The Lion nicely defaced…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s colours are: gargantuan green, yacht yellow, bruised blue, orangutan orange, and polished pink.

You may recall that a couple of weeks ago I showed you a photograph of the front and back covers of another of my old junk shop books – the Lion Annual 1956. The time has come to open it and look inside; oh dear, I think one of the end papers is missing and what we can see here on the right is the title page instead:

dscn4746Yes, I think there should be a page with the other half of that map on it – there is a corresponding double page map at the end of the book showing the Southern Hemisphere, this being the remains of the Northern Hemisphere…
Hm… it looks like the owner of this volume, almost certainly a young lad, must have had a much younger brother or sister who managed to get at it and sabotage it – there is evidence of this outrage on many of the pages. Let’s call the lad Billy and the sibling Shirley.
I do love Shirley’s figure drawing – look at those arms sticking out of the sides of the chap’s body – oh, and those spiky fingers – ho ho! I think this might be copied from the Canadian lumberjack trotting across his floating logs top left – what do you think?
That’s a pretty good attempt at the letters ‘USA’ too, but I’m not sure about the letters to the right of the lion’s head – perhaps she was having a stab at the ‘A’ in the word ‘annual’?
Wouldn’t it be odd if Billy or Shirley were browsing the internet and came across this page of mine and recognised this book as theirs from 60 years ago? Shirley might be a be a great artist now…


About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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24 Responses to The Lion nicely defaced…

  1. Shammy says:

    Canada’s full of dogsleds, lumberjacks and moose, while America’s dominated by lasso wielding cowboys. And watch out for jaguars south of the border.

  2. You could draw the other side of the map, incorporating the doodles into it? That would be fun! Oh, then you could hand it back to the place you got it, and someone else would buy it, adding to the doodles, and so it goes on! Or maybe not. Maybe I should just get on with making some art and have less coffee. Hmmm.

  3. The Lion Annual (1956) now that brings back memories. I love the drawings … I have an enhanced “Old Possum” by T. S. Eliot … nothing to beat enhancement …

  4. Dana Doran says:

    Mr. Whatt – I was plodding along on my “reader” this morning…peeked into see what you were up to – hope your day is going well – continued on to find a post about that giant blade installed as “art” in your part of the world:
    Dada without the cynicism?

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Well, It really is big, and it does look so strange lying across the Square like that – I was immediately impressed. My first thought was – wouldn’t it have looked a lot better if it was standing up? – but I suppose we couldn’t afford to do that.
      As for the ‘art’ side of it, I think the artist should credit the engineers who designed the thing – it is a beautiful shape. In that link you sent someone said, “…to start a debate about what constitutes art.” – I think that debate has been running since Duchamp’s Fountain, don’t you?
      The funny thing about ‘the blade’ is, after a few days, you stop noticing it…

  5. junkmonkey says:

    Shouldn’t another copy of the right hand side of the end paper be on the inside of the back cover? Or are you saving peeking that far ahead in the book for later?

  6. junkmonkey says:

    This one is from a Lion Annual for 1958. It was obviously one of their things. And I hit the post button too soon. Getting too old for all this new-fangled stuff.

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Was there a link JM?…

      • junkmonkey says:

        The picture in the first reply, “Gad etc”, is from the 1958 Lion Annual. As I spend most of my time looking at the keyboard not the screens while typing I often find I am typing in the wrong place and have to cut and paste to where I though I was typing or – more frustratingly – find I have been merely making Photoshop scroll through tools for five minutes by hitting all its shortcuts without actually achieving anything.

      • Dave Whatt says:

        But there was no picture…

      • junkmonkey says:

        Oh! There’s a picture there on my screen. Curious.
        h t t p s://$/Lion-Annual-1958-h-b-_1.jpg

      • Dave Whatt says:

        Hm, well, I copied and pasted that link in and it came up with “no results for your search” – this one could run and run! Ho ho!

  7. junkmonkey says:

    try taking the spaces out of the h t t p s up there and pasting into the address bar

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