World Dolls Series: France
Bonjour! We’ve hopped across the channel to France in our World Dolls Series tour.
Illustrations for this edition are by Janet Meeson from the Birmingham School of Design.
Are guides for this tour are Marie & Pierre – resplendent in their traditional costumes.
A bit of gentle sun on our faces – we’re all relaxed and mellow – so the large shillelagh stick to keep order on the coach that…
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World Dolls Series: Scotland
This week we’re touring Scotland in our World Dolls Series of books.
There are twelve little books in the series. We’ve managed to get hold of them all, so we can do quite a comprehensive tour of Europe now.
Our doll guides for this trip are Andrew & Sheena – sporting their national costumes which they wear for high days & holidays (jeans & T-shirt the rest of the week!)
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World Dolls Series: England
So here’s England – the first of those World Dolls Series posts we mentioned last week.
These illustrations are by C. Jones from the Birmingham School of Design.
Each book has doll-like characters to show you round their country – it’s George & Elizabeth taking us on the tour of England.
We start in the capital…
…with some classic landmarks.
We just love the depiction of this busy…
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Here’s a quick follow up to our recent blog post about vintage American road maps.
A few days after we bought them, we also picked up this lovely little Ladybird book.
It’s from the Flight series - this one being, “Flight Three - U.S.A - A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure”.
This is a first edition, published in 1959.
Alison & John take a trip to the U.S.A where Dad sometimes goes on business trips.
They land in New York and spend a week there - then hire a car and take a a road trip.
As with most Ladybirds from this era, the illustrations are fabulous.
Other destinations in the series include Australia, Canada, Africa, India and The Holy Land.
If we ever manage to do an American road trip in a vintage camper van (or lovely, shiny Airstream!), we’ll have lots of vintage travel ephemera to accompany us… we suspect there might have been a few changes!
We bought this trio of ‘wide-eyed children’ prints this week - a bit of classic 1950s kitsch.
We often buy Tretchikoff prints from this era, but don’t normally go for images quite this cutesy.
They were such good examples of the type though - and they do certainly have their fans… Red or Dead founder, Wayne Hemingway famously. Check out his book on the subject, Above The Mantelpiece: Mass-Market Masterpieces
The artist of these three is Dallas Simpson. Simpson moved with her husband in the mid 1960’s from London to live in a mobile home in West Sussex by the sea. She had no children of her own and her husband used to prime either her canvases or more often she painted on board.
She was a prolific artist of big eyed urchin children and she used to sell the originals and reproduction rights as long as payment was immediate, to fund her simple life and her beloved gin.
She painted under a number of pseudonyms including Emma Louise and Kelita with a subtle change of style in the painting but with the same subject matter. (biographical information taken from Felix Rosenstiel´s Widow & Son Ltd).
All three are in excellent condition with original frames. So if you’re a fan, drop us an email and we’ll give you first refusal before they go into our pitch or listed on our website.
If you’re a fan of this genre and would like to do a bit more investigating, other artists in the genre include Maio, Lee, Betty Raphael and Margaret Keane.
These were an interesting little buy last week.
A group of three vintage handmade toy houses.
They’re constructed of ply around a solid block of wood - then painted.
We’re not sure when they date from, although they obviously have a bit of age - 1940s/50s probably.
We love these naive toys and folk art.
Probably made by dad or grandad for a young child… very sweet!
The new shop department
we’ve been promising is up & running. Childs Play
has a mixture of traditional toys & games…
…and furniture such as desks, chairs and blackboards.
Here’s our most recent acquisition - a fab 1960s cot.
So come check us out - we’re adding new items all the time!