Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Another Night Before

Well, here we are, the Night Before Christmas! I thought I'd share another one of my vintage books with everyone.
This one was published in 1935 by Whitman Publishing in Racine, Washington. It was my dad's. The front and back covers are exactly the same, and it is still held together with the three original staples. It's a little worn around the edges, but in great shape otherwise; there's no tape or other attempts at repair, either.
The book is Linen-Like, which I think just means it is all, including the cover, printed on a thick, ridgy cardstock, very similar to the textured cardstock I buy for scrapbooking. One odd thing about the story is that there are no Christmas trees anywhere in the illustrations! I also have to say that I think the father, shown here peeking at Santa, is kind of creepy.
For a book of its era, it's unusual to have color illustrations on every page. The illustrator of the book is Keith Ward, whose work many of you are familiar with as he was the illustrator for the Dick & Jane books, created Elmer the trademark for Elmer's glue, and was the illustrator of The Black Stallion. In the fine art community Ward was a respected and gifted impressionist. He died in 2000 at the age of 94. In researching Mr. Ward, I found a blog called Today's Inspiration that had interesting information about his illustrations and lots of pictures.I am off to Christmas Eve mass with the pageant, and then my family's Christmas Eve where we exchange gifts. This is so no one, aka the kids, is confused on Christmas between the Santa gifts and those from family, and they appreciate things more.

13 comments:

Oh2122 said...

Fab! My parents still have my Golden Book version.

Merry Christmas!

Chris said...

Another great book you have shared. And I wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Hugs,
Chris

Smilingsal said...

You have an impressive vintage book collection; this is one of your treasures. Merry Christmas, Elizabeth!

Ronda's Rants said...

Okay...Dad is a little creepy! Yikes!
They are beautiful books however...
I hope you have a Very Merry Christmas!

Rue said...

What a great book! The father is kinda creepy though LOL

Merry Christmas Elizabeth!!

rue

Connie said...

Merry CHRISTmas, sweet cherub!! It's so nice to read a post where all the grammar and punctuation is "right on"!! Come over to visit me today and chuckle with me. I think you'll enjoy the "memories" also, sweetpea......
Smooches,
Connie

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Elizabeth, I loved this. Thank you so much! It's one of my favorite stories, and I can still hear my mother reading it to me!

Popping by to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Much love and many blessings...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

A fav of mine!

May you enjoy a blessed and peaceful Christmas! Create some magical memories.

jeanne said...

Elizabeth, This wonderful Christmas story is illustrated so beautifully. I love vintage books too. The fact that it was your dads, makes it so much more special.

Merry Christmas greetings to you and your loved ones with blessings and love...Jeanne

Sarah said...

What a lovely book! I love vintage children's books and have quite a few. I do agree that Dad is a little creepy. I have a book about how to sketch people from the 50s and there is a particulalry creepy uncle!
Have a lovely Christmas!

Donna Marie said...

Merry Christmas Elizabeth!!!!

Be safe and merry!

xoxoxoxoxo
Donna Marie

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

I loved seeing these old illustrations! Thanks for sharing them with us. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! -Julia :-)

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What a great book!This wonderful Christmas story is illustrated so beautifully.