first published in 1951
this is one of what Random House call a LGB Classic
(so sorry for the teeny tiny pic)
It's been ages since I bought a LGB but I just couldn't resist the charming vintagey cover on this one so I gave into temptation (just like Woolies wanted me to!) and now it's mine.
I love the illustrations so much that I've decided to share them. I know you will love them too. Have a look at this wonderful pic of a perfect American 50's family
Mom, Pop and the kiddy winks
and how gorgeous are Mom's swimsuit and sunnies?
Pop has a touch of "Mad Men" about him don't you think?
The illustrations were done by Corinne Malvern (1901-1956) and oh boy did she have an interesting life!
isn't she glamorous...
When Corinne was a little girl she sang in the American premiere of Puccini's Madama Butterfly ( which just so happens to be my favourite opera btw) I think that on its own is pretty amazing don't you? Following an accident in her teens she stopped performing and was sent to boarding school. Later she studied art, became a commercial artist AND the art editor of Ladies Home Journal Magazine.
Here's one of her covers...
beautiful. glam glam glam! love those eyebrows!
No wonder those in the know say her illustrations helped create the iconic look of the 50's.
Corinne illustrated 17 Little Golden Books, here are the covers she is most famous for. More tiny pics...sorry
(we have a vintage copy of this with free bandaids still
this is what the real Father Christmas looks like (or
Santa, if that's your thing...)
Once again one little thing has set me off and I've got carried away. I hope someone out there has found this as interesting as I did? Just one more pic from A Day at the Seashore because it's too cute not to include
this is the last page and it says:
"And Nancy and Timmy sit down on the sand
and they eat
and they eat
and they EAT!"
p.s. This clever lady makes the most lovely bunting from vintage Golden Books. Check out her etsy and madeit shops for more (and she makes great cushions from vintage tea towels too!)
pretty bunny bunting for Easter
pic Collecting Feathers
And speaking of tea towels...
took me ages to work out what rela X meant!