Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Today's Vintage Ad


8 comments:

Todd Mason said...

So, Armstrong Sperry was a bit of a nautical specialist. As much as I liked CALL IT COURAGE, his Newbery-winner (a whole lot), I never went looking for more from him, which in retrospect seems odd. Sperry's the only writer here whose name rings a bell.

Todd Mason said...

No, I take that last back...I don't think I've ever read Pease, but I've heard of him.

Bill Crider said...

I thought that for "classics" it was an obscure grouping.

Todd Mason said...

Well, y'now, advertising. We're lucky we're not promised that these books will Change Young Lives and Prevent Juvenile Delinquency. Older amphigory often no more charming than newer manure.

Jerry House said...

I've read some Pease when I was a kid, mostly his Todd Moran stories about a teen-aged adventurer. BTW, this is not the Howard Pease who wrote Scottish Ghost stories around the turn of the 20th century.

I'm familiar with Sperry and Seaman, although I've only read Seaman; as I remember, I didn't care for her writing at all.

I doubt if any kid today would think these books exciting.

Don Coffin said...

I actually read The Front Page Mystery, which a friend of mine had. And about which I remember nothing but the title. I guess his parents were able to afford the $8 (single payment) or $9 (deferred payment).

Rick Robinson said...

I'll take the set right now! I'd sure like to read that perry.

Todd Mason said...

Sperry's CALL IT COURAGE was certainly a rouser...wonder if there are any chauvinist rocks in the tapioca (or poi) if one reads it, or this other one, now. Disney made a half-decent film, IIRC. But the novel better.

Good to know there are two Peases I might be vaguely recalling.