Monday, August 16, 2010

What a great way to start my day!

San Francisco Center for the Book : Metal Type

I am going to start volunteering at the San Francisco Center for the Book.  I'm so excited. It was amazing to be shown around all the different printing presses and book making binding areas. It sure gets my creative juices flowing. As a volunteer, you can earn free classes too. I'm already planning on taking all the letterpress, and book making classes I can handle. So cool, now that I don't work on Saturday's the opportunities are endless.

To add to the sweetness of my day, on the walk home I stopped by the donation center for the San Francisco library. They had a little cart outside with books for a dollar. I was so happy to find, "The Illustrated Treasury of Children's Literature edited by Margaret Martignon" 1955 ed. Lovely.  Here are a few pages from it.

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood: Illustrated by Howard Pyle

The Wind in the Willows:  Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard


The Farmer's boy: Illustrated by Randolph Caldecott


The Wizard of Oz: Illustrated by W.W.Denslow
 Two Happy Little Bears: Illustrated by Phoebe Erickson
Tweedledum & Tweedledee: Illustrated by John Tenniel
Halfway Down: Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard
 So wonderful, aren't they? I just love the simplicity of all of them. (This book must contain a hundred of them.) I love finding old books filled with little artistic treasures. And I don't know about you there is something cool in finding a a old book and smelling all the dust and dirt (and the crayon) and trying to imagine who heard these stories when they were little. What were your favorite books growing up?

2 comments:

Paul Clarkson said...

That book is a great find! I've always loved the Denslow illustrations in the Oz books.

bluehour said...

Thanks Paul, I always feel like I'm getting away with something when I find something like this.

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