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Fishink’s selected Vintage Book Covers

January 20, 2014

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For me, some of the best book covers that you may see on the internet or in secondhand shops from the 1950’s through to the 1970’s, are concerned with a few core elements. Colour, shape and movement all wrapped up in a feel-good factor. Here are some classics,

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also a few not quite so well known.

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Repetition of shape, geometry and colour certainly ruled the day. Gosh they even make ‘Riddles in Mathematics’ by Eugene P. Northrop look kinda funky !

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Colour and movement were key elements when attracting the customer to the cover.

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This happened across the board. Boys and girl’s books…

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Travel …

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How to… where to…

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Books about relaxation and music.

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Farming, industry and life in the city.

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Even craft and cookery covers all got that special treatment .

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Fab covers don’t you think.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. January 20, 2014 10:50 am

    I think I may have an addiction to this stuff. I love them all, but those fish are just something else – oh and the bottles and stuff on that mango one – exquisite.

    • January 20, 2014 4:06 pm

      Perhaps like me, you have a penchant for all things fish related : )

      • January 20, 2014 8:31 pm

        I’m Pisces!

      • January 21, 2014 11:12 pm

        You win : )

      • January 22, 2014 7:34 am

        Oh, I was certain you would say that you were too!

      • January 22, 2014 10:49 am

        Alas no, I’m not a water baby, instead I’m a child of the winter months with a Capricorn’s December birthday. Us goats like the higher rockier crags (apparently!).

      • January 24, 2014 8:56 am

        Sounds dangerous!

      • January 24, 2014 9:02 am

        well I guess it would be, if I was a typical Capricorn, however luckily I’m not, so instead preferring the un-craggier low-lying flat areas to live in : )

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  2. January 20, 2014 10:12 pm

    Yes, quite fab. I had to chuckle at your comment about the Math book cover… so true. Being ‘math-deficient’, I remember gazing at my new mathematic textbook, knowing that no matter how colorful and interesting the cover was, the inside held such boredom, confusion, and dread for me!

    • January 21, 2014 11:14 pm

      Why is this always the same feeling. I have an excellent picture book called Maths Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. It sums up that feeling of dread and panic perfectly.

  3. January 20, 2014 10:59 pm

    Like Alison I love the fish ones, that’s because I’m sea obsessed, not a Pisces. Wonderful post… thank you.

    • January 21, 2014 11:15 pm

      There’s a few of us fisher folk around it seems : )

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