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Alice in Wonderland Painting Book – Pages 3, 4 & 5

One might think this blog should be called B is for Book. I am working on several quilt projects now and should have photos soon — including a mourning doll quilt suggested by Kathi — sort of a strange idea, but I like it. Anyway, these Alice images actually are quilt related since I have…

The Alice in Wonderland Painting Book

This Platt & Munk book is not dated and no illustrator is credited, but I am sure it is quite old. It’s smallish (about 7″ x 10″) and printed on very heavy stock. There are only 12 pages, the first 9 of which have been colored with wax crayons. It’s a very laborious process to…

John Martin’s Book–March, 1927

Because I am still working on the embroidered Christmas quilt top, the Baby Doll quilt top and the latest Ann Champion block, I don’t have any photos right now — hopefully very soon, though. While we’re waiting for me to finish something, here are some cute illustrations from one of my old copies of John…

Big Big Paint Book — 1936

This is the largest coloring book I own — 492 pages and only a few are colored.  Coloring books from the 30s and 40s rarely have a theme, and the drawings are usually done by several different artists.  It seems like Whitman and other publishers would just combine a group of pages by various artists,…

Favorite Paint Book — Little Girls

This is one of my very favorite vintage paint/coloring books — I love the subject and the style of the drawings by Mary Alice Stoddard. The best pictures are of boys and girls doing everyday activities — like quilting! Because there are 20 girls and 20 boys, you could make two darling little quilts. I…

A to Z by Peter Mabie – 1929

This is one of the best alphabet books I’ve ever seen — a 1929 Art Deco ABC book by the fabulous Peter Mabie. I don’t own this one (it’s prohibitively expensive), but over the past year I have slowly managed to find photos of the inside pages on library and auction sites. Because I know…

Vintage Mother Goose Paint Book Pages

These are pages from a late 1930s paint book.  The 128 pages appear to be drawn by several illustrators, which was not usual in these very old coloring books. I think these Mother Goose pages have a unique and interesting style. Of course, I was also thinking they would make wonderful quilt blocks, but I…

John Martin’s Book – October, 1926

I love everything about these old magazines — the stories, illustrations and advertisements are all charming.  40¢ seems expensive for 1926, but they are pretty wonderful — more like a soft-bound book than a magazine.  This one is just a little larger than a National Geographic magazine — my copies from the 1930s are larger…