Posts Tagged ‘Ladybird’

Etsy List: You bug me

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

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'You bug me' Etsy List by H is for HomeAre you afraid of creepie-crawlies? Do you suffer from entomophobia, apiphobia, arachnophobia or myrmecophobia? We can promise you that you’ll love our selection of vintage bugs in this week’s Etsy List.

From a colourful, vintage ladybird poster to insects suspended in a piece of Baltic amber. There’s nothing to fear here. But could you sleep soundly at night under a duvet covered in giant tarantulas?

You bug me
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Wednesday Wish: Thornback and Peel hankies

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

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box of 3 Thornback and Peel ladybird heart handkerchiefs

When I go out walking the dog, especially on a cold & windy day, I’m prone to a runny nose. Using this lovely set of Thornback and Peel hankies is much more ladylike than a load of screwed up tissue – I can keep one in a pocket of each of my walking coats!

 

Ladybird, Ladybird, fly away Home!

Friday, August 5th, 2011

detail from the cover of the vintage 1959 Ladybird book, "Flight three, U.S.A. - A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure"

Here’s a quick follow up to our recent blog post about vintage American road maps.

cover of the  vintage 1959 Ladybird book, "Flight three, U.S.A. - A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure"

A few days after we bought them, we also picked up this lovely little Ladybird book.

page from the vintage 1959 Ladybird book, "Flight three, U.S.A. - A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure" showing a Cadillac and other cars

It’s from the Flight series – this one being, “Flight Three – U.S.A – A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure”.

page from the vintage 1959 Ladybird book, "Flight three, U.S.A. - A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure" showing the Grand Canyon

This is a first edition, published in 1959.

page from the vintage 1959 Ladybird book, "Flight three, U.S.A. - A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure" showing a cowboy on horseback rounding up cattle

Alison & John take a trip to the U.S.A where Dad sometimes goes on business trips.

page from the vintage 1959 Ladybird book, "Flight three, U.S.A. - A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure" showing a car driving through the middle of a giant American redwood tree

They land in New York and spend a week there – then hire a car and take a a road trip.

page from the vintage 1959 Ladybird book, "Flight three, U.S.A. - A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure" showing a car driving through the Empire State Building

As with most Ladybirds from this era, the illustrations are fabulous.

page from the vintage 1959 Ladybird book, "Flight three, U.S.A. - A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure" showing a freeway with a railway line passing beneath

Other destinations in the series include Australia, Canada, Africa, India and The Holy Land.

If we ever manage to do an American road trip in a vintage camper van (or lovely, shiny Airstream!), we’ll have lots of vintage travel ephemera to accompany us… we suspect there might have been a few changes!

Child’s Play

Friday, July 10th, 2009

We bought a huge pile of vintage Ladybird books this week. They’re fabulous little books, designed to educate & entertain children of all ages.

We really enjoyed having a browse through them all. Having grown up with them it’s been a very nostalgic trip.

They cover an amazing variety of subjects…

…science & nature…

…careers & occupations…

…fairytales etc, etc, etc.

The wonderful illustrations have a distinctive “Ladybird” look despite being produced by a variety of artists.

Names such as John Berry, Roland Green and C F Tunnicliffe to name but three.

It’s not surprising that there’s a keen collectors’ market amongst adults too.

For more things Ladybird check out these websites:

The Wee Web
Vintage Ladybird
Official Ladybird website
Easy on the Eye
Fly Away Home

We’ve added the books to other items of stock that we’re accumulating for a new section on our website.

It’s going to be called Child’s Play, and as the name suggests, it will consist of lots of children’s vintage items.

In addition to books, there’ll be vintage toys & games…

…money boxes & tins…

…and bits & pieces to decorate nurseries, play rooms & bedrooms.

We should have gathered enough stuff to add the new section in the autumn – so watch this space!