Friday, August 11, 2017

Space travel: A Milliken Full Color Transparency Book (1968)

Another beautiful classroom item. In the dark ages (1960s) classroom would use an overhead projector to show various pictures of interest. This is a book of transparencies that could be used for classroom instruction about space travel. The images are beautiful and simple.

Space Travel. Edward Ortleb and Richard Cadice. St. Louis, Miss. : Milliken Pub. Co., 1968. "A Milliken full color transparency book" 12 overhead transparencies : color + 4 duplicating masters + notes (5 pages)

 A special "slice" of what they thought the future would bring. 

There was also a couple of "ditto" masters to test knowledge of the material:

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A is For Astronaut: A Classroom "Tribute" to Apollo 16 mission (1972)

This is a pleasantly unique item. In  1971-1972 a teacher led their 2nd grade class in creating a class project about Apollo 16.  The mission was in April 1972 but from markings in this scrapbook/artist's book they had been studying the mission all school year (1971-1972)

I am fascinated by the artists' naive approach to illustrating what they knew about the mission. I also like how each of the artists developed a simple image for each of the 26 letters.  (Although there were 27 images since they had 1 more student than letter.)

 I especially like "K is for Kicking Rocks"

Thursday, July 20, 2017

We Land On The Moon Coloring Book (Based on NASA'a Project Apollo): To the Moon (1969)

This is the day, July 20th. People first landed on the Moon 48 years ago.

"Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two humans, who were Americans, on the Moon. Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC. Armstrong became the first to step onto the lunar surface six hours later on July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC; Aldrin joined him about 20 minutes later. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft, and collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material to bring back to Earth." from Wikipedia

So now I would like to share the story in common with all 6 of the previous coloring books: The section "To The Moon." Approximately half the pages in the coloring books was devotes to this same feature.

The photos these are based on are probably very familiar to you. The conversion of these images into their basic lines helps remind us how iconic they were/are.

Happy Moon day!

This one is just goofy. I think they left something critical out of the image. Since it was in every version of this coloring book this "wrong" image was carefully reproduced in each one.