We ordered a roll of decorative washi tape off Etsy a couple of weeks ago…
… a very pretty package duly arrived from Japan shortly after.
It came from seller Eriko Shirasawa whose Etsy shop is called Sweet Supplies Store. We have to sing Eriko’s praises – look at the effort that’s gone into sending a humble little item. It was nicely wrapped – stickers & stamps, business card, a hand written message – and what looks like paper confetti – lovely!!
On to the tape itself, which features illustrations by Miroslav Sasek from his series of ‘This is…’ children’s books.
In this case, it’s ‘This is London’ which dates from 1959. As we’ve mentioned many times previously, we love Sasek’s artwork. It really is fabulous – charming and witty – and very distinctive. There are a few different designs of tape you can choose from too.
It’s perfect for decorating notebooks or little gifts – hanging notice board items… or even acting as a decorative border to a shelf or wall.
We’ve just made a new addition to our collection of This is… books.
It’s always a treat to make a brew and settle down with one of these gorgeous books for ten minutes – especially one we’ve never read before.
Our new arrival is a first edition copy of This is Cape Canaveral dating from 1963. Later versions of this book were called This is Cape Kennedy and most recently, This is the way to the Moon.
As always, fabulous illustrations by Miroslav Sasek leap off every page.
It’s a pleasure to share them with our readers – existing fans and perhaps a few new converts too.
They’re insightful and very witty…
…and full of wonderfully observed detail.
They’re beautifully drawn and capture the era perfectly.
They also have a real sense of optimism about them.
We picked up this copy for £5 which was a real steal for a first edition.
It’s always nice to get a bargain…
…and perhaps added just an extra tiny thrill as we thumbed through the pages!
We always buy the early editions and really love our little collection – Cape Canaveral makes it 11.
A few more to go yet though – there are 18 in the series in total!
A few months ago, we blogged about this lovely vintage matchbook designed by Miroslav Sasek for Liberty of London. They’re rare survivors especially when in good condition.
Last week, we were contacted by Penny from the Rain Rescue charity shop in Sheffield. They had a similar one donated to their shop recently and were keen to get the best possible price for it. We said that we’d flag it up to our readers if they put it on eBay, so here’s a link to the listing. They do wonderful work caring for & re-homing animals in need.
The winning bidder will be receiving a lovely item and helping a great cause to boot. If you’re interested you’d best be quick – the listing ends tomorrow!
Here’s something for all you Miroslav Sasek fans out there – there won’t be many of these left in circulation.
It’s a vintage book of matches with cover design by the famous illustrator – unused and in pristine condition – what a rare survivor!!
Sasek depicts 1950s/60s London traffic in his unmistakable style…
… and it’s a very long match book – 32cm, so plenty of room for Sasek’s wonderful drawings.
They were manufactured in Finland for Liberty of London – just gorgeous!!
Our recent post I is for Ireland featured the This is… series of books by Miroslav Sasek.
In it we promised some more photos from a recent acquisition – This is New York.
The book was published in 1960 and, as per usual, the illustrations are fabulous!
New York is one of those cities that works particularly well…
…with it’s distinctive buildings, day to day goings on and familiar characters.
The artist captures the 1950s/60s era – the sights and the vibrancy of the city.
We had a 10-day holiday there a few years ago. It had changed a bit since Sasek wrote these books but lots of the unmistakable landmarks and energy of the city were still there.
Flicking through these pages reminds us of the great time we had – hopefully we’ll get back there again one day…
…and it would be a real dream to cruise up the Hudson river to arrive in real style!
It’s been a while since we’ve done one of our alphabet blog posts – but the arrival of this book fitted in nicely with where we left off… so, I is for Ireland.
The book is from the This is… series by Miroslav Sasek.
We’ve mentioned him quite a few times in blogs but, any excuse!!
We absolutely adore his stuff!
This is Ireland, published in 1964, is no exception. He captured the quiet countryside and the hustle & bustle of town life with equal charm – the scenery, buildings, characters – day to day life.
It’s been added to our ever growing pile of Sasek books – a pile that shows no sign of abating. Each new book is greeted with the same excited anticipation.
There were two more arrivals this week – This is Israel and This is New York.
They’re both very welcome additions to our collection…
New York in particular lends itself to his stylised characters and distortions of scale – just wonderful! Page after page of classic illustrations. The accompanying words are very sweet too.
We’ll post more illustrations from this particular book – they deserve a post of their own!