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Vintage Book Covers

November 1, 2021

It’s been a while since I shared some classic book covers.

I can’t tell you why but they always make me feel warm inside, I hope they have the same effect for you : )

Here’s a little science to get the visual party started.

A little food to go on the side table.

Throw in a little mystery and intrigue.

Making sure it’s well packaged.

Remember there’s a lot to learn out there.

Even if it’s from our children.

Before alas and all too soon… the party’s over.

Do any of these covers prompt a memory for anyone ? Hope you enjoyed today’s visual feast !



6 Comments leave one →
  1. Marc Myers permalink
    November 1, 2021 11:30 am

    So great. What a wonderful selection of covers. The post-war optimism and the freedom each artist had to graphically execute come bursting off each one. Back then, color choices not only wowed to grab attention in book stores but also made the potential buyer stare and think and trace the graphic’s lines and imagery with your eyes. The goal wasn’t just to get you to pick up the book in a store but admire and buy it if only for the cover. I had the ‘Animal Book” as a child, which had a glossy cover as I recall. The lettering, the fox, the thinness of his or her flute, and the three children all captivated me. Inside, pages were just as inventive. I suppose it was at home to stimulate ideas for my illustrator mom and to see how figures were positioned on pages when she was drawing. Sometimes I wish I had a room with wallpaper of these covers just to lean back and absorb them large. And “Various Owls” could only be by Tomi Ungerer!

    • November 1, 2021 11:42 am

      Thanks Marc. Great (as always) to hear from you and share your thoughts. I agree some vintage book wallpaper would cheer any room up no end ! : ) Hope this finds you well.

  2. Jane McArthur permalink
    November 1, 2021 2:14 pm

    We are soulmates, you and I.

    On the southern tip of Africa.

    Please note email address has changed to

    Sent from my iPad


    • November 1, 2021 2:49 pm

      What a lovely thought, that I now have a vintage loving soul mate all those miles away : ) I used to create African fabrics so have visited on more than one occasion. Hope you are well Jane.

  3. Joy permalink
    November 1, 2021 2:14 pm

    Thanks much for this post! I enjoy all your posts but I have extra love for bookcovers. You’ve shown a really nice selection of subjects and styles.

    • November 1, 2021 2:50 pm

      Thanks Joy, great to hear I am not alone in my love of this styling.

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