Friday, November 17, 2017

Children's Digest "The Perils of Space" (Sept 1961)

There were a number of magazines for children in the 1950s and 1960s. Those of us who grew up at that time remember these as home reading (gifted by relatives), summer reading, or supplemental reading in school (or doctor's and dentist's offices).

Children Digest Sept 1961 "The Perils of Space" Mortimer Lawrence. Illustrated by Dave Klein. From:

W. Lawrence. Illustrated with photographs. New York: Coward·McCann, Inc. 210 Madison Ave., 1960. pp. 121.

 I appreciate his expression, "Gs" aren't fun.

Radiation in between does not worry an astronaut that much. If he is flying fast enough, all it can do is bleach his hair!

 I am not sure how long it would take for a rocket ship to "wear away" even if it is a hazard.

A nice snapshot of what the space race felt like at the time.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Punch-Out Satellite Rocket Launcher (1959)

A very beautiful (and rare) punch-out book.

Punch-Out Satellite Rocket Launcher. New York: Dell Publishing, Co. 6 pp. 32 x 19 cm. 1959. A Dell Children's Book #149.

 What seems most amazing to me (beside the great cover art) is that you are able to construct this cardboard rocket to launch!

 Punch-out books are hard to show off but here are a few of the charming features.

 First of course is the satellite. It's a monkey in a capsule.
 Then there is the military man directing the fueling crew, including Mario (who somehow snuck into the book.)
 The workers who built the rocket and do the final preparation and the fuel tanker.
Here are the actual punch-out pages:

Friday, October 20, 2017

"Off For the Moon" SRA Reading Laboratory Brown 15 (1958)

Here is an interesting piece of space education ephemera. "Off For The Moon" adapted from Tom Corbett's Wonder Book of Space (Wonder Books, NY, 1953). Written by Marcia Martin and illustrated by Frank Vaughn.

Back in the years I was in school, SRA (Science Research Associates) Reading Library was a standard way to teach English and reading skills.

It has a fascinating history, described here:

I found one of the early reading cards in this series "SRA Elementary Edition 15 Brown." Here is the letter from the SRA publisher's office to the publisher of the original book at Rockhill Productions:

I really enjoy this early space story since much of the content (book was 1953) was becoming more likely with the rise of the Space Race.  It now does not read as fiction any more.

Each of these "cards" also had questions about the story the student had just read, including references to the "line number" where the answer might be found.

Just a delightful memory to me of reading through these cards in the 1960s and working my way through the "colors." Although I do agree with the final statement of the author I linked to above:

"The behavior I learned: burn through the cards as quickly as possible and once you finish the last color – was it purple? – the teacher shrugs and lets you choose your own reading."