciting adventures.

    Henry and Liam are the best of friends and they do everything together. They can run and play all day long. But when Henry the puppy gets tired and tries to take a nap, three-year-old Liam keeps waking him, wanting him to play some more. Will Henry get any rest?

    Get your children involved with this beautifully illustrated book. Your child will love to match up words and pictures, and find Liam, who keeps hiding in his bedroom. Perfect for the young reader!




    About the Author

    J.S. Huntlands is the author of Nick Twisted Minds and is currently working on more books in this series, as well as 23 more books in the Me and My Best Friend series. Huntlands is a full-time writer, as well as a mom to a wonderful four-year-old boy. This book is dedicated to her son in hopes that he never forgets his best friend.

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  30. Great post. Spreading the vintage children's book love around is always great!

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  31. Ahh if only the world was so relaxed and laid back as it's been created in these stunning pictures!

    I study fashion communication & promotion at university, and your blog is really inspiring to me for communication ideas!

    xxxx

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