Are 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
Curated by H is for Home
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!
Here’s a quick follow up to our recent blog post about vintage American road maps.
A few days after we bought them, we also picked up this lovely little vintage Ladybird book.
It’s from the Flight series – this one being, “Flight Three – U.S.A – A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure”.
This copy is a first edition, published back in 1959.
Alison & John take a trip to the USA where Dad sometimes goes on business trips.
They land in New York and spend a week there – then hire a car and set of on a road trip.
As with most Ladybirds from this era, the illustrations are fabulous.
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!
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
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!