Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Where It All Began Part 2


Following on from my earlier post here is another book that I remember from my childhood. When I was in Paris earlier this year and at the amazing department store Compagnie Francaise de l'Orient et de la Chine I saw a copy of this book on the shelf and my heart fluttered nostalgically. I hadn't looked at the book in years and was pleasantly suprised to find some revolutionary Chinese art cards tucked inside when I opened it (see bonus section below). The book has page after page of amazing acrobatic feats all depicted in glorious Technicolor. Here are just a few for you:


Looking at this picture I remembered being fascinated by an episode of Sesame Street where Big Bird visited China and met some 'lions'. Wasn't there a big dog on Sesame Street who looked a bit like a Chinese lion? After some research (Googled it!) I found this clip where Big Bird and the dog (Barkley) are taught a few Chinese words by a very cute little girl:



Back to the book and another ingenious way of holding a vase:










Bonus Section: Revolutionary Chinese Art Cards
Positive depictions of agriculture and industry.

3 comments:

Jason said...

Lovely pics of an era, thanks for sharing.

Mei Yau said...

Thanks for posting these great pictures and for sharing your Chinese journey!

What a cute clip from Sesame Street! And very brave of them to feature China at the height of the Cold War. I wonder where I could get an outfit like that little girl's...

howardo said...

You can purchase the chickens feeding in London China town, along with lovely silk Butterflies -