Sunday, March 31, 2013

Vintage Book Finds

This week was definitely all about books.
I guess it helped that there was a big book sale in town :)
It was the annual library book sale, and they always have such great ones.
I wish I could've gone the second day, when it was fill-a-bag for $4.
There were scads of vintage ones that would've been great, especially children's titles.
Here is some of what I bought.

First, let me preface things by saying that I've always found books to be magical.
From a very young age, I took to them like a duck does to water ;)
So, maybe this will be a little boring for some--but from the words, to the art,
to just the feel of a vintage book, they are something I love and am inspired by.

I like vintage cookbooks, but what I really love are vintage baking books.
I feel like while I may not ever make a recipe from a vintage cookbook,
it's a little different with desserts.

I love the colors and "happiness" radiating from this Betty Crocker cookbook.

This book is called A Calendar of Dinners.
Subtitled "Including the Story of Crisco."
I don't know why I found that funny!
"The Story of Crisco? No Way!"

You can see how all the "lard" was crossed out in the recipes
on the cover to be replaced with Crisco.

The inside is pretty charming!
That Crisco, so darn charming.

(btw--who still thinks of "The Help" when they hear the word Crisco?)

 This 60's book caught my eye because it's about the Burma Shave signs,
but the dust jacket is pretty cute too.

I'm really loving vintage books about flowers from the 30's and 40's.
They have the most beautiful illustrations, and there's something just lovely about certain ones.

Poppies, my home-state flower :)

They look a little dark because of the filter I used on the photos--
in person they're much prettier!

Now for a few children's books:

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl.

A 1940's book of rhymes.

Very sweet and colorful illustrations inside...

...some being a little creepy, though.

Sadly, the cover illustration on this book was torn off...

But look how beautiful they are inside.

This one is called "So There,"
and is filled with sweet poems.

This bee illustration is one of my favorites.

a tummy
of honey!

Now do you see
why it seems to me
that being a bee is
being the best thing
there is to be?

Lastly is this book illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa,
whose drawings are so adorable.

Two quick non-book finds:
This cute tin, which now hold some vintage toys in my kiddos room--

...and this little embroidery kit.
I've never embroidered before!
But I find myself really loving it.
I can see why people fall in love with vintage craft kits!

Are books always on your radar?
Do you collect any certain kind of vintage books?

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Jill said...

I always head to the children's book section at the thrifts, I am drawn to Little Golden books, especially those illustrated by Eloise Wilkin. Vintage books have given me blog post ideas many times!! ! Love the ones you found!

Heather@Tatter and Fray said...

I completely agree about the magic of books. My faves are the Crisco book (so cool!) and the Cakes & Frostings book, which I'm pretty sure my mom has, as I totally recognize that "Tex" cake! ;)

L'Heure Bleue At Home said...

The children's books are fabulous finds and I love the tin. I'm having a Blogiversary Giveaway at L'Heure Bleue At Home. Come on over and check it out!

Cameron said...

You found some great ones! The fairy book and poem illustrations are just what I like to use on my painting substrates sometimes :)

I've always said you have an eye for this!