Thursday, May 26, 2011
A re-run again. I mentioned this one briefly about a year ago but thought I would share some more scans with you.
These were booklets that were enclosed as extras in Lion magazine. This 1954 one reused a lot of the Bonestell and Freeman illustrations from the Collier's magazine series.
Some were re-paintings of famous images.
A lot of very beautiful art for such a small booklet. It even had this great color "center-fold".
Really beautiful images even if re-printed from another source.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Scholastic Books had several newsmagazines for children. For the younger ones it was My Weekly Reader and for the older ones it was NewsTime. It was longer articles, stories, and features. This issue had a couple of items of interest to me. The first is the cover about trying to solve our trash situation. They suggest that launching it into space might be an option but suggest that the Moon is now off-limits since we were headed there soon.
The last article is almost an rebuttal to the previous debate. It shows a very nice illustration of our Moon Base. It is actually the next page in the magazine after the space debate. It suggests that our landing on the Moon was inevitable and there were some who thought we should have accomplished it sooner. It amazes me that my memories of school and space flight were shown in these magazines. In 1963 we were in love with space and by 1971 we were bored with it.
Monday, May 9, 2011
Del Rey, Lester. Illustrated by Heugh, James. Rockets Through Space: The Story of Man's Preparations to Explore the Universe. New York: John C. Winston Co. (118 p.) 26 cm. (1957)
The book covers all aspects of space travel starting with the theory of rockets and the first planned satellites. It goes on to describe conditions in space, plans for space stations, missions to the Moon, and exploration of the planets.
The paintings by James Heugh are wonderful, a last goodbye to the romantic images of spaceflight illustration. Realism in depicting spaceflight starts to take over from here.
tennis in Pinehurst North Carolina. I was probably 8 or 9 when that book
Rockets Through Space occupied Dad's loving attention. He worked late
regularly, in a room just at the top of the stairs from my bedroom - in
a beautiful old stone Pennsylvania country farmhouse that I will miss
forever. I watched Dad work like no-one else, I suspect. Looking at his
work tonight (this morning) all these years later brought a flood of
paintings were among those that contain the essence of his pride at the
peak of his power. You really should see the work full size, without the
muddling of the printing process. His meticulous scratchboards (black and
white - ink on white clay board, scratched through for thin white lines) are gorgeous."
"After his 80th birthday, when I gave him a copy of his long lost Rockets
Through Space, he expressed some embarrassment about the now obvious inaccuracy of his imagination: specifically he pointed out that the "starship" (the sphere) couldn't contain enough fuel to have such a huge
flame, nor would it need it. And the skin-tight space suits were all wrong
(although in that case he was following one of the possible solutions as
explained in the text - pressure from the suit's structural "fabric" rather
than a self contained atmosphere.) "
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Longo, Angelo and Barry, Catharine. Illustrated by Longo, Angelo. The Space Book. New York: Paxton-Slade Publishing Co. (44 p.) 29 cm. (1962)
It is a very basic text about astronomy, rockets and the manned exploration of space. Simple illustrations include planetary surfaces, spacesuits, various launch vehicles and spaceships of the future. It is part of the "Paxton-Slade Picture-Story Books" series.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
This particular image could be the source of dissertations for its naive imperialism. There is no doubt that a child would be left with a aspiration to see Americans to the Moon first.