Golden Guides

art, Environment, Photo Journal, vintage, vintage books, vintage illustration, vintage shop

The Golden Guides, originally Golden Nature Guides, were a series of 160-page, pocket-sized books created by Western Publishing and published under their “Golden Press” line (primarily a children’s book imprint) starting in 1949. 

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These books were written by experts in their field and illustrated in a simple straightforward style. Intended for primary and secondary school level readers, the first books were field guides illustrated by James Gordon Irving.

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Packed with information, maps, charts and beautiful photographs.

Golden Guides are collectible and make great gifts for nature lovers.

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You can purchase Vintage Golden Guides on both of my Etsy sites.  Links Below.

Blackwell Habitat

Blackwell Habitat Books

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A Piñata for Every Ocassion

Craft DIY, vintage, vintage books

I am obsessed with Mexico, it’s true!

We are taking our second trip to Mexico City at the end of this month and so in that spirit I thought I’d share some pics I snapped from this vintage Piñata book that I sold in my Etsy shop a few months back.

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“A piñata is a container often made of papier-mâché, pottery, or cloth; it is decorated, and filled with small toys or candy, or both, and then broken as part of a ceremony or celebration. Piñatas are commonly associated with Mexico.”
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First, I love this gorgeous font and all of the details!

The book was published in 1966 and was very well researched.  Discussed in detail the history of Piñatas, both Spanish and Mexican traditions.  It also included detailed instructions on how to make piñatas with charming illustrations. 

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My favorite two Piñata figures were the Witch and Santa (below) simply because of the smiles the illustrator stuck on their faces.

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The copy I had of this has sold, but a quick google search will reveal available copies in the universe usually at reasonable prices.  My hope is to find another copy in the wild that is in better condition.  I wanted to capture some of the images inside for inspiration down the road when I’m looking for a DIY project.

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If you’re interested in Vintage Books like this, give my Etsy Shops a quick visit!

blackwellhabitat.etsy.com  

Blackwell Habitat Books

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See photos from my last Mexico City trip HERE.