First Principles in Chemistry, 1937

Compiled by New York City high school teachers as a textbook to be used throughout the state of New York.

From Galileo to Cosmic Rays, by Harvey Brace Lemon. University of Chicago Press, 1934 (this is the sixth pressing, from 1940). Drawings by Chichi Lasli

News update: I work in an auction house now, and regularly get to take home boxes of unsold books, like the one above!

Getting the Main Idea, part of the “Specific Skills” series from Dexter and Westbrook, Ltd. 1970

By Richard A. Boning

Understanding Questions: C, part of the “Supportive Reading Skills” series from Dexter and Westbrook, Ltd. 1973.

By Richard A. Boning (har har har)

Fashion police!

From Going Places With Your Personality: A Guide to Successful Living, 1971

by Charles H. Kahn, Robert Tong, and Wing Jew

From Going Places With Your Personality: A Guide to Successful Living, 1971

by Charles H. Kahn, Robert Tong, and Wing Jew

Girl speaking into a Chromalizer, from The Mind, a LIFE Science Library Book, by John Rowan Wilson and the Editors of TIME-LIFE Books. (1964, reprinted in 1971).

"The colored panels tell her visually when she is making the right sound."

Optical illusions from The Mind, a LIFE Science Library Book, by John Rowan Wilson and the Editors of TIME-LIFE Books. (1964, reprinted in 1971)


From The Mind, a LIFE Science Library Book, by John Rowan Wilson and the Editors of TIME-LIFE Books. (1964, reprinted in 1971)

I would have been obsessed with this book if I’d had it as a child.

"Routes for Musical Messages

The picture on the opposite page is a photograph of a pianist. On it have been sketched the two hemispheres of the brain, a network of nerves throughout the arms, and a connecting length of spinal cord. The system of billions of cells and miles of fibers can relay many messages at once…”

Illustrations for the Battle of Gettysburg, Stories of Great Battles, 1960.

(the tumblr preview is terrible for the individual illustrations of the Johnny Reb + Billy Yank - click for much better images)

Illustrations from Stories of Great Battles, by Robert N. Webb. Illustrations by Shannon Stirnweis. 1960.