Thursday, January 15, 2009

Vintage Thingies Thursday – Three Book Illustrations

For today’s vintage subject I’d like to share three framed illustrations from a book
titled 'A Talking Book- The First Christmas Morning' story by Minnie Lake. Narrator Frank Phillips. Illustrations by John Mansbridge; Music by Leslie Bridgewater; Produced by Nicholas Sandor; A TPL production in cooperation with Religious Films Ltd., London. Trade Distributors Horace Marshall & Son LTD Temple House, Temple Avenue London. 1948.

I bought these three prints from the book in 2005 from an eBay dealer in England. The frames were bought at Michaels.

The first print is "Mary, Newborn Jesus, Joseph, Shepherds." In the center we see Mary with the reclining Babe in arms, and Joseph nearby. On the left are shepherds and a lamb, and on the right an ox, donkey and sheep.

The second print shows "Joseph Welcoming Three Kings." In the left foreground we see an animated Joseph at door motioning the three visitors to come in.

The third print is "Angel Announces Jesus Under Star." Here the Angel under the Star announces Jesus’ birth to shepherds in field with their flock.

I enjoy the composition of the illustrations. They each provide a fresh view of the nativity story.

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  1. What wonderful illustrations, it makes the scenes come alive. As always, I so enjoy your post. So lovely.

    Mr. Linky was down...not my error..LOL. I linked you in for this week.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Wow! Those turned out great! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love book illustrations and to frame them is perfection.

  4. How elegant!! Especially in the frames:) Smart choice:)

  5. I am always amazed at the variety of detail and perspective among such work - you can literally follow art history. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

  6. Hi Carrie,

    I am glad I am not the only one that delays in putting up Christmas things post-Christmas! :)

    Have a great weekend.

  7. it's always a shame to cut up antique books