Saturday, January 07, 2012

The Rocket Book

"The upward progress of a rocket,
lit in the basement by the janitor's son,
causes some strange situations as it
passes through 20 floors of apartments!"



Illustrated children's book : The Rocket Book (cover)




Illustrated children's book : The Rocket Book 1912 b



Illustrated children's book : The Rocket Book 1912 i



Illustrated children's book : The Rocket Book 1912 g



Illustrated children's book : The Rocket Book 1912 s



Illustrated children's book : The Rocket Book 1912 m



Illustrated children's book : The Rocket Book 1912 v



Illustrated children's book : The Rocket Book 1912 w



Illustrated children's book : The Rocket Book 1912 a



Illustrated children's book : The Rocket Book 1912


American artist and author, Peter Newell (1862-1924), established his credentials providing humorous illustrations for famous magazines and newspapers in the last two decades of the 19th century.

Newell also illustrated popular books by other authors (Twain and Carroll, for instance) and wrote and illustrated a series of his own children's books. These latter works proved fairly influential and tended to revolve around a single theme (or perhaps, gimmick). The 'Topsys & Turvys' series could be viewed right way up or upside down; 'The Hole Book' had an actual physical hole through all its pages and 'The Rocket Book', above, features the recurring sight of a rocket flying through each illustrated scene.

8 comments:

Kelly Robinson said...

The taxidermist working on the walrus head is a gem!

peacay said...

Yeah, that made me do a double-take when I first started flicking through the book.

joycorcoranstudio.com said...

Thanks for posting this charming book! It made my day.

MrCachet said...

I also did a double-take on that one. I immediately started looking in MY head for an animal that could be substituted so that the rocket came out of its mouth.

thedivingbells said...

Oh, he's a taxidermist!
I thought "Walrus. It's what's for dinner?"

Migs said...

I hadn't come across 'The Rocket Book' so thanks for that. Working for Tara I'm very familiar with Peter Newell's 'Slant Book' though. Have you seen it?

https://www.tarabooks.com/books/?product_search=slant+book

Maegan

Sojourn Safaris said...

Thats a walrus head with the tusks. I was looking at them as horns and God knows i have tried to identify an animal with backward slunted horns and one with head that is usually eaten for dinner with the husband cutting it open with a knife...Lol..I admit it.. i really im d....

Karla said...

The rocket unerringly finds the site of the most action. I follow the crowd in particularly liking the walrus (thedivingbells beat me to the punch line there).

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