Monday, April 12, 2021

Dream About Gagarin (1961)


Celebrating "Yuri's Night." This is the celebration of Yuri Gagarin 1st manned flight into space in Vostok 1, which completed one orbit of Earth on 12 April 1961. So this book is also from 1961 suggesting that children should dream of this adventure.

Yanush Minkevich. Dream about Gagarin. Poland. 23 cm. 12 p. 1961.

Friday, April 9, 2021

The World of Space (1955)


The World of Space was a pamphlet from 1955. It was a little like a children's annual with comic strips and stories. It had some very nice illustrations I wanted to share.

The World of Space. Illustrated by "Ron." England : P.R.  20 p. 24 cm. 1955?

The writing is "memorable"

Friday, April 2, 2021

Mickey Mouse's Spaceship Pencil Box (1935)


A fun piece of ephemera today, a Mickey Mouse Pencil box from 1935.  People forget about the craze for Mickey Mouse in the 1930s, but they also forget how the revolutionary idea of rockets taking people into space was alos a current "fad". this captures in a whimsical way for children how people could travel into space.  There were a series of similar Dixon Mickey Mouse pencil boxes on different topics but this one particularly caught my eye (of course).

From the Weston's label inside they may have been a promotional/premium item with these crackers.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Operation Moon: Facts We’ll Need to Know When We Travel to Other Worlds (1955)


Operation Moon is an early SRA (Science Research Associates) school reading pamphlet from the 1st year of the program in 1955. (For more about SRA read here). It covers the basics of spaceflight and then explains how we might voyage to the Moon in the future. 

Burnett, R. Operation Moon: Facts We’ll Need to Know When We Travel to Other Worlds. Chicago: Science Research Associates. (48 p.) 1955.

The "Collier's/Von Braun" rocket was still the model for the future

Similarly the Lunar Lander is also modeled after "Collier's/Von Braun"

I like very much these concrete predictions of the future.

Friday, March 19, 2021

L'espace (1972)


Part of a series of French children's books (Cadet-rama), L'espace focused on astronomy and spaceflight. I really like the illustration style, a simple and modern approach. 

Grée, Alain.  Illustrated by Alain Grée. L'espace, Éditions Casterman. 29 p. 28 cm, 1972.