Now for something fun. Here is a collage of the pictures I currently have for sale on Etsy. You know, I am trying to sell these, sure, but I also just really love these pictures. I started looking at children’s vintage books after the birth of my first daughter. There truly is an innocence that is not in contemporary books. I love so much illustration, and I love what is being made now a days, but this earlier stuff, before computers, before too-adult pop culture, hell, before MTV, speaks to a time when little girls could wear smocks and dresses (and not be skinny may I add) and the animals were funny, not snarky. On my treasure hunting I also come upon old science journals and textbooks, and those illustrations are clean and crisp and earnest. I use them with irony now, kind of like the pleasure of watching “Mad Men”.
And I think, that if I don’t highlight them, frame them and put them on my wall, they are lost to everyone. So this is my attempt by drawing attention to something, that in my mind, is very valuable and enriching. Maybe you do too!