Friday, August 10, 2018

"Rocket Makes a Hole" (1974)

Rocket Makes a Hole (1974)

So this is a "made-up" title for this item.  The title was not translated when I bought it. The seller called it "Animals in Space" which may not be right either. 

It is a paperback fictional children's book about animals taking a ride in a rocket. The nice extra feature is the hole on each page that lets you see a preview of an animal in the hold of what is on the next page.

Basically I just liked the pictures and it is too hot to work anyway, so enjoy!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Man in Space (Disney) (1957)

I have a deep love for the 1955 Walt Disney's "Man in Space" feature film. I have blogged about other things I have found about it including a comic book:

and a classroom guide:

This is another neat item, a listing of the film in a Japanese film program.  When Man in Space made it to the theaters it was shown in Japan with the movie Bambi.  At the time a movie program for Bambi was sold and there was a a section about the Man in Space feature film.

I am supposing that the picture from "The Earth to the Moon" reflects the history of space flight in film.

 I am sorry it is not easier to translate Japanese but this is still a fun piece of ephemera.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Space Base (1972)

A summer re-run for you, a re-post and expansion of  "Space Base"

(I first blogged about this book on March 12, 2010)

Freeman, Mae B. Illustrated by Raul Mina Mora. Space Base. New York : Watts. (63 p.) 26 cm. Illustrated Boards.

 A basic story about a child visiting a space station and learning about the construction and use of space stations. Gives a complete basic description of how they would be constructed, what power sources they would use, and what life on a space station would be like. Many full page illustrations of the exterior and interior of an imaginary circular space station.

This book was written by Mae Freeman, who also wrote the 1959 book "You Will Go To The Moon." You could almost see this book as an update of that vision of the future.  I wish the illustrations were in color but they are still awe-inspiring.

 One of the nice changes is the multi-racial population of this book.

 The book is basically an extended trip to a "Von Braun/Colliers" type space station

 The delta-wing "shuttle" is very distinctive (even if out of date already at the time)

There is also a nice depiction of a "Space telescope"

 The book back-pedals by showing that such a huge station will take steps to build and will take some preliminary steps.

This final illustrations shows some of the possible space stations children could expect in the near future.

Friday, July 20, 2018

A Trip to the Moon (1970)

Happy moon day to you all.  Here is another of those books commemorating the first landing on the moon.  This one was a school primer and has a running timer in the corner of each page when the events occurred. Sixteen pages of history.

Edelman, Jeffrey. Illustrated by Evans, Christopher. A Trip to the Moon. London : Ginn. (16 p.) 23 cm. Softcover.
t minus 2 hours 17 mins
ID. Primary. Color drawings. A very basic book about Project Apollo. “First interest in space books #5” series.


 195 hours from take-off to landing. One of the greatest human adventures (so far.)