Uncanny Artist Ephemera and Objects for Artists and Collectors
  • 1945 End Papers from The Golden Songbook

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    This is pair of 1945 End Papers from The Golden Songbook, edited by Katharine Tyler Wessells and illustrated by Gertrude Elliot.  Gertrude Elliot (1911-1993) was a children's book illustrator best known for her work in Golden Books, including dictionaries and books of poetry, nursery rhymes and fairy tales.  Her work was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC) in 1946.  The Golden Songbook is filled with 60 classic songs and singing games, such as "A-Hunting We Will Go," "Yankee Doodle," "Away in the Manager," "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep," and "The Farmer in the Dell."  The end papers have a continuous illustration, which shows some of these characters (such as Yankee Doodle, The Pie Man,and Old King Cole) dancing in a ring around a singing angel (on the right) and a boy turning the crank of an automaton with a bird (on the left).  The whimsical images have simple black outlines and details with large areas of solid color (from bright to pastel hues) or patterns.  There is a yellow-orange border around the edges.  Each end paper measures 11" high by 8.5" wide.  These 1945 End Papers from The Golden Songbook are in Very Good condition with no damage or wear.  Ideal for use in an art project.