We’re signed up to the 365 Poster Blog rss feed and last week they wrote an eye-catching post about Abner Graboff, a children’s book and LP illustrator. We decided that we had to investigate his work further as we’d never heard of him or seen his work.
There aren’t that many websites on the internet that have information about him. However, the one person that does is someone we’ve been mutually following for years on different social streams – illustrator & animator, Ward Jenkins. He too came across some designs by Abner Graboff and proceeded to find out more. In 2009, he managed to track down Graboff’s son, Jon and interviewed him. Go visit, there’s lots of primary material and many more images.
Seeing as he’s American, vintage books that he illustrated are mostly available on the USA Amazon website.
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Image taken from “No Ordinary Child” children’s book (©1971) by Peggy Blakeley with illustrations by Edith Witt
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We’ve long had a soft spot for the illustrations of Celestino Piatti (1922-2007). He was a Swiss designer best known for his children’s book illustrations and poster and postage stamp designs.
For years, we’ve been hoping to happen across a pristine 1st edition 1965 copy of his Animal ABC in a charity shop somewhere. It doesn’t look like it’s going to happen any time soon – thankfully, you can get new copies online.
Much of his work has distinctive thick, rough, black outlines with bright ‘colouring in’ – almost child-like but incredibly beautiful. He had a few motifs which he kept returning to again & again; owls, the sun with a face and cockerels.
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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!
We bought a batch of 1960s & 70s posters at auction recently. Amongst them was this little gem – well, big gem really! 🙂
It’s a whole set of vintage kitchen cards designed by Juliet Glynn Smith for Habitat. She illustrated their very first catalogue in 1966.
They were produced on a big sheet, but as you can see from the back, it looks like they were intended to be cut with a guillotine… then used as individual cards. We wonder how many survive as postcards – and how many still exist as one big sheet. We can’t find any other examples online at all, so we guess not many. Well worth sharing with our readers we thought!
The colours & illustrations are absolutely stunning – part medieval, part 1960s!
The full sheet measures 90cm x 60cm so makes an impressive display… here it is in all its glory!
We recently completed our World Dolls Series blog posts. Our series took us to Norway but it didn’t make a detour into any of the neighbouring Scandinavian countries.
Denmark… a lovely land, is set out as ‘a letter from Denmark’. It’s addressed to ‘Nina’ and gives her an insight into the country with the help of a music score, black & white photos and lovely colour illustrations. The book looks to date from the 1950s and was written by Inger Oppenhejm with illustrations by Laus Lauesen.
It’s up for sale by & in support of The Martlets Hospice* at a ‘buy it now’ price of £13.50 with free postage.
*The Martlets Hospice is an independent charity, caring for adults with a life limiting disease where a cure is no longer possible, in the Brighton and Hove area. Specialist palliative care is provided for patients. Support is given to families and carers during the patients’ illness and into bereavement.