Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Vintage Thingie Thursday : Vintage Bear Books - Re-run

Welcome everyone to Vintage Thingies Thursday. If you are new to this party, please take the time to read and follow the instructions for participating in Vintage Thingies Thursday, click HERE. I try and keep things fairly simple, so please make sure you follow the instructions. Please only ONE link per week. Lastly, if you link in, LINK back to my blog, so everyone can see all of the vintage goodies being showed that day. If you don't link back here, they won't know who to visit......thanks so much.

****This post is a re-run post from way back when I first started posting for Vintage Thingies Thursday when The Apron Queen was the hostess, in 2008. I have sort of lost my mojo this week with so many things going on and the worry of a very ill family member. My heart just was not into creating a new post this I cheated. I will try and visit everyone if time allows. Hope to be back in full swing next week. Thanks for understanding and allowing a break this week.

Re-run post from summer 2008

This week, I have some vintage books. Not just books...but Vintage BEAR books. To remind you, I have mentioned here on VTT about collecting black bears. I also have a fondness for bear books as well. Imagine That! Take a look at some of the great books I have found.

I found this book at a garage sale a few years ago, in fact, I almost passed it up. It was missing the dust jacket, but the word forest and the cute bear paws got my attention and I opened the book. My heart was skipping beats when I discovered it was a book about bears in Yellowstone National Park. The Author Essie Forrester O'Brien spent summer vacations in Yellowstone. It seems while O'Brien's husband and son were off fishing, she contacted officials, rangers, employees, cooks and old-timers in the area. She collected first-hand information on the lives and habits of the Park's wild animals. The stories in "Clowns of the Forest" are based on this material.

The stories, together with the pictures, portray the life of the bears in the park. This was published in 1948. This is a wonderful book, I loved it from cover to cover. It takes you back to a time when Yellowstone was a different park than it is today. Really good and entertaining reading.

This cute little book is titled Bear Stores Retold from St. Nicholas Magazine. Published by The Century Co. 1904. This charming little book has bear stories with black and white pictures of bears. The pictures are animated for the most part, but it adds a certain charm to the book.

This adorable little book is titled A Black Bear's Story by Emil E. Liers. I purchased this book on-line. It was a children's library book. The back of the book still has the library card sleeve. It is stamped:
North Saaplon School, 10475 McDonald Park Road, Sidney, B.C.
The book is in great condition and has wonderful stories of a black bear family.

This book is loaded with wonderful bear drawings to accompany the story lines. I really love this book, the outside is very colorful and it is a wonderful addition to my shelf of bear books.

Look at the mama bear sweet talking her cub out of the tree. Sweet I tell you.

This adorable little book is titled, Go West, Young Bear by Elizabeth Hamilton. Copyright 1948. This charming book is a tale of a friendly bear who lives in Eastern Canada and whose one ambition is to meet people and live a social life. However, the people are not too friendly. This bear happens upon a book about Yellowstone Park, and sets out on his quest for the Park who loves bears. This is a really cute book and loaded with cute pictures. The inside of the book has a sticker that says the owner was Miriam Babbitt Simpson.

Well, this is just a few of the bear books in my collection. I hope you enjoyed a peek into the charming illustrations of vintage books. I have about 15 vintage childrens bear books in my collection. I am always on the watch for more to add to my bookshelf. I have read every one of these books. They provide great stories and cute pictures and hours of entertainment.
See you next week.... Thanks for allowing me this rerun post this week, hopefully next week, I'll be back to myself.


  1. Suzanne -

    Take care of yourself first and know that we will be back here with you when things improve and the chaos abates.


  2. Go Rest Tired Blogger. Love the bear books. They are vintage sweet. ♥olive

  3. It does not matter when it was posted. Some of us probably would not remember anyway. Take care.

  4. Suzanne,
    Please help me out, again. Sorry for the trouble. Love your vintage book! Thanks for hosting this great party.

  5. I know how distracting worry can be, I had a little of that myself recently. I have not been following since the beginning, so I was glad to see it. Very interesting collection, I just love old books of all kinds. Hope your week improves.

  6. I love the drawings from the 3rd book. I remember this post, and your great bear knick-knacks, plates and glassware. I covet them!

