I can’t leave a thrift shop without checking the book section. Vintage books make me happy, because of the slightly yellow discoloured pictures and pages, the smell, because of the old-fashioned language and phrases and because vintage books give a little insight in a time gone by. My latest treasure is this old book about the little bear Colargol or as he is called in English; Barnaby the Bear.
When I was little I had a LP (yes a LP!) of ‘beertje Colargol’ which I played over and over again. I could dream the song and would sing it a lot. The LP had a cover on which he was portrayed but the rest of his very adventures I had to visualise myself which was no problem being a very imaginative child but it’s also fun to look at the pictures of this book and to realize only now that his eyes are actually buttons . I love how a little world is created in each photograph, simple and without Photoshop or any other digital help using some cardboard and a few props.
Colargol is originally from France and was created by Olga Pouchine in 1960 and it was a television show from 1968 till 1975.