Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Silly Sidney

Sidney the Elephant was created in the late 50's as an animated Terrytoon for CBS / 20th Century Fox (find out more HERE and watch on youtube too); but for now enjoy this wonderfully illustrated, and very funny Sidney tale from Wonder Books (1965.)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Handy Dialing Guide

More proof that art directors, illustrators, and designers could make ANY subject interesting back in the good 'ol days, this Handy Dialing Guide for Illinois area codes is a keeper, not only for the useful phone information, but more importantly for the darling characters used to highlight it. I especially like the seated English chap with the mustache on page 3: "I say old man, how're things over in Kankakee?"

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Yeast Baking & You

Hey, it's Turkey Day 2011, and we're buzzin' around the kitchen with last minute preparations for today's feast: turkey's about to pop, green beans simmerin', taters mashed, gravy graved-- but wait! Somebody forgot the breads and yeasty dessert treats! Arghh! Good thing we have this great General Mills / Fleischmann's Yeast / Gold Medal Flour booklet (1963) on how to be a yummy yeast baker, 41 pages exploding with delicious recipes (and dynamite illustrative and color design too!) Let the groovy redhead be your guide to: Peanut Butter Batter Bread, crescents, rolls, bunlets, Swirl-A-Breads, Little Loafers, logs, pinwheels, pockets, Monkey Bread and even (eeek!) Grandmother's Buns! Enjoy your day friends, and eat responsibly!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Amazing Arizona

Published in the late 50's by The Arizona Development Board, this gorgeously designed 50+ page booklet (with its fantastically fun cover illustration), not only makes for a truly one of a kind travel brochure, but also a grand way of selling an entire state to those looking for a new place to live: "...from the world's most spectacular natural wonders, and vivd, ever changing moods at all compass points, you'll discover an adventure of endless surprises in the vacation state of the nation!" Enjoy these highlights!