Etsy List: You bug me

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'You bug me' Etsy List curated 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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Ladybird, Ladybird, fly away Home!

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 vintage 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 copy is a first edition, published back 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 USA 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 set of on 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 our own 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

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Pile of vintage Ladybird books | H is for Home

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

Pile of vintage Ladybird books | H is for Home

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…

Collection of vintage science Ladybird books | H is for Home

…science & nature…

Collection of vintage nature Ladybird books | H is for Home

…careers & occupations…

Collection of vintage occupations Ladybird books | H is for Home

…fairy tales etc, etc, etc.

Collection of vintage Ladybird fairy tale books | H is for Home

The wonderful illustrations have a distinctive ‘Ladybird’ look, despite being produced by a variety of artists.

Group of vintage Ladybird books showing autumn scenes | H is for Home

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

View of vintage Ladybird books showing different occupations | H is for Home

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.

Set of vintage children's building blocks | H is for Home

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

Collection of vintage Mr Men books | H is for Home

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

Vintage child's cooking set | H is for Home Vintage children's dominoes | H is for Home

Collection of vintage board games | H is for Home
…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!