Dig, Push, Pull, Eat

Picture Dictionary Noel Blog1A trip to our favourite second-hand bookshop last week produced The Early Word Picture Dictionary, Illustrated by G Higham (1954). Ah, the delights of the early 50’s, all washed out  pre-‘contemporary’ colours and a safe  life of pipe smoking daddy’s and Mary sewing her dress with a needle. Mr Mouse is saying “squeak! squeak!” and the cow is saying ” Moo, I have two horns”.Picture Dictionary Noel Blog3

What it lacks in…. dramatic tension…… it makes up with a period charm.Picture Dictionary Noel Blog4

I’m not sure we have made the transition from full on holiday revelry to nose to the grindstone work. Everyone we meet is in a haze of Lemsip (the recreational drug of choice for cool kids apparently). But we have downloaded our year planner to create TheBigForest ‘Shape of the Year’ and fit together a jigsaw of design/make/photograph/list/sell.

Meanwhile I’m searching the web for consultancy and freelance projects so it is a start of sorts. The greatest achievement is a beautifully tidy living space and getting the recipe books out so at least after all the Dig, Push and Pull the Eat will be worth it!Picture Dictionary Noel Blog2

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  1. benjaminawong

    They are beautiful images, bucolic and serene, enjoyable on their own merits. However, since you asked for “dramatic tension”, perhaps you should see “Rabbit” by Run Wrake, a short film starring these very pictures. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYAixjN9BQg It’s an an amazingly well-crafted, dark story about avarice and nature’s capricious justice.

  2. I’m studying these images for a Uni project, they are beautiful aren’t they 🙂

  3. Those images are fabulous and so sweet and so ’50s. And, you’re right, no dramatic tension in that era at all. Or at least not any that anyone admitted to!

    • They have such a stong period sense don’t they. Neither of us were around in the 50′s but its a decade we love (from a design perspective)…. all that post-war optimism.

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