Thursday, January 21, 2010

Vintage Thingie-Thursday Picture Books



This book belonged to my aunt as a child, which dates it to the late 1940s, I guess. The author and illustrator was Peg Maltby (1899-1984).


They are quite large paperbacks, about the size of an old scrapbook or colouring book, and most of the pages are in black and white with some full-colour pages scattered throughout. The pages are brown with age, but still holding together well.



I guess my aunt thought perhaps it was a colouring book:


(Which reminds me that I once did this too in an old picture book at my Gran's house when I was staying there. Gran was horrified, and I was mortified. I really did think it was for colouring!)


The illustrations are just so cute! I love those vintagey colours!


And those rosy cheeks!

Thanks for looking and check out more vintage goodies here.

16 comments:

marian said...

that was simply delightful :)

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Those images are just amazing. I looks at kids books now and some of the art is very good, great even but its not the same. Its not 'this' good.

I love the old books

happy vtt!

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Ben and Bella...how special is this book with it's amazing details of living on the beach in the 1940's or earlier. I love their beach house in the second picture with the window done in Stars and Stripes and the Lobster being chased away with the broom and rolling pin. Thanks for sharing...I'd have colored in it too.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very cute!

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

Keetha Broyles said...

I LOVE this little book, and I'd like to HAVE a little beach bungalow JUST LIKE THAT ONE!

Coloradolady said...

What an adorable book....How wonderful it is that you have it! The colors and pictures are just precious. Have a great VTT!

LV said...

These are vintage things I truly enjoy seeing and hearing about. Great job.

RainGardener said...

Those are just adorable illustrations - back when they were so sweet. I love old books anyway but these really are great treasures!!!

Postcardy said...

The "colored" page looks pretty good.

It looks like those characters were living in a vegetable so they must have been "teenie weenie" size.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Teenie_Weenies

Sandra said...

TOO Cute!

~~Carol~~ said...

What a wonderful keepsake of your aunt's! The illustrations are so beautiful, especially that last one. And I love how each window has shell shutters! So sweet!
Happy VTT!
Carol

Amanda said...

The illustrations in this book are really sweet. I agree the vintagey colors are fun!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

I absolutely love the quaintness of old illustrations! Actually I like almost everything vintage--dishes, recipes, houses, books and illustrations! Enjoyed perusing your wonderful blog! Charming!

Stickhorse Cowgirl "V"

GardenofDaisies said...

OH that was cute! That last picture with the couple taking care of their new found mermaid baby is adorable!

KK said...

Such a happy little family. I like the one where she is peeling the potatoes. Baby mermaid looks happy too. :-)

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

super cute and great illustrations! thanks for sharing.. happy vtt