Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wonders of Space Stamps (1954)

These "Golden Books" were everywhere and there were stamps for all sorts of subjects. This is the earliest of the space related stamps books.  Each stamp is a little jewel of space art.

Bernhard, Hubert. Illustrated by Solonewitsch, George and Discount, William. Wonders of Space Stamps: An Exciting Account of the Stars, Sun, Planets, and Other Wonders of the Sky. New York: Simon and Schuster. (48 p.) 28 cm. (1954)

There are so many images that rather than scan each I scanned the sheets of stamps.

These stamp books had simple text and 48 color stamps to glue in the appropriate places. George Solonewitsch's stamp art includes paintings of the planets and a rocket to the Moon.

But you should not discount a little extra space art from William Discount (sorry). His drawings of a couple of space scenes to go with the stamps are also a hidden treasure.

This is the only page that has any space flight text but these next few images are nicely futuristic about what children could expect from space flight.

Beside the Moon mankind would also eventually go to tthe other planets.

A very nice book. P.S. your "First Vacation on the Moon" is coming up soon!

1 comment:

  1. Oh my gosh, I totally forgot about this book! I had this as a kid. Must have been a reprint, since I got it around 1970, and I had well into adolescence. I never peeled off the stickers, they were just too cool looking to use.