Monday, August 9, 2010

Man in Space (Science Service) (1965)

Part of the Science Service science program this booklet is very common. First issued in 1960 this particular one in its multiple editions encapsulated how fast things changed.

(See here for some of the other space science booklets in the series: )

Each booklet had text about the topic and spaces where you could "glue" in the enclosed stamps. Most were photographs to supplement the text.

Stone, Marvin L. Man in space. Garden City: New York. 64 p. 21 cm.

I had a subscription to these when I was a child. Since the booklets were so small every few booklets you would get a maroon and silver case you could store them in on your bookshelf. You also got a spine label (see above) with your stamps that you could glue on the case to remember which booklets were in which box.

When you subscribed as a promotion they also had a poster that I remember well (see below)

These were favorites of mine because I had "made" them and I read them over and over.

Not much other art in the book but this possible space station also inflamed my imagination

Finally here is the 1960 edition with yet another "lost" delta winged beauty.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

To Other Planets (1959) Part 2

Another Summer Re-run!

See here for Part 1:

One of the fun things about collecting for me is that after collecting an item there is still more story to be found. In this case I found a poster starring the book I blogged about back in February. The poster is from a collection I found of Russian space posters from the 1950s and 1960s.

This facinating poster book was published as part of an art show of these posters and is full of some beautiful examples. I will share more some other post.

The author of To Other Planets, Pavel Klushantsev, is a well known Russian SF film director and screenwriter, author of a well-known movie Planet of Storms, so it makes sense it would be highlighted in this 1961 poster. Just to finish the re-run portion of this post here are a few more images from the book: