Friday, December 19, 2014

The Space Age (1962)

Next in my British series are books from "The Space Age Readers" series.  #1 in the series is "The Space Age."

These are very peculiar school readers. The illustrations are stiff, the colors are odd, and the text reads like an exercise in surrealism. I have only found 2 of the 4 in the series but you may fall in love with them as much as I have.

But wait there is more!~ They use this idea of the world is round to introduce different children from around the world (all while reminding us that it is The Space Age!)

Be sure to check out my post on ""The World of Ann Martin" if you like this (coming soon)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Look and Learn Annual (1964)

I am going to start of run of British space books leading up to the holidays. The first is this Look and Learn Book 1964

British Annuals were both a favorite gift at Christmas and a sort of "Reader's Digest" of information for children. Many had articles and illustrations about spaceflight along with many other subjects and activities.

Not only were their colorful illustrations but there were often articles by British popular science writers. Patrick Moore (basically the Carl Sagan of space stuff and astronomy) often contributed these articles about the brave new future children would grow up in.

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Space Book (1962)

Longo, Angelo and Barry, Catharine. Illustrated by Longo, Angelo. The Space Book. New York: Paxton-Slade Publishing Co. (44 p.) 29 cm. Illustrated Boards,

A very interesting book that I don't think I have shared before (after 400+ books it begins to get a little foggy).

With 2 color drawings it has basic text about astronomy, rockets and the manned exploration of space.  Simple illustrations include planetary surfaces, spacesuits, various launch vehicles and spaceships of the future. "Paxton-Slade Picture-Story Books" No. 404.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Astronauts/Keeping Up with The Astronauts (1961-1963)

Keeping Up with The Astronauts was a series/sequence of non-fiction books about the U.S. space program. Because there were so many changes and adventures they had to update it every year. Usually I highlight space art but wanted to share these as another artifact of the space age.

1961- Myrus, Don.  The Astronauts: The True Story of Man's Greatest Adventure in Outer Space. New York: Grosset and Dunlap. (92 p.) 29 cm. Illustrated Boards.

Mostly photo-illustrated this describes the first planned U.S. manned space mission. Last chapter has short biographies of the Mercury 7 astronauts.  Also 1962, 1963 editions re-titled “Keeping Up with the Astronauts”.

 The table of contents tells the story inside. They do give a glimpse of the future of U.S. space flight.

1962- Myrus, Donald. Keeping Up With the Astronauts: The Story of Man’s Greatest Adventures in Outer Space Including the John Glenn and Scott Carpenter Flights. New York: Grosset and Dunlap. (92 p.) 29 cm. Illustrated Boards.

Updated (and re-titled) edition for 1962. 

1963- Myrus, Don. Keeping Up with the Astronauts 3: The Story of Man's Greatest Adventures in Outer Space including the Glenn, Carpenter, Schirra, and Cooper Flights. New York: Grosset and Dunlap. (93 p.) 29 cm. Illustrated Boards.

This is the last of the 3 editions of this book. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Commander Matt's Space Adventure (1971)

Just a quick oddity today, Commander Matt's Space Adventure (1971) was a record album which included scripts for student to read along. It was intended for the classroom and the directions tell the teacher how to use it. While basically a science fiction story I really like the cover illustration.

..the last line is wonderful:
"Look there---that dear old planet covered in smog---we're home."

Monday, November 17, 2014

This Week (June 21, 1959): "Here's your city of tomorrow"

Another of the old This Week (6-21-59) magazines featuring illustrations by Fred Freeman. While not spaceflight this article certainly is space age. The domed city is an important feature of 50s science fiction and astrofuturism (look it up). How does the "future" look to you from 2014?

This full color painting led readers to see what the city of the future would look like.

I will share the text of this article at the end of this post. First I would like to highlight the other Fred Freeman illustration and the detail he brought to his paintings.

There is so much detail imbedded in this large painting that the article broke it down with numbers to show some of the features of this future city:

The city of the future looks like a cross between Disneyland and many of our modern downtown public parks.

As a treat for those of you who went all the way to the bottom of this post, here are a few 1959 examples of the city of the future actually in place.