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Archive for May, 2007

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Eating spaghetti

Posted in Absurd on Thursday, 31 May 2007

Italian restaurant (illustration, picture: Philip Mendoza)

This is one of Philip Mendoza’s brilliant illustrations for the Town and Country Mouse series that appeared in Once Upon a Time. The original artwork, from which the picture is reproduced, is substantially larger than the picture in the magazine.

Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah

Posted in Bible on Thursday, 31 May 2007

Sodom and Gomorrah (picture, illustration: James E McConnell)

This is one of the fabulous illustrations that appeared in The Bible Story, a short-lived companion publication to Look and Learn. The artist is James E McConnell and the picture is reproduced from the original artwork.

Animal heroes: Wonderful Wendy

Posted in Adventure, Dogs on Thursday, 31 May 2007

Wonderful Dog Wendy (illustration, picture: Robert Brook)

Wendy was just twelve months old when the R.S.P.C.A. found her a good home with the Bolding family of Weymouth, Dorset. She was a friendly little dog, but extremely nervous. Nine-year-old Nigel Bolding took her for walks, so that she would get to know her new surroundings and become used to the busy roads and traffic.

One day, in February 1966, Nigel and Wendy were exploring the heathland at Bowleaze Cove when Nigel slipped down a steep bank and fell into a quagmire at the bottom. Wendy was panic-stricken and barked with fear as the treacherous mud slowly sucked poor Nigel down. Soon only his head and shoulders could be seen …

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What’s wrong with this picture?

Posted in Puzzle on Wednesday, 30 May 2007

What's wrong with this picture? (illustration)

Exercise your brain with this puzzle from 1965, here reproduced from the original artwork.

Animal heroes: Greyfriars Bobby and Old Jock

Posted in Animals, Dogs on Tuesday, 29 May 2007

Greyfriars Bobby and Old Jock (illustration, picture: John Millar Watt)

Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye terrier. His coat was slate-grey and silver and he had the hardiness acquired by those of his breed who, like himself, were born on the heather-clad Scottish hills.

Bobby had devotedly attached himself to Auld Jock, a shepherd, a man about whom nothing was known, except his fondness for Bobby. The two of them came into Edinburgh one market day in the year 1858, and never returned to the hills, for Auld Jock fell ill and died in the city. Such was Bobby’s devotion to the old man that he refused to leave him even after the funeral. For the next fourteen years Bobby slept on Auld Jock’s grave almost every night, and nothing could persuade him to leave. His lonely vigil became known throughout Scotland, and even Queen Victoria, when at Balmoral, asked for news of the brave little Skye terrier. He was made a Freeman of the City of Edinburgh and was given a collar with a small metal plate inscribed: Greyfriars Bobby. From the Lord Provost, 1867. Licensed.

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Christ removing the money lenders

Posted in Bible on Monday, 28 May 2007

Jesus Christ removing money lenders (illustration: James E McConnell)

This is one of the fabulous illustrations that appeared in The Bible Story, a short-lived companion publication to Look and Learn. The artist is James E McConnell.

Michaelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel

Posted in Art, Bible on Monday, 28 May 2007

Michaelangelo painting Sistine Chapel (illustration: Jack Hayes)

This is one of the fabulous illustrations that appeared in The Bible Story, a short-lived companion publication to Look and Learn. The artist is Jack Hayes, well-known as the illustrator of an Oxford University Press children’s Bible from the 1960s.

AA Patrol Man

Posted in Britain in the 60s on Sunday, 27 May 2007

AA Patrol Man (illustration, picture)

This is from the series ‘People You See’ which appeared in Teddy Bear magazine in the early 1960s.

Fishing under a full moon

Posted in Absurd on Sunday, 27 May 2007

Brer Rabbit Fishing (illustration: Virginio Livraghi)

This is one of the wonderful Brer Rabbit illustrations from Once Upon a Time, here painted by Virginio Livraghi.

Flower show

Posted in Absurd on Saturday, 26 May 2007

Flower Show (illustration, picture: Philip Mendoza)

Appropriate to the week of the Chelsea Flower Show, here is a wonderful picture by Philip Mendoza that originally appeared in Once Upon a Time magazine.