Wednesday, October 14, 2009

NANCY DREW---BLUE

It’s Vintage Thursday again, and I’m enjoying taking these journeys with all the people showing their treasures: drop in at http://coloradolady.blogspot.com/ to take a look.

We’ve built lots of bookshelves in this house; it came with but two---the one below and a mirror-image of it behind in the room next door. We’ve scattered paperbacks and magazines and all manner of splashy gardening and decorating and travel books randomly over the house, wherever they landed and wherever there was room. But our best and most precious, our treasured-from-the-past, the first-read and most fondly remembered books of our youth are placed in the varnished wooden bookcases, as befit the best of things.

This shelf has a row of my young-days’ favorites spanning about halfway from the left, his take up at Little Ships and go about ten to the right; the shelf above is filled with collections of stories which amazed and entertained us both as children, though we may have picked up these copies from Goodwill or Flea Markets along the way.










My own prizes are the Nancy Drew few, loved and lost and found again, as related in an earlier post:

http://lawntea.blogspot.com/2008/12/lost-and-found.html






Keetha, at http://writekudzu.blogspot.com/2009/10/that-could-have-been-me.html who is much younger than I, posted this week about the quickening of her heart as she saw a familiar yellow book jacket pass in a crowd; her Nancy Drews are the modern ones to me, though they’re the classics to her, a child of the Eighties. My own heartbeat leaps at the sight of those pale blue fabric books with the unmistakable bright orange silhouette on the front. Those are from the Thirties and Forties, passed to me by an older cousin; though the picture and Nancy herself change a bit as the decades change, from a characteristically Thirties profile of skirt, hat, flowing scarf and smart pumps, in an almost-pinup pose with the Magnifying Glass,




to a bit more of the toned-down black silhouette of a young woman of the Forties with a lot on her mind, more subdued clothes and sensible shoes for chasing after villains.





Somewhere in between there, in only the sixth volume, there was perhaps another edition published, as the series gained momentum, for the books were a bit plainer, in a dull blue, printed in a much more subdued orange hue.







And so generations of us girls have traveled with Nancy, speeding along in that snappy roadster, chasing clues, decoding ciphers, righting wrongs, solving mysteries.





I've gone back and back, these last few days, just in getting these out, feeling the fragile old fabric, the delicate, crumble-at-a-touch pages, inhaling the scent of old books and old times and hot Summer afternoons up a tree with Nancy, Bess and George for companions.
Everybody needs a Hero, and I’m glad these kind, smart, pleasant people were some of mine.

20 comments:

marian said...

i'm salivating at your FABULOUS book collection..they display beautifully!

Roslyn said...

For me there is something extraordinarily lovely about old books, I treasure those from my own & my son's childhood.

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Oh, I just love these books!

Debbie said...

Nancy Drew was one of my favorites too.

Fiona said...

Oh I love old books too, especially when they are books from one's childhood! I had no idea Nancy Drew books were old enough to have those lovely old covers. My collections include Arthur Ransome, L.M.Montgomery and Ethel Turner (Australian author)

Lisa said...

Wow...I've never seen these blue Nancy Drews. Thanks for posting!

Postcardy said...

I can't remember what the Nancy Drew books I read (in the 1950s) looked like. I never owned any; I just got them from the library.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow what a great Nancy Drew collection. My son is collecting the Hardy Boys, and he's got quite a handsome collection going :-)

Jocelyn
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The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Oh wow, my cousins mom got her a subscription to nancy drew when we were kids - I dont remember how often she got them but I was SO RIDICULOUSLY jealous.

LV said...

What a wonderful collection of vintage books you have. The older version of books for children are the best.

Christine said...

These are definitely prizes!

Coloradolady said...

Love your books and the way you have them displayed....amazing.

Have a great weekend and a wonderful VTT!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, yes, I was there with Nancy all the way, introduced in the fourth grade, and borrowing the books from my fourth grade teachers home book shelves which were low (below windows) all the way across a room, or from the bookmobile, which still puts a glorious feeling in me to think of the joy of bringing home the 3 books allowed. SAME ANONYMOUS

vanessa said...

What a gorgeous collection! I wanted to be Nancy Drew when I was a girl--I can't wait till my daughter is old enough to read those.

Jane said...

I read all of the Nancy Drew books when I was growing up...thanks for sharing yours.
Jane

racheld said...

To anyone else dropping in from Coloradolady's site: I'm suddenly having a glitch in clicking onto the list, and I apologize that I can't visit you and comment. Even trying to "comment" to her about it is not working.

I'll keep trying---this has been SO interesting so far!!

Miri said...

Wonderful collection of Nancy Drews...you're so right, there's nothing like the feel of an older cloth bound book!

Anonymous said...

Oh, we are kindred spirits! One summer I read every Nancy Drew our library had. Saturday we would go to town and trade in the used ones. I will never forget those blue books. Then in college, we had to bring a "blue book" for tests. I am old. Funny how one word triggers different memories.

Thanks for jogging the memory bank ~ Janie in BS Texas

Serendipity Handmade said...

I love Nancy Drew too! A friend of mine has some of those you have as well.

Cape Coop said...

the nancy drew series was a part of my childhood library, too! i had the yellow jacketed books that you got from the grocery store as a premium, if i recall correctly.