Friday, March 27, 2020

We, Too (1963)

A nice children's book about dreaming of a flight into space.

V. Dragunsky. Illustrated by I. Kononov. We, Too. Moscow: Children's World. (28 p.) 28 cm. 1963.

 Planning the rocket and getting the materials

Building the rocket they will play in.

Friday, March 20, 2020

We Fly to the Moon (1961)

 We Fly to the Moon is a wonderfully unique pop-up book from Russia. The paper pop-ups give shape to some lovely ideas.

G. Yurmin. Drawn by Y. Bugelsky. We Fly to the Moon. Moscow : Children's world. (10 p.) 28 cm. 1961


 Moon in the sky


 Going to Mars or maybe just a view of Mars from Earth

I think the rocket ship in the back cover folded out too, but it was too damaged to try.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Russian Children's Magazine (1961)

Sorry I don't have a translation on this. I bought it a while ago and have no more information.

It is number 8 in 1961 (maybe August?).  I just enjoyed a couple of the illustrations that seemed worth sharing.

 There was a nice illustration of a fictional story on the back cover.
 The best was a cut-out illustration of a space rocket.

Here is your finished rocket.

Friday, March 6, 2020

The Man-Rocket (1961)

So this is just a fun bit of ephemera.  Everyone characterizes the space age as "Where's my jetpack?" This was shorthand for the promised wonders of the time. But some of those ideas were pretty awesome!

The rocket belt  was a real technology that was demonstrated widely at the World's Fair in 1961. This pamphlet from Bell  Aerosystems Company showed some of the wonders and science behind it.

In 2009 I blogged about Kornel Keds and His Exciting Bell Rocket Belt


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Triumph Over Space (1951)

Triumph Over Space is a lie!

Well actually it is a 1951 promotional comic book but it has very little to do with space flight. It turns out it is from Kaiser-Frazer Motor Company promoting their new car. Since space flight was the "in" thing they frame the story of the car around a Martian coming to Earth.

 So it does start the story off on Mars....
 But you do feel a little cheated (as a child of the time might have) that is is about the new Kaiser car.

 "The 1951 Kaiser is truly a triumph over space!"

Friday, January 24, 2020

What the Telescope Told Us (1972)

I was excited to get a 1st edition of this popular book. It has some beautiful paintings of Soviet future exploration of the Solar system.

Klushantsev, P. Illustrations by E. Voishvillo. What the Telescope Told Us. Moscow : L. Detgiz. (66 p.) 28 cm. 1972.

 I like the mix of the Lunokhod 1 rover and the bottom half of the LEM in the painting as they roam the Moon.
 This is the expedition to Mercury (It is OK, we will go at night)
 Expedition to Venus.
 An illustration of some of the ideas about Mars
 An actual Martian expedition
 Observing Jupiter
 Observing Saturn
 Closer to Saturn. Please note the artist in space trying to capture the scene with his paint palette. Space art at its rawest!
 Expedition from earth
 The brave new future in space. (I like the "space bus." Next stop Outer Space.)

Friday, January 17, 2020

Star Travelers (1962)

Another lovely little book about Belka and Strelka. I like the colors chosen and the design. Since this is a "used" children's book please excuse the photoshopped removal of crayon :)

Yakovlev, Yu. Star Travelers. Moscow: Detskiy Mir. 17 cm. (48 p.) 1962.

 This may be my favorite illustration from the book. Dogs in Space!

Welcome to the new space age! (Steering wheel not included)