inspired by: stranger on a plane.
on a recent plane ride home from los angeles, i sat next to an elderly woman who was reading an aged copy of emma, perhaps from the 40’s. i noticed the price tag on the cover was $1.10 and asked her if she had purchased the original copy. she had indeed, and she very kindly allowed me to photograph the book with my iphone. talk about a weird juxtaposition of technology meets vintage! it got me thinking about how much i love the old book jackets of yesteryear, so i thought i’d round up a few cool ones.
things magazine has a great project featuring a collection of some great old penguin paperback book covers (above, and below). and ominivore books in san francisco is known for some classic old cookbooks and cocktail mixer how-to’s; i love this 1958 prize winning photography book from terror skink.
hannah ellen always has a fine collection of penguin paperbacks.
i was given this classic beauty pictures by some dear friends.
• top image marilyn monroe.