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Grahame Johnstone Tales in Finding Out Magazines

‘Finding Out: A Modern Library of Education in Weekly Parts’ was a British weekly educational magazine for children, first published by Purnell & Sons Ltd in 1962. The magazine was noted for its illustrations, which were by some of the top book illustrators of the day, including Angus McBride and Read more…

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Angus McBride’s Legendary Beasts

Whilst undertaking my research of the Grahame Johnstone twins‘ series illustrations in the Finding Out magazines, I came across another fantastically illustrated series called “Legendary Beasts” by historical and fantasy artist Angus McBride. These one-page articles (half full-colour illustration, half descriptive text) appeared on the back of the weekly Finding Out Read more…

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Collecting Junior Deluxe Editions

Ahhh – who doesn’t love a stack of cheap and cheerful vintage children’s books? Do you know how many books there were in this classic series of the 1950s and 60s? And which ones have multiple covers, multiple illustrators, and even in one case two different authors? This video includes Read more…

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The Art of the Australian Fairy

Australian Fairy Tales In this article I’d like to introduce you to a collection of literary magical fairy beings of the sort that typically feature prominently in pan-European fairy tales but here are living in the Australian bush. I will cover Australian Aboriginal dreamtime stories in a separate article since Read more…