Sunday, May 30, 2021

A Wonder-Book, 1929


My mother-in-law found this book about three years ago at a flea market. Florida or New Jersey? I'm not sure anymore.  She has good instincts about what I like, and this was no exception. 

The surprise when I opened the book:

An early work of illustration by Fern Bisel Peat! Of course, Peat was not a contemporary of Nathaniel Hawthorne; this is a reprint of his work from 1851, in which he re-imagined Greek myths for children. The Saalfield Publishing Company reissued his work with Peat's lovely illustrations in 1929. 

"Children possess an unestimated sensibility to whatever is deep or high, in imagination or feeling, so long as it is simple, likewise. It is only the artificial and the complex that bewilder them." -- Nathaniel Hawthorne, Lenox, July 15, 1851.

from The Miraculous Pitcher

from The Three Golden Apples

from The Golden Touch

from The Gorgon's Head

from The Paradise of Children

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Get well paper doll greeting card, ca. 1930s

To a little girl who is ill

If I were your
little dolly
I'd put my bed by yours,
And plan the fun 
that we will have
When we can get
out doors.