Friday, April 20, 2018

Child Life "Rocket to the Moon" (May 1951)

Child Life was one of the earlier magazines intended just for children that started in 1926 and survived until 2007.

This May 1951 article on a "Rocket to the Moon" is a fun early article for children about space flight. It is illustrated with photographs from the film "Destination Moon" which came out in 1950. A very imaginative way to illustrate this short piece of non-fiction.

This seems from the exhibit at the Hayden Planetarium but the posters don't match (just the travel desk motif)

Friday, April 13, 2018

Rockets, Satellites and Space Travel (1958)

I spend a lot of time being excited to show people books that I have never seen before, but that leaves out those of you who aren't familiar with the best of the space books. So here is definitely a greatest hit!

Coggins, Jack, Pratt, Fletcher, and Ley, Willy. Illustrated by Coggins, Jack. Rockets, Satellites, and Space Travel. New York: Random House. (64 p.) 29 cm. Illustrated Boards. 1958

An updating of Coggins and Pratt. "Rockets, Jets, Guided Missiles, and Space Ships” (1951). Much of the text is the same tracing the history of rockets and planning for an expedition to the Moon. The updating includes discussions of artificial satellites research and the US and Russian launches of satellites. It also updates discussion of the Moon trip and atomic powered rockets. There are several added painting of Moon landers, a round space station and satellites. See 1951 1st edition here:

 This chart (and the book itself) lays out an ambitious plan for future exploration. It is amazing how much had changed in the 7 years since the 1991 first edition.
 Jack Coggins was a renowned artist, especially of hardware so his paintings are very unique.

 I like the 1950s hi-fi gear and basic electronics against the background of orbiting the earth.
 A "tricked-out" space station with all the extras (solar, television, work space, man-cave etc.)

 A re-used painting from the 1951 edition, almost like an airliner in space, to circle the Moon

 A much revised moonlander.
 This painting of explorers on (Titan?) is a great combination of Bonestell and Coggins' own imagination

 A superior Mars-buggy for the modern explorer

Friday, April 6, 2018

Motorways of the Future (1962)

Motorways of the future. Moscow. 248 p. 22 cm. 1962

This seems to be part of the family of Russian books I have found about transportation in the future.  It is not a children's book but does have some very imaginative illustrations.

 The prize space painting in the book is this surrealistic view of the underside of a moon lander (or moon base on legs?)

 The painting may be an illustration of the ships in this diagram.
 Beautiful cars and roads of the future
 Flying belts
 Canals and trains everywhere
 A history of ships with the latest in the lead
Thar be whales here Capt...

Friday, March 30, 2018

The Adventures of Space Bunny (1958)

I often have a Xmas post each year, this year it is my first Easter post!

This coloring book is rather generic except it is unique to me about how some animals decided to explore space.

The Adventures of Space Bunny. Akron, Ohio: Saalfield Publishing Co. 22 pp. 1958  #2051

In the interest of truth in advertising it is actually the adventures of space bunny AND mouse since you should always travel with a buddy.

 In this age of Sputnik you can read a book of spaceship designs and find the one you need.

 One must carefully plan your supplies for the trip although it look like eggs were not part of the plan (sorry for the Easter letdown).
 The big breakthrough was in helmet design allowing the ears to retain function in vacuum
 I appreciate the innovative design that eliminates a hatch, instead of making the entire floor the door

 The mastery of orbital dynamics and speed of flight makes a direct ballistic path to the Moon the least complicated one available.
Their interactions with the Moon natives is classified so we will have to leave them out at this time.  Happy Easter/Spring/delayed equinox to all!