Saturday, December 29, 2007

Vintage Coca Cola

Occasionally, when you buy a lot of books, you have to take unopened boxes. In one such set of phenomenally heavy boxes recently I found piles of bound copies of The National Geographic from the 1920s-40s. The National Geographic is a bookseller's nightmare. No one will buy them. I haven't even been able to give them away. Any yet, there is something so, so wonderful about them, the fantastic vintage advertising, the photography, the whiff of adventure that accompanies the mustiness of the pages... it's a hard-hearted person indeed who can throw them away. Nonetheless, after I've finished going through them, that's what I will have to do.

I expect there will be much more from The National Geographic in the next little while.

PS. John C. I wondered exactly the same thing about the Capri cover, but nonetheless, how wonderfully like a 1970's gay porn star he looks! The Museum in York with the Victorian Streets re-created is the York Castle Museum. It is truely wonderful and one of the best museums I've ever been to (I went as a child and went again on this last visit). Papanine, I don't know if you will pop back to this blog at all but thank you for commenting on the old post about Willard Price. If you do see this then Ebay is a good place to find cheap readable copies of the Adventure books for your kids. There will be more Willard Price presently. Nicolas, I shall be emailing soon I promise.

1 comment:

John C said...

I love old National Geographics, ever since I was given a load from the Fifties when I was about 11 or 12. I was also fascinated by the ads, especially for the cars: lavish full-page pictures of befinned Cadillacs presented like Tiffany jewels. Many illustrators I've met in the past used NGs for source material (as have I); nowadays I imagine bland stock photography has taken over that role.

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