Saturday, July 9, 2011

JACKET REQUIRED: Up in the Air Sky High, Sky High

Continuing an aviation theme begun with the FFB post a few days ago and thanks to a comment from my pal Yvette, on display are a variety of dust jackets featuring airplanes and flying machines, pilots and paratroopers, and a spaceman thrown in for good luck. Most of these are from juvenile adventure books from the 1930s - 1950s. You know the drill: click on each photo to enlarge for full gasp inducing enjoyment.

A free can of Dr. Pepper or Vernor's or any other bubbly beverage to the person who tells me where I got the title for this post.

Oh, those 1930s kids' books taught such wonderful things, eh?

Looks like the volcano blew a huge chip out of the DJ on that book on the left. Make sure to click on the Lost Flyers to see why they're so frightened of being in the water.


  1. Wot, no Biggles???

  2. like a diamond in the sky

  3. Are these Andy Land and Ted Scott books old-time YA stuff, like Tom Swift Jr., Hardy Boys, etc.? I've never seen or heard of them before.

  4. Was that from Sky King? Fifties TV show.

  5. Rick -

    Yes, those are boys' adventure series books. Franklin W. Dixon is the giveaway house pseudonym. The Ted Scott books came a few years before The Hardy Boys though. There were 20 Ted Scott books. The one above is #5. They ran from 1927 to 1935 with the last two appearing in 1941 and 1943. Andy Lane had 12 books from 1928 to 1932. The ones shown above were 8, 9 and 10 in the series.

    Patti -

    The title is taken from some lyrics, but from an operetta. No more hints.

  6. I have the SEARCH FOR LOST FLYERS and the dust jacket, mysteriously, is damaged in almost the exact same spots. :)

    I like that WAR WINGS one too. I love these things. Don't ask me why.

    Great post!

  7. I was just reading The Green Mill Murder by Kerry Greenwood and I got the answer to your question: Patience by Gilbert and Sullivan. She uses it as the heading for Chapter Eleven! Is that cheating?

  8. Joan -

    Serendipitous discoveries certainly count. But you're only half way there. It is indeed Gilbert & Sullivan. But it's from the second act finale of IOLANTHE, not PATIENCE.

    "Up in the air, sky-high, sky-high,
    "Free from Wards in Chancery,
    "He will be surely happier for
    "He’s such a susceptible Chancellor."

  9. Oh, my goodness! Kerry Greenwood misidentified it. Are you a G & S fan? I picked up some G & S records at a library sale years ago but just couldn't appreciate them. I wanted to. I can't remember is I still have them or if I passed them on to another library sale.