Friday, March 16, 2018

Towards the Dream (1958)

This is a small Russian space book. It was not for children but has many great illustrations of a possible space future. There are so many nice illustrations that I will break this up into 2 parts:

Towards the Dream. Lyapunov. Moscow. 167 pp. 17 cm. 1958

I will welcome any better translation of the title.

Landing on the Moon

 It seems to me that all these illustrations were done as painting but it was too expensive to make them all in color.  Maybe someone else recognizes the artist or the source?

 I like the aquatic return to earth.
 This section focuses on building the space station

 Hydroponics in Space!!!!

 This section seems to be about the landing on Mars

Friday, March 9, 2018

Rocket Your Sales with School Book Covers (1965)

Rocket Your Sales with School Book Covers (1965) is a fun piece of ephemera  that brings back my childhood love of space stuff.

I remember when you were asked to cover all your textbooks. You would check them out from the school and were required to put covers on them. In the beginning these were cut-up brown paper bags but soon you could buy covers (or better yet get them for free.) These free book covers usually had some sort of advertising on them which was an opportunity for a salesmen. This was a book of sample covers you could show your clients.

So today's post is only about showing off this book cover, which I had as a child.

Of course you had to have your class schedule on the book.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Lockheed Coloring Book (1960)

Lockheed Coloring Book: Visit Lockheed with Jerry and Kathy.  New York: Saalfield Pub. Co.  (64 p.) 27 cm. #1615. 1960.

 While mostly about airplanes and airplane design, there are a few "space-age" illustrations. For example Jerry's father looks like he designs rockets and not airplanes.

 The fighter jets are very impressive.

 Jerry's father is also interested in atomic energy. Say, what kind of rockets is he designing?

 This caption speaks for itself: "Jerry and Kathy asked many questions about the U-2." Of course most were not answered and the DOD needed to take them away for questioning later but that is another coloring book :)

Friday, February 23, 2018

Exploring God's World (1965)

A rare and infamous pamphlet about God's place in space exploration. It has some very nice color drawings and some text that captures one aspect of what 1965 in the United States was like.

Jauncey, James H. Illustrated by Tom Eaglin. Exploring God’s World. Cincinnati, OH: Standard Publishing. (32 p.) 22 cm. Paperback. 1965

IT. Primary/secondary. Color paintings. Discusses God’s place in space flight, exploration of the solar system, undersea exploration, and man’s destiny to use and protect the earth. Illustrations of rockets, space suits, Moon and Mars exploration. No. 2586.

From the introductory section: "Man Voyages Into Space."

I like the large variety of spacecraft that seem to be traveling between Earth and Mars
 I also like this very cheerful illustration of a "space port" where anyone can book their ticket to Mars.
 This rationale for why the United States must go to space first is interesting. Since this was aimed at junior high school students it makes a very specific point about "evil."
 This illustration is just silly, it is not clear whether they are on the Moon, Pluto, Mars or wherever.
 The pamphlet ends with ways American can choose to use the oceans, including evidently undersea drilling and pumping of oil.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Summer Edition: My Weekly Reader July 13 (1964)

Once again I dig up an old Weekly Reader for your pleasure. This is the Summer Edition "D" from July 13, 1964.

Even though My Weekly Reader was normally handed out in school you could subscribe to a summer subscription so you would get mail over the summer. I think "D" edition was for 4th graders. The issues were much lighter in news and content but always good for a few minutes of entertainment.

 So here we had a crossword puzzle where you had to identify the objects and fill up the puzzle. I have started it for you :) so it shouldn't be too hard.

If you are still having trouble, here are the answers:

There was also a little "space news" in the issue in the form of another puzzle:

Hope you enjoyed this little treat.