Friday, December 31, 2021

New Year's Night of Sputniks (1967)


A strange and yet seasonal children's book for New Year's Eve. This is a long Estonian poem with illustrations by Olev Soans. His style of art is a strange technical collage. The images are beautifully drawn but also slightly disturbing (not unlike the past year). Happy New Year and the rise of hope.

New Year's Night of Sputniks. Helvi Jurisson. Drawn by Olev Soans. Tallinn : Eesti Raamat. 19 p. 13.5 cm x 19.5 cm, 1967.

Friday, December 24, 2021

Colored Legend About Space (1979)


Merry Christmas. As my Xmas posting I would like to share the joys of drawings by children about space. I hope you are having a chance to recharge and do something fun.

Out of scope for my blog with its 1979 Estonian publication date.  It seems to be illustrated entirely by paintings of space flight done by young children. I had came across an actual book of drawings done in 1972 by American schoolchildren which this current book reminds me a lot of. I blogged about that book in 2017.

The book is almost too big to scan since every 2 page spread is a work of art.  Enjoy!

Tiia Toomet. Colored Legend About Space. Tallinn : Kunst. 1979

Friday, December 17, 2021

Our Conversations With Vovka (1960)


Our Conversations with Vovka is a book of stories for junior schoolchildren. Almost no space content except for the cover and 1 story inside.

V. Golyavkin. Artists, M. Belomlinsky and B. Starodubtsev. Our Conversations with Vovka. Leningrad : Children's Literature Publishing House. 44 p. 8.5 inches. 1960.

Friday, December 10, 2021

Funny Toys (1969)


A couple of pages from a "paper-craft" book published in Estonia. I love the style of these rocket images.

Eva Lootsar. Drawings by Lilian Harm. Funny Toys. Tallinn : Kunst. 12 p. 28 x 21 cm. 1969.

There is no text in the book except a short introduction about crafting with paper.

Friday, December 3, 2021

"America's Rocket Pioneer" in Treasure Chest of Fun and Fact (December 6, 1962)


Treasure Chest of Fun & Fact was a Catholic-oriented comic book series created by Dayton, Ohio publisher George A. Pflaum and distributed in parochial schools from 1946 to 1972. The May 1962 issue (vol. 18 no. 7) has an article about Robert Goddard. For more about the comic series: