Sunday, November 6, 2016

Cool illustrations: The New Human Interest Library (Part 3)

OK, we're getting back on track with this series, after getting waylaid a bit by Halloween.1 Once again, I'm planning to share, from front to back, the vintage photos, diagrams and illustrations within 1929's Volume I of The New Human Interest Library. It's going to take a while.

We're back today with another trio of illustrations by Herbert N. Rudeen, whose middle name was Navigius. These illustrations accompany a story titled "Getting Ready for Santa Claus" from the "Helpfulness" chapter of the book. It involves a group of siblings cleaning each other's play areas. (And you thought it was hard to get kids to clean their own rooms.)

"It's such fun to do things for other people," Georgie says.

"When you do things for other people, it makes you nice, so that everybody likes you and wants you to be with them, and wants to give you things," adds Teddy.

Well ... maybe that's not a 100 percent altruistic reason to help others, but it's not a bad start, logic-wise, for a kid.

1. "Waylaid by Halloween" has 844 Google search results, most of which involving crafts.

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