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World Dolls Series: France

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

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front cover of the France edition in the World Dolls Series of children's books

Bonjour! We’ve hopped across the channel to France in our World Dolls Series tour.

front inside cover of the France edition in the World Dolls Series of children's books

Illustrations for this edition are by Janet Meeson from the Birmingham School of Design.

French dolls Marie and Pierre from the France edition in the World Dolls Series of children's books

Are guides for this trip are Marie & Pierre – resplendent in their traditional costumes.

French dolls Marie and Pierre from the France edition in the World Dolls Series of children's books

A bit of gentle sun on our faces – we’re all relaxed and mellow – so the large shillelagh stick to keep order on the coach that Patrick had in Ireland has been dispensed with!

illustration of town-houses from the France edition in the World Dolls Series of children's books

Marie & Pierre have joined us from their toy shop window in Paris.

illustration of a tree-lined avenue from the France edition in the World Dolls Series of children's books

All the classic Parisienne sights. Wide, tree-lined avenues…

illustration of a pavement café from the France edition in the World Dolls Series of children's books

…colourful cafés, classic architecture, beautiful bridges, the River Seine….

illustration of a steamboat from the France edition in the World Dolls Series of children's books

…and of course – the Eiffel Tower.

illustration of town-houses from the France edition in the World Dolls Series of children's books

We then head into the idyllic countryside to take a look at the vineyards & orchards.

illustration of a castle in the hills from the France edition in the World Dolls Series of children's books

Then onto the coast for a spot of sunbathing – where we can all get very brown! :-)

illustration of people sunbathing on a beach and sitting under umbrellas from the France edition in the World Dolls Series of children's books

And finally we take in a festival – the Blessing of the Boats.

illustration of the festival of the Blessing of the Boats from the France edition in the World Dolls Series of children's books

We just love the illustration below.

illustration of priests standing on the harbour and fishermen in boats from the France edition in the World Dolls Series of children's books

Join us next time when we’re in Germany.

Charity Vintage: I-Spy News Chronicle books

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

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set of 9 I-Spy News Chronicle books being sold on eBay for Charity by the Hospice of St Francis(All end on 3 Jun 2014, between 21:26 & 21:45 BST)

Once again, it’s a collection of vintage books being featured on this week’s Charity Vintage. This time there are 9 I-Spy News Chronicle books being auctioned as separate lots. They’re being sold by & in support of the Hospice of St Francis* who are based in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. They’ve promised that if you happen to win all 9 books, postage will be no more than £2.99.

The I-Spy News Chronicle books were published for children, (often as a tool to keep them occupied on journeys and days out) mainly in the 1950s & 60s. There were 40 in the series. Visit the I-Spy entry on Wikipedia to find out more. Someone has put together a Pinterest board containing lots of the vintage and reissued books by Michelin.

*The Hospice aims to bring peace, comfort and dignity to patients and families facing the crisis of serious illness. They offer assessment and skilled clinical care, respite breaks, home support, day care and bereavement support. Care is free of charge and a flexible and individual approach is made.



Charity Vintage: Ladybird books

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

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4 lots of vintage Ladybird books for sale by Thames Hospice on eBay for Charity
Thames Hospice* is currently selling half a dozen lots of vintage Ladybird books. Each lot contains 10 or 15 books with a starting bid of £5.95 and £6.95 respectively. If you’re a collector and you’re interested you’d better hurry because they all end later on today!

The lots include books I remember having & reading as a child including Black Beauty, The Big Pancake and The Three Billy-goats Gruff. Their illustrations are so memorable! We sometimes buy & sell them ourselves – here’s a photo of a large haul of vintage Ladybird books we acquired a few years ago.

*At Thames Hospice their philosophy is that together they provide skilled and gentle care for adults with cancer and other potentially life shortening illnesses and their families, friends and carers, giving them hope and dignity throughout their illness both up to and following death.



Gimme Five! Bookends

Friday, May 9th, 2014

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selection of 5 pairs of bookends

We had a bit of a spring clean and de-clutter last week. We have book shelves in many of the rooms in our house, all of them packed to the gills with books we haven’t touched in years. Lots of interior decoration books from the eighties when stencilling, stippling and rag-rolling of walls and floors were all the rage!

We purged enough of them to fill 4 banana boxes and gave them to a dealer we know who sells at the Todmorden flea-market on a Thursday. We now have lots of freed-up shelf space ready to fill with new interiors books, recipe books and vintage children’s books. We now also have space for a few pairs of bookends. I had a browse online to see what nice ones were available. You wouldn’t believe the huge number I found that were twee, plain or just downright ugly. Interesting, attractive, humorous bookends were thin on the ground – here are the ones with which we’d like to prop up our books.

  1. Artori book ends – falling books: £15.99, Amazon
  2. Kitchenalia bookend range by Susan Bradley Design: £18.40, Notonthehighstreet
  3. Jonathan Adler dachshund white resin bookends: $49.95, Barnes & Noble
  4. Vintage metal hand book ends – yellow metal: £32.69, Etsy
  5. Knowledge In The Brain head bookends: £120, Harvey Nichols

World Dolls Series Books

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

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collection of vintage World Dolls Series books | H is for Home

We recently blogged about the Holland edition in this vintage World Dolls Series of books.  So taken were we with the illustrations in that first book we acquired, that we’ve been on the hunt for further examples – and have got a nice little collection now.

countries featured in the vintage World Dolls Series of books | H is for Home

They were written by Irene Dark and produced by Pergamon Press Limited in the 1960s  – various illustrators from the Birmingham School of Design took part. Each book deserves its own spotlight so we’ve decided to do a mini blog series featuring the various countries. As we live in England, we’ll start this new series with that one next week.