It’s pretty unnecessary to state that I was supremely excited to receive the following Pelican 1969 edition of R.D. Laing’s Divided Self last week. In fact, I posted an image of a very similar edition last month and drooled over the cover design.
If all book covers were as cool as this, I probably wouldn’t mind that they’re strewn all over/next to/around my desk. And couch. And bed. And life.
And here are the covers of a couple of my old stand-bys: two texts by Alfred de Vigny from the 19th century. Stello (1832) and the play Chatterton (1835), which I’m currently translating into English.
These Garnier-Flammarion paperbacks from 1984 (Stello) and 1968 (Chatterton) are the first copies I ever purchased of each text. I now own three versions of Stello and four of Chatterton. You could say I love them.
Here’s another Stello paperback (Garnier 1970), frolicking next to Laing:
Yellows and blues and greens throughout the whole lot. Conspiracy?
Posted in Design & Paper, French, literature, Vintage
Tagged 1830s, 19th century, academia, Alfred de Vigny, blue, Chatterton, design, dissertation, Divided Self, France, French, French literature, Garnier, Garnier-Flammarion, green, literature, Pelican, PhD, R. D. Laing, Stello, translation, Vigny, Vintage, yellow
ou’re not going to believe the ridiculous level of coolness owned by the vintage stamp designs I’m about to show you, which I discovered earlier today via Vintage Postage Stamps (a new Tumblr find that for which I have extremely high hopes). These little gems hail from Israel and were designed in 1972 as part of their Education series, which is comprised of four different stamp designs, each symbolizing a different stage of education (from the website of the Israel Philatelic Federation (IPF)):
I. Elementary school, the tab reading: “The beginning of wisdom is this: get wisdom… ” (Proverbs 4:7)
II. Secondary school, the tab reading: “Train upon a child in the way he should go… ” (Proverbs 22:6)
III. Vocational training, the tab reading: “…but all study of the law without labor
comes to naught at the last… ” (Pirkei Aboth 2)
IV. Academic training, the tab reading: “…but you shall meditate on it day and night… ” (Joshua 1:8)
Aren’t they gorgeous? More details for the series and each stamp design can be found at the IPF’s website HERE.
Yours in educational stamp glory,
Posted in Design & Paper, Type, Vintage
Tagged 1972, academics, brown, color, DailyDropCap, design, education, green, Hebrew, IPF, Israel, Israel Philatelic Federation, learning, orange, pink, proverbs, red, school, stamps, Tumblr, Type, Vintage, vintage postage, Vintage Postage Stamps
If you haven’t yet visited Ted Staunton’s Gallery of Record Labels from the first half of the twentieth century, you have been MAJORLY missing out.
Here are some reasons why:
I can’t freakin’ get enough of them. And there are a bajillion more where these came from. Check out the beautifully extensive gallery HERE.
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Tagged animals, art, birds, butterflies, children, colors, Design & Paper, gold, green, kids, labels, music, record labels, records, red, Ted Staunton, Type, Vintage, yellow
Unbelievable site that I recently discovered somehow (if I could retrace the site-to-site-to-site-ad infinitum itinerary, I promise I would.): Kiddie Records Weekly: Classics from the Golden Age. Kiddie Records Weekly features a weekly selection of vintage children’s album designs. Their archives are enormous, AND they stream all the audio! It’s pure old-school craziness! Go forth and enjoy. And, for now, here are some of my faves (but I still have stacks to pore through):
Aren’t they amazing? Love them. Love the colors, love the type, love the illustrations… love it all.
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Tagged albums, art, audio, blue, Carrot Seed, carrots, caterpillar, children, chimes, church, clowns, colors, CRG, Design & Paper, Disney, Eagle and the Thrush, firetrucks, Flick, flowers, Golden Age, green, holidays, illustration, Kiddie Records Weekly, kids, manners, MGM, mice, music, opera, orange, owl, Pagliacci, Peter Churchmouse, RCA, records, roller skates, Type, vegetables, Vintage, winter, yellow