Friday, January 12, 2018

Hombres En La Luna (1970)

This lovely oddity seems to be a book for Argentinian  publisher Editorial Sigmar (Buenos Aires), that was perhaps translated from a Japanese book.  

Hombres En La Luna. Tetsushi Okamoto and Kenya Murano. Illustrations by takashi Yorimitsu. Gakken Co. Ltd, Tokio. 32 p. 29 cm. 1970.

 I really like this fanciful illustrations of what you could do if you were on the moon.

 And as usual there are some nice paintings of what our future moon base, and moon, Mars, and Venus exploration was going to look like.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Respond Martians (1976)

Respond Martians. By  Klushancev. USSR. 1976

This is a reprint/updating of a 1968  Russian book I have blogged about before in 2015.

Our understanding of Mars changed a lot  in that short time so this book updated the illustrations and added some photographs of new probes.

 A very nice stylized moon base.

 Russians Mars Program

 Mars 2 probe   (landed/impacted on Mars November  27, 1971)

Friday, December 22, 2017

Your 1958 Shell Fertilizer Coloring Book (1958)

This is my Xmas posting but you may wonder what fertilizer has to do with space flight and children (and Xmas for that matter).

Your 1958 Shell Fertilizer  Coloring Book (1958)

Shell Chemical Corp was interested in appearing "space age" in their approach to customer sales. They created this coloring book and a  1958 calendar to "cash in" on Sputnik and the new fad for space flight.  Don't believe me, here is their fertilizer mascot as a Sputnik:

The coloring book was addressed to children but had a message for parents inside. I don't know at what event it was handed out or maybe it was from your local farm chemical dealer (P.S. for you non-science types NH3 is "ammonia".)

What really attracted me was the amazing "space age" illustrations of our farming future. From the cover they thought the future was 198*. This future even included using rockets and flying saucers to care for and gather the crops. The delightful details  make it a real "moment in time."  And of course look for Santa at the end.

 Factory farming at its height

 I love this futuristic house.
 Cattle ranching will be different in the future too. Maybe locating your cows by radar?
 I don't know what they are sending up in those rockets but I am sure it is safe :)

 I am not exactly sure what they are doing with that tree, but it extends WAY UP into the saucer

 Santa appears on the last page, no particular reason why.  

I know they also used these 12 illustrations in a 1958 calendar since I found a few images of the color illustrations they used. Happy holidays and have a great 2018!