Sunday, October 4, 2015

Satellites in Space (1965)

Celebrating 58 years since Sputnik 1 was launched  (October 4th) I have a big Satellite post for you!

One of the joys of going through these old kids books is seeing books that were actually used by kids.  Here is a coloring book highlighting most of the recent satellites that children were aware of in 1965. An unknown child colored a number of these in this book and I find them charming.

The coloring book itself is really fun. The artist/author tried to give each satellite a personality as well as a basic fact or two about their mission.

You would not think that Sputnik 1 or Explorer could look so friendly. But these drawing give the sense of friendly observers watching over us.

It is also a nice history of how communication was the first mission of many satellites followed by observation.

Exploration and information gathering was yet another role for satellites and the artist tries to make them into heroes.

There were also the satellites involved in the exploration of the moon and planets as we contemplated how they might be explored.
This Ranger illustration may be my favorite!

Finally are the "other" satellites (including a space station). This is one of the few places I have ever heard some of these mentioned outside of some rather dry adult histories of space exploration.

Hope you enjoyed this colorful history of early satellites.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Satellites Artificiels (Man-made Satellites) (1958)

A late summer re-run of sorts.

This is the French edition of Man-made Satellites (1957) which I blogged about almost exactly 5 years ago in 2010 in my 200th Blog post. (this one is number 462!)

The 4 book Adventure in Space series was translated into French and Spanish. But I can still not get enough of the incredible John Polgreen paintings used to illustrate these books.

Friday, September 18, 2015

A Sun on Earth (1956)

A Sun on Earth is basically a Russian book about atomic energy. What attracted me was this fantastic cover showing an atomic plan in orbit beaming its energy down to Earth.

A Sun on earth. (1956). 20.4 cm x 14 cm. 294 pg.

As I said many of the illustrations have to do with the generation of  atomic power.

 There are a few nice illustrations of various atomic powered vehicles, including an atomic powered jet.

Friday, September 11, 2015

"Disney Blasts Off " TV Guide, March 5, 1955

As part of my interest in space flight I bring you Liberace! 

Well actually just a nice piece of ephemera about the Disney Man in Space television program. I loved these shows and the children's books that went with them.  So here is the TV Guide entry for when it was first shown as well as an article promoting the show.

Notice they actually misspelled "Wernher von Braun" as "Verner"

The article was very nice with some rarely seen color stills from the show:

The designs in the show look very similar to the Collier's illustration that were also designed by Wernher von Braun.