I have a few Christmas reposts for you, some favorites of mine that are turning into a yearly tradition here. I hope that you enjoy them and don't mind the repost. Click on the link under each picture to go to that post.
Today's Christmas book is vintage, but was not written for children, though I'm sure some kids would enjoy looking at the pictures. In A Book of Christmas, William Sansom looks at the history, customs and traditions of Christmas around the world.
Pollock's Toy Theatre, hand colored, 1834
Christmas Eve at the Wandsbecker Schloss 1796
From Hollyleaves of 1894, Interlude at the Twelfth Night Table
The Christmas Tree, from a painting by E. Osborn, 1864
Title page of Der Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffman
Santa arriving by boat at Bondi Beach, Sydney
Christmas display of toys at Heal's store in London
A Polish szopka carried by children singing carols. It's placed on a bench support and used as the background for a puppet Nativity play. This particular one was based on tower motifs from Cracow.
A poster for the Christmas number of The Century showing a romaticized Father Christmas figure of the period. Designed by Louis John Rhead in 1895.
Illustration by John Leech from Charle's Dicken's A Christmas Carol
A Book of Christmas
By William Sansom
McGraw Hill Book Co., 1968
Today's vintage children's Christmas book, At Christmastime, is unique. Unique because of it's approach and color scheme, medium used (woodcut) and because it is a book of Christmas poetry. Written by Valerie Worth and illustrated by Antonio Frasconi, At Christmastime is a special book and a lovely addition to anyone's collection of Christmas books.
Don't forget to click on the pics for a larger image.
To read a previous post on Antonio Frasconi, click here.
Poetry by Valerie Worth
Pictures by Antonio Frasconi
Harper Collins Publishers, 1992
Today's vintage children's Christmas book, The Twelve Days of Christmas, is
from 1972. This classic Christmas song is ramped up with Brian Wildsmith's colorful and exuberant illustrations.
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Illustrated by Brian Wildsmith
Originally published Oxford University Press, 1972
This edition published by The Millbrook Press, 1995
Today's vintage Christmas children's book is Christmas Is A Time of Giving,
written and illustrated by Joan Walsh Anglund. This small (4" x 6") and charming book from 1961 has Anglund's pen and ink drawings and trademark children. I like the vignette type illustrations in this book, very fitting for a book of this size.
Christmas Is A Time of Giving
By Joan Walsh Anglund
Harcourt, Brace & World, 1961
I came across these great silk screened Christmas cards by Alice and Martin Provensen on ebay. A successful husband and wife team, Martin and Alice Provensen illustrated many children's books over a long career in their distinctive and popular style. To read about the Provensen's, click here. All images are via ebay seller bview26.
Today's vintage children's picture book is another goodie illustrated by Philippe Fix, whose lush and highly detailed illustrations enhance Alexander and the Magic Mouse. I can't imagine any child not wanting to read a book about a older woman who keeps house with an alligator from China, a yak, a Brindle London Squatting cat and a Magical Mouse!
Great vantage point on the above illustration. To view a previous posting I did on The Book of Giant Stories, illustrated by Philippe Fix, click here. There is a little bit of information about Fix, all I've been able to find to date.
Alexander and the Magic Mouse
By Martha Sanders
Pictures by Philippe Fix
American Heritage Press, 1969
Weekly Reader Children's Book Club Edition