Friday, October 7, 2016

Cosmonaut One (1965)

A quick one for today, Cosmonaut One (1965). This is one of many Russian pamphlets for children and the general public about Yuri Gagarin's first manned space flight. I like this one for its earlier date and painted illustrations.

 I also like the picture of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in the classroom (on the wall).

Some nice portraits of someone who died far too young.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Man in Flight (1959)

This is a Disney book that was part of the "Tomorrowland Adventure" series that Disney published for schools making WWD episodes into textbooks for the classroom. It is found both as this pamphlet cover and a "perma-bound" school version (below).

"Man in Flight" television show; aired on March 6, 1957. Directed by Hamilton S. Luske. The history of flight, told in a humorous animated sequence using parts of Victory Through Air Power with new narration. Walt Disney also takes viewers to Disneyland by helicopter and shows them some of the flying attractions there.

Watson, Jane Werner. Illustrated by Carbe, Nino. Man in Flight: A Tomorrowland Adventure. Syracuse, NY: LW Singer Co. Inc. (48 p.) 21 cm. 

 Primarily about the history of flight this has no space art in it except 1 painting of the XR-1 at the back in the "supersonic flight" section. "Tomorrowland Adventure" series.

Along with images from "Victory through Air Power" it has some very nice illustrations that may have been done just for this book to "round" out the other coverage of spaceflight and satellites. 

These last three images are the only ones I might called space related.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Until the Earth is Far (1962) (part 2)

Continuing with this book:
Lyashenko, Mikhail and Svirin, Alexander. Illustrated by B. Markiewicz and Grishin. Until the Earth is Far. Moscow:   .100p. 30 cm. (part of "Books of Knowledge" series, Book 1.)

 And of course how beautiful the Earth is.

The illustrations are strange and wonderful. I like these two exploration vehicles.

 This is a nice little cartoon showing how humans might be intimidated by life on another planet.

 This last section seem to focus on the suggested future of the Russians in space. It seem to be showing them picking up a Russian medallion with a article predicting a manned landing in 196...

Friday, September 16, 2016

Until the Earth is Far (1962) (part 1)

This is a tough one to come up with a correct translated title. Could also be:

"Still far from Earth"
"Until the earth is still far"

So I will go with my made-up one:

Lyashenko, Mikhail and Svirin, Alexander. Illustrated by B. Markiewicz and Grishin. Until the Earth is Far. Moscow:   .100p. 30 cm. (part of "Books of Knowledge" series, Book 1.)

This was part of an "encyclopedia" for children which too a fictional story and filled it with scientific facts. Other topics in the series were "On this planet can live", "Operation Ocean", "Big Hunt", and "expedition to the ancestors."

These are widely known children's classics in Russia and have bee reprinted in both 2010 and 2016.

Having no russian language I speculate we once again have a group of children traveling with a scientist uncle or friend as they explore the solar system in their space craft.

The illustration are wonderfully fanciful and suggest how fantasy and reality can be shown together.

I have encountered these "wings" in some other russian children's books. I don't know if this was a concept developed earlier than this but it seems interesting.

I think this section shows the conditions found on different planets as they explore the solar system.

I will continue with illustrations from this book with my next post.