I was able to photograph some of the things I took to Salvage before they sold (one was sold at the show, and the rest were sold in my InstaSale!) This was one of my favorite little collections, but after some thought, I realized I have TOO many collections, so I needed to let go of this relatively small one. Books are hard because they are hard to display and just end up in a cabinet or on a shelf. I felt like I got to enjoy them for a bit and through these photos, I can enjoy them forever. : ) (I've actually already shared two of the books here on the blog here and here.)
I love the idea of these little books as an extended version of greeting cards! I don't buy greeting cards for the most part, so I'm not sure they make these still. I'm thinking no. Definitely not with such gorgeous illustrations! I love the small size. I looked up a lot of the illustrators of these books as well as ones I've found on Etsy and Ebay made by Hallmark, American Greetings, etc. (Anne Jaeschke, Marilyn Conklin, Alice Ann Biggerstaff, Linda Welty to name a few) but was sadly unable to uncover much about them!
I noticed that a lot of the illustrations are in a similar style, some so similar I was surprised to see different names attributed as illustrator. There seemed to be a similar style across the board with the different publishers. I guess the style was just a trend at that time! I absolutely adore the chalky pastel colors, the painterly look of some, and the gorgeous black handdrawn line art of others.
And the handlettering! Oh the look of handlettering. So lovely. (Look closely... no typefaces used!) I'm sure things are too fast-faced these days in the greeting card world to do a lot of handlettering. Who knows... handlettering seems to be making a big comeback elsewhere in the design world.
I love all of the sweet sentiments. And hello. I want that canopy bed!
I think this one below is my favorite. Although not in my usual favorite 60s groovy look with bright colors, it's got more of a 70s Holly Hobbie vibe which hits close to home for me as a Hollie Hobbie lovin' girl in the late 70s myself. The illustrations are really gorgeous. And the birthday sentiments are darling... I'm personally a fan of the "happy chore-postponing, happy age-forgetting and happy diet-ignoring" ones!
Since I came up empty-handed in my research of these illustrators, I decided to take matters into my own hands and do more sleuthing. I took it to the head-honchos. I will let you know if anything comes of it! I sure hope so! : )
On a more somber note, i've been having such a hard time keeping my mind off what's happening in South Korea the past few days. That coupled with the horror of the missing plane, that part of the world is suffering so badly - it breaks my heart. Sometimes it's easy to pull the "out of sight, out of mind" card when we live in such a big world. Sometimes it's too painful to dwell on bad things happening in other parts of the world.