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Dover's Cabinet of Curiosities

As a little girl I remember lacing up grandma in her corset. She was still wearing one in the 1990s. I thought she was crazy but I kept that to myself! bit.ly/1udr5wX

Two words that should never be uttered in the same sentence: Foxy and Grandpa.  Even by Grandma.

The title Foxy Grandpa obviously had a bit of a different connotation in 1900 when Carl E. “Bunny Schultze’s comic strip first debuted.  These images are from Foxy Grandpa’s Mother Goose, which show the titular character living up to his name.

From the 1908 edition, originally published by Frederick A. Stokes in 1903.

 

If you’re a fan of The Tudors you’ll love these gorgeous hand-knit fashions inspired by the Tudor Dynasty. bit.ly/1uTwNEP

Here’s Marcel Proust playing air guitar on a tennis racket. 1892.

Grab your copy of the Dover edition of Swann’s Way here

The cardboard sisters are at it again! Making trendy gifts from cardboard for all their family and friends. Our storybook sisters are the queens of recycling stuff into fun projects. Won’t you join them?
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Create your own fairy tales with these four gorgeous princess paper dolls! Classic Brothers Grimm characters with gorgeous royal wardrobes. Mirror Mirror! bit.ly/XciJL2

These days, Uncle Wiggily may be best known for being an element of J.D. Salinger’s Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut, a short story in the Nine Stories collection. However, the character created by Howard Roger Garis was very popular in the early twentieth century and the amusing tales of the gentlemanly rabbit are quite timeless.

While Dover has published several volumes of Uncle Wiggily stories (Including the above-pictured Adventures of Uncle Wiggily that includes breath-taking re-colored versions of Louis Wisa’s original art), Garis published a vast amount of animal tales.  There were a great variety of artists that worked on the Wiggily books throughout the years.  These images are from some staple-bound copies published in 1943 by the American Crayon Company.  There were a series of 10 and they had cover art by Mary and Wallace Stover.

Some of the interior art is rather peculiar as the Wiggily stories often veered into wild fantasy.  See above for Uncle Wigs seemingly bitten by a fish with legs.

Fashion illustration is at its best in this historic retrospect of art from 1900-2000. From the temptress to the twiggies, hippies and fashionistas, fashion-conscious women of all ages will treasure this captivating book, as will students and professional fashion and costume designers. bit.ly/1BuDktv

No Funny Business?  What other kind of business is there with a surly cat who looks like he’s going to win a hot dog eating contest?

Clement Hurd is best known for his illustrations in Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny.  He also authored several books with his wife Edith Thacher Hurd and illustrated them.  Hurd’s simplistic style is well-suited to animals and Brown’s stories are unimaginable without his art included. 

However, on some of Hurd’s solo efforts, the consistency may be contentious. Carl, the cat of No Funny Business, changes size on nearly every page.  We’re not sure if he’s dreaming he’s a human-sized cat, but it stands to reason that a cat of average-size wouldn’t be allowed to drive.  He also rows a boat, eats a lot of hot dogs and gets pulled over.  Carl was the proto-toonces.

From the Harper & Row, 1962 I Can Read edition.

With our new “Make a Masterpiece" series; your kids can "re-arrange" a VanGogh, Picasso, Seraut, or Monet! http://bit.ly/1rIenDR