Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Funny Book Cover of the Week

Well this is one interesting book, that's for certain. I wish I had a copy so I could figure out why it's really named this. I don't think it has to do with cigarettes. What a strange title.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

My Collages

I've been creating collages since August of this year. For my projects, I use old books with unusual illustrations and graphics found in science books, medical books and encyclopedias as well as old children's books. A couple of them are for sale on Etsy.com.
Here are a few I've created.

Voices and Instruments

Icarus Meets Atlantis

Oscillations (SOLD)

Bernhardt Mulls Medicine


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Funny Book Cover of the Week

Make your own Casket Sarcophagus!
Times are tough. Save money any way you can.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Watafak | Diseño Gráfico » Guion consulta

Creative and wonderful typography piece - you just have to see it for yourself.

Funny Book Cover of the Week

Well, okay, it's a comic but still...


explanation needed,



Unusual and Rare German Metal Art Nouveau Book


Fine & Rare Books Maps & Prints


has in its latest catalogue a fantastic and unusual book of cookery for sale.

Quote from the catalogue:
The ‘smallest cookery book in the world’ (at least that is what the title says!): Very decorative miniature cookery book (approx. 1 in square), containing over 100 recipes in German for all kinds of soups, meats, pastries, fish, vegetables, sauces, salads, etc. Reading requires a magnifying glass!
No place, no publisher, no date, but ca. 1905 [19594]
24 x 22 mm. 136pp. Original silver binding, floral Art Nouveau cover decoration, clasp and ring for chain.

Yours for a mere £650
- about $1,250 US dollars.

Very unusual and ever so tiny, I'm really surprised that it's survived for over 100 years without having been lost. Someone must have really cherished this lovely little work of art.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Tuesday book finds

At the last minute yesterday (by book hunting standards - as many book hunting nooks and crannies close at 4:59 pm sharp) I jumped in my book hunting jalopy and went over to a regular haunt.
I clamored over to the bookshelves in the far corner. The first thing that caught my eye was a funny booklet, Is Satan Real? A two lesson presentation telling who Satan is and how to defeat him. Everyone needs this book in their collection and I was certainly no exception. I was hoping to find a way to keep Satan at bay when I was cruising thrift stores. This book will help me no doubt. Just look at the cover of this - guaranteed to scare the crap out of little kids. There's a sword held at the kid's neck, for crying out loud! Satan, put that sword away!

Grasping my great find, courtesy of Satan, in my left arm, I bent down scanning through the books. The same books that I saw a few days ago at this location were staring at me again: Danielle Steele, Nora Roberts, What to Expect When You're Expecting, The DaVinci Code - the usual cringe inducing, popular writers and titles. On the top shelf, I spotted a brown book that resembled a high school yearbook from the 1950's. I was half right. It was from the 1950's - 1957 to be exact, and had a cover with a raised picture of a girl and boy gazing up fondly at their mother, who was wisely holding an open book. A high school yearbook it wasn't. The book was The Young Mothers Study Club.

I flipped through the pages and saw plenty of great illustrations, some very funny - like these:

which can only lead us to....

Miltown - the miracle 1950's drug that due to its tranquilizing effect kept many a weary overworked mother from beating her kids into godly submission.
But I digress. (And might I interject here that I added the text to the picture of the distressed mother). For heaven's sake, get that woman a Miltown!

Score! Filled with hilarious, typical 50's illustrations of frustrated mothers, pissy children and the occasional question posed to Daddy such as, "Why do you plant seeds, Daddy?" Certainly a must have among 50's clipart and illustration collectors. And yours for apparently only $34.99 on Amazon. Over at ABE, 5 copies are available with the cheapest being a little less than 6 clams.
I doubt there's a high demand for this book, but if you find one, grab it. It will keep you giggling for hours.
I'll keep mine for nostalgia's sake.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Funny Book Cover of the week

I'm not really ƒure just what needs to be explained about farting. Everybody does it. Even Benjamin Franklin, who trumpets his pride in ƒhooting the breeze in a compelling and attention graƒping book, Fart Proudly.
And proudly we ƒhould.