Friday, October 24, 2008

Favorite of the Week - A Very Young Dancer by Jill Krementz

A Very Young Dancer by Jill Krementz is a rare and especially lovely book about ballet for young readers. The photographs by Krementz, of a young dancer who is chosen to perform in the New York City Ballet's Nutcracker Ballet, are wonderful.

Jill Krementz was a Vietnam War photographer, and she is the widow of Kurt Vonnegut. While I like all her children's photography, I especially like her A Very Young series of books.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Favorite of the Week - Antique Christmas Postcards

I went to an ephemera show a while back and bought a wonderful assortment of antique postcards. I kept a few favorites ... and have listed many on eBay (with many more still to list). I put a bunch of vintage Christmas postcards up this week. They are beautiful cards! The greetings on the back are fascinating reading, too.

The three cards pictured here are all by artist Ellen Clapsaddle. She lived 1863 to 1934, and was the most popular postcard illustrator of her time. I love her cards -- especially the ones for Christmas and Halloween!