  7. There are bears in Yellowstone? Glad I didn't know that three years ago----just kidding. You have a nice colleciton.

  8. I liked reading the pages about bears in Yellowstone. I like collecting postcards of the beggar bears in Yellowstone and other parks.

  9. Suzanne, you have a wonderful appreciation for things off the beaten path. Your bear books are adorable. Take care and I hope things get better with you soon.

  10. Wishing for quick improvement in your life. Take care of yourself and your family.

    This is a wonderful post. Tomorrow I am headed to a library book sale. You know if there are any bear books there I will look more closely.

  11. Take care! You're in my thoughts and prayers!

  12. You deserve a break, you have such a wonderful blog and are kind enough to share it with all of us every week. I hope everything slows down for you and that your loved one gets better.

  13. what a fun books, Suzanne! i love collecting vintage children's books too :) x

  14. My thoughts and prayers are with you. It is totally fine to 'recycle' a good post from the past. Thank you for hosting this event, your blog is one of my favorite. I love the emphasis on vintage, it makes looking through the other links very fun, and I look forward to it. :)

  15. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Your vintage books are beautiful. Hugs Anne

  16. I too am running a repost, as we are in the middle of packing and moving. I posted this on my quilting blog last year before I started my thrifting blog "Just a Little Southern Hospitality"
    I am most happy for you to visit either one of my blogs :-)

  17. I love vintage books! And this post is all new to me! I sure enjoy having a place to do VINTAGE--Thanks for hosting. I hope things go well for you--Best wishes, Jacqueline

  18. I love the Go West, Young Bear. I didn't know you had a thing for bears. Fun!

  19. I love the graphics in these books.

  20. Hi Suzanne! Rest and take it easy. I enjoyed your post as I love children's books and especially ones about animals. Living in Idaho, we have lots of bears and we just learn to love them. I hope that you are feeling fine soon!! Happy VTT!!

    Susan and Bentley

  21. Sorry to hear life is rough at the moment, life is hard when someone close to you is so ill. All the best.

  22. Hi Suzanne~
    I'm sorry you lost your mojo. That is very sad indeed :( We all have our ups and downs so I think everyone will be understanding. I hope and pray that your week gets better and you get your mojo back :)) I know taking care and the worry of an ill loved one is hard. I pray for healing, peace, comfort, and joy for you today!!! (and for your mojos speedy return, lol!!!
    Love your collection of vintage bear books!! Thank you so much for hosting!! I hope to see you soon!!!
    ~ Michella ~
    ~ ~ xo ~ ~

  23. Hi Suzanne, You asked about my Pure Butter Slab. It is a reproduction of an antique and I purchased several years ago on-line at Old Plank Antiques. I checked recently for another blogger and they no longer carry this item. The blog Cote De Texas did have a similar one for sale on her sidebar. I hope this helps.
    xo, Sherry

  24. what a collection you have Suzanne.. the illustrations look good too!

    btw, take a break and rest a lot.. you need all the energy to take care your love ones..


  25. I'm so glad you re-posted about your bear books because I didn't see it the first time around. Sending good thoughts to you and many thanks for hosting Vintage Thingie Thursdays. I love to read what everyone posts and I learn about all sorts of wonderful treasures!

  26. I adore your collection of Bear Books. They are loaded with wonderful illustrations. Thank you also for featuring the journal I made, I think you have chosen a perfect subject for the journal. Thank you so much and have a great week.

  27. Hi, I am your newest follower Debbie of the paint splash. I found you through my sister Ann who happens to be the comment before Pure accident. Have a wonderful day. I too love your books. Debbie

  28. Hi Suzanne,
    I'm so very sorry to hear about your family member, I hope they are doing better. Please know you are in my thoughts.
    I thoroughly enjoyed your post, I especially love the illustrations.
    Take care and Happy VTT,

  29. Love that you posted vintage books, now I could get into that. Bears sure are characters at times.

  30. Suzanne, your post is sheer delight. I'm glad you ran it again because it's new to me. Sorry to hear that you have a loved one who is ill. Hope they find their way back to good health. ~ Sarah


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