Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Jolly Old Santa Claus

It's the last VTT before Christmas, so I'm sure everyone has some really cool things they've been saving for this day. Be sure to visit ColoradoLady and the other participants to see their vintage items that will take you back in time.



I have a vintage Christmas picture book this week,Jolly Old Santa Claus written by Maryjane H. Tonn and beautifully illustrated by George Hinke. According to several web sites, it was published in 1958, but there is no copyright inside the book. I also discovered that the book has been reprinted and is available at Amazon for only $4.00!It is assembled in a style typical of books during this era. The double-spread pages alternate between text and illustrations, which was less expensive to print at the time.The story is very cute, a tour of the North Pole in the last few days before Christmas. The reader learns about Mrs. Santa and her contributions to Christmas, as well as Santa's helpers, known as brownies in this story.Of course Santa hooks up the reindeer and jumps in the sleigh on Christmas Eve. When he returns, he puts his feet up with a cup of cocoa, while the brownies head off to bed!I love George Hinke's illustrations of this story! I found out that he was an artist born in Berlin, who learned his craft apprenticing with several Master Painters in Germany. Many murals in the famous churches of Germany hold his artwork, and Frederick the Great's castle has paintings by Hinke commissioned by the Kaiser in the early twentieth century. There are prints and originals of his work available for sale online and in galleries all over the world.
Have a very happy Christmas, everyone! Enjoy yourself as you visit the other Vintage Thingies Thursday participants at Colorado Lady!


29 comments:

Shelia said...

Hi Elizabeth! What a wonderful old book! I just love the illustrations in the olden books - so classic!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lilly's Life said...

How gorgeous is that book - beautifully illustrated!

marian said...

What a gorgeous book, Elizabeth...we both like simialr things & vintage books are the BEST!! Merry Christmas & see you in 2009 for more VTT fun :) xx

Amy said...

What an awesome book! It's the kind of book that you could spend hours looking at :-)

Fiona said...

Oh I love those kinds of books, the illustrations from that time are still so beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

squawmama said...

Elizabeth this was a really special book... Looks like a really cute story too... Wonder if it is still in print??? My babies would love it... Have a great night

(((HUGS)))
Donna

nikkicrumpet said...

Gosh...the illustrations on these are marvelous...complete works of art!!!

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

What a great book. Merry Christmas.

CC said...

It's a wonderful, sweet book. Happy VTT and have a lovely Christmas..

imjacobsmom said...

My brother actually had this book and I hope it is still around here somewhere tucked away in the old crawl space. I believe he received it as a gift for his first Christmas from an aunt. Don't you just love the illustrations? Now my brother can draw and paint like this if he wants to. I wish I could. Maybe this is one of his first inspirations, hmmmm. Thanks for sharing.....Robyn

Dawn said...

I think I might have had that book as a kid! The pictures look so familiar--especially of the elves getting ready for bed!

Coloradolady said...

What a sweet little book. I love the cover. Very charming. I will be here next week for VTT, if you decide to link in. If not, I understand, it is a busy time. Merry Christmas!

Jill said...

WOW! I would love to get a hold of that book! I love the illustrations! That's how I see Christmas! :)
Have a wonderful holiday!

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

Hello Elizabeth!
I really enjoyed viewing your charming and beautifully illustrated Christmas book! It was such a treat that you added the information about George Hinke--so very interesting. I love to hear about the old artists.
I enjoyed your house tour too!
Have a wonderful Christmas!
Blessings to You!
Claudia O.

Kellie said...

How is it that I've missed this book in it's reprint form? I MUST get a copy!! Beautifully illustrated! Thanks for sharing!

Chris said...

I've seeen many many pictures of Santa, but this one is a first for me. You are amazing, how you keep comimg up with so many vintage items. Love it....

Hugs,
Chris

Smilingsal said...

I wonder how/when brownies became elves. Thanks for sharing.

Susan said...

Beautiful book!
Merry Christmas.

mannequin said...

How delightful! I just had to stop by as I knew you would have a little pretty today!
Oh how I love old books..the illustrations are divine!

Gollum said...

I just popped in to say Happy Christmas! Loved the book.
Merry Hugs,
Gollum

blueviolet said...

That looks so incredibly familiar to me. I'm wondering if I had that book as a little girl. I really like it!

Jewelgirl said...

Yes we are twins (sometimes!) I have
this book stashed away in my giftwrap
box! I agree it has wonderful art
work and details. I think mine was
published under the "Ideals" book
name, later than 1958! Wishing you
a wonderful Christmas! Jewelgirl

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

I just adore old picture books. The Santas in them always looked cheerful and rosy cheeked. Illustrations back then just had a certain ethereal quality to them. Thanks for this great post. xxoo

mub said...

What a fun book! Thanks so much for sharing it.

lemonologie said...

These are fabulous!

I'm just now catching up with the SITS featured bloggers, and wanted to say congrats!

Anonymous said...

I have the same book too. My mom bought it for me in the seventies. i read it every year to my son for Christmas. It is surely a classic. I look forward to reading it someday to my grandchildren.

Margi said...

Hi Elizabeth, I found your blog on a search for this book. I have the Jolly Old Santa Claus book my Mom bought for us and display it every Christmas. Inside the front cover it says edited and prepared by van b. hooper, Ideals Publishing Co., Milwaukee 1, Wisconsin, then below that, Copyright 1958 by Ideal Publishing Co., printed and bound in U.S.A., one dollar per copy. Would you know its monetary value? To me, it is priceless. Margi

Terry Newton said...
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Terry Newton said...

My copy is identified as a 1958 copyright by Ideals Publishing Co. Milwalukee 1 Wisconsin, edited and prepared by van b. hooper. I received it as a gift in 1959. It is titled 'JOLLY OLD SANTA CLAUS'. It appears to match the older versions I see with illustrations posted. this appears to confirm information from prior posters.