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1942 Animal Paint Book – Part 7

I am finally finishing cleaning up the scans from the Animal Paint Book. These are over-sized pages and do not fit on my scanner, so I took the book apart and ran them through our copier at school and e-mailed them to myself as a pdf. I thought this was so clever until I opened…

1945 French Coloring Book

This is a little coloring book (6″ x 8″) with only 14 pages — with the exception of page yellowing, it is in perfect condition. Linda Lou’s daddy might have bought this for her in France while he was waiting to be shipped home at the end of the war. My father was in France…

More Happy Hour Paint Book

I have finished stitching 4 more circus blocks, and should get them sashed and posted tomorrow. In the meantime, I thought I would share some more illustrations from this old coloring book. Most of my coloring books from the 1930’s are very different from the other decades — they don’t have an overall theme and…

The Happy Hour Paint Book

This coloring book was published by Whitman in 1934 and the binding is falling apart. Fortunately, all of the pages are intact — although some of them are colored in, they are neatly done. I love so many of the illustrations in this book — there are lots of simple designs that are very unusual…

The Book of ABC

Since “Y is for Yak” is not finished, I thought I would post one of my vintage picture books. I love to collect ABC, nursery rhyme and fairy tale “linenette” books, mostly from the 1940’s. The books have heavy-weight, textured pages and are usually pretty thin, with around 12 pages although some have as many…

Vintage ABC Coloring Book

For some time now I have wanted to make an alphabet quilt. Although I own several vintage commercial ABC applique and embroidery patterns, they just haven’t inspired me. So, I bought a few vintage ABC coloring books on ebay — some of the drawings are very cute, but this one I love. It’s unusual because…

1942 Animal Paint Book — Part 5

The Animal Paint Book characters are in the mood for spring — and so am I.  Friday is my day off and it’s supposed to reach 70 degrees today. The garden beds need lots of work, but I’ll probably just end up stitching instead.

1942 Animal Paint Book – Part 4

This should be about half of the book now. I think there are a few in this group (together with some others) that would make good Day of the Week towels, but I always want to make everything into a quilt — or occasionally a pillow. These remind me of vintage embroidery transfers, although I…

1942 Animal Paint Book – Part 3

If anyone stitches one of these little paint book animals, please let me know. I would love to see one completed. I am going to make quilt blocks, but I haven’t come up with a plan yet. I’d like to try them with one or two appliqued elements on each block. Animal Paint Book Whitman…

1942 Animal Paint Book – Part 2

I was going to add lots more of these today, but it took longer than expected to scan and clean them up. The pages are so dark and many have stains and mildew on them. It’s my spring break starting today — I am looking forward to a week of enjoyable embroidery and quilting.

1942 Animal Paint Book

This is such a cute book and I think the drawings are perfect for embroidery.  The book is very tall, and includes a colored picture at the top of each page suggesting how you should paint your picture. It seems strange to me now, but when I was young I had a very “stay in…