“A lovely primary-colored geometrical wonderland-light sparkling with every conceivable kind of wit and brilliance and fantasy and fun.”
Gorgeous vintage Russian children’s book illustrations from the 1920s-1930s – a treasure trove of visual delight at the link:
Best thing ever: Need a House, Call Ms. Mouse – progressive vintage children’s book starring a female architect:
"Follow these simple steps, and you can be a bonafide nonconformist…."
Amazing, irreverent vintage commentary of faux counterculture, presaging the hipster, written and illustrated by a high school girl:
Vintage catalog cards for literary classics from the semi-secret archive of the Library of Congress – an affectionate reminder that a book is a node in a complex human network of authors, readers, and librarians, connecting time, space, and sensibility:
Politically incorrect, charmingly illustrated verses from 1908
Maurice Sendak’s little-known yet utterly lovely vintage posters celebrating the love of books and the joy of reading
Gorgeous vintage illustrations for Aesop’s fables – some of humanity’s most influential storytelling and moral thought – by Alice and Martin Provensen
“Take time to cherish the old and to investigate the new.”
Culinary advice from the great James Beard, with utterly adorable vintage illustrations by Alice and Martin Provensen.
Charley Harper (August 4, 1922—June 10, 2007) was an American original. For over six decades he painted colorful and graphic illustrations of nature, animals, insects and people alike, from his home studio in Cincinnati, Ohio until he passed away in 2007 at the age of 84. Renowned New York based designer Todd Oldham rediscovered Charley’s work in 2001, and collaborated closely with him in the ensuing years; combing through his extensive archive to edit and design this stunning monograph. This coffee table tomb is a beautiful tribute to Charley Harper’s singular style, which he referred to as Minimal Realism.
“Krauss books can be bridges between the poor dull insensitive adult and the fresh, imaginative, brand-new child.”
The remarkable Ruth Krauss’s final and loveliest collaboration with Maurice Sendak:
When Edward Gorey illustrated Dracula – two masters of the macabre, together:
Long before the cat meme of the internet, James Joyce had a corner of the market – gorgeous, rare vintage British illustrations of his children’s story The Cat and the Devil, delightfully depicting Joyce himself as satan:
Alice and Martin Provensen’s stunning vintage illustrations for 12 classic fairy tales, from “The Happy Prince” to “The Beauty and the Beast,” by way of feminism and art history.
Edward Gorey’s gorgeous vintage paperback covers for literary classics: Melville, Conrad, Colette, Chekhov, Chaucer, Gogol, Kafka, Shaw, Pushkin, and more
A visual history of magic, or what the art of levitation has to do with creative debt and the legacy of vintage graphic design