I collect vintage Penguins and other old books. I particularly love the old orange and white Penguins . . .
I know that Penguin have released new versions of these classic orange and white books, but I love the 'real' vintage ones! The more battered around the better!
I usually pick these up from fetes and book fairs (the kind of ones run by Rotary/Lions Clubs etc). They are usually only 60c - $1. Even if I don't get around to reading them all (!) I love to look at them. Some of them have great designs and art work on the covers.
I also like the art work on the Penguin 'Modern Classics' which have a light green and white cover. Below is a great example from a collection of short stories from the great Ernest Hemingway.
I like to display my favourites on these book holders that I bought from Howards Storage World (there is one at Chadstone)(they are actually called Plate Holders, but they are also great for books). They come in various sizes and are not that expensive. There are very cheap plastic ones available but I prefer the wooden ones - as well as looking much nicer, the plastic ones are too flimsy for books.
I would love to see your collection of vintage books - please leave a comment if you have any photos you would like to show me or any rare finds you want to share!
Living in suburbia is dull. I survive by drinking lots of red wine and getting dressed up in vintage. I have escaped to France to live for 2 years, which I love. My favourite vintage pieces are from the 1950's: Lilli Ann suits, American day-dresses, lucite bags and Coro costume jewellery. My blog posts might be sporadic (as I have a 'full time' job!) but they are at least original.