How about some more Little Golden Book goodness? I've been meaning to scan this for months now. Finally found some time to do it. And it's a beaut:
Uncle Wiggily, by Howard R. Garis. Pictures by Mel Crawford. 1953.
Let's just say that Mel Crawford is THE MAN. This is a fantastic LGB, with gorgeous illustrations by Mel. One of my favorite children's books in my collection. Oh, and yes, this is the book that I'm holding in my icon image over there on the right.
For the record, Mel Crawford is still alive and doing well. He's got a blog, even.
Here's his official site: MelCrawford.com.
He's listed on this site for Little Golden Books illustrators: Collecting Little Golden Books: Illustrators - Authors.
One thing I noticed on this book is that there are a great deal of two-page spreads. This gives the book a greater sense of landscape and wider scope. Like the film industry's push to go wide screen in the '50's with Cinescope and Cinerama to attract more viewers, I almost get the sense that Mel was doing the same here in this book. Notice how almost all of the pages are two-page spreads -- it opens the book up considerably. (I know that these 400 pixel wide images don't do it justice. I'm allowing larger downloads of these pages for a short while on my Flickr. Just click on the images below and then click on "All Sizes" right above each image to get the full effect.)
I love how he went completely yellow for the main background color, instead of white. Nice overall tone here.
This is the last page. Lovely stuff. What a jolly guy.
Here's the full endpapers for Uncle Wiggily. In excellent condition. Well, I should say that I Photoshopped out the name that was written there on the left. Thought that everyone should get a nice glimpse of this artwork. Not sure who did this, but it's wonderful.
I've started up a new Flickr set: My LGB's. I'll be adding more to this set shortly. Stay tuned.
And oh, yes. I have to plug my Flickr group once more...if you like this sort of stuff, definitely check out The Retro Kid.