Thursday, July 30, 2009


Waaaay back in late September 2008, P.J. (pre -Joanne) I took a solo road trip down the west coast of the good ol' U. S. of Ayyy! to the always groovy burg of Portland, Oregon. Whilst there, and concurrently at the same time, I met up with my pal and animator/director/illustrator/breakdance enthusiast supreme Ward (Ward-O-Matic) Jenkins.

We had been corresponding for a couple years through Flickr due to our shared interests in vintage kids books and cool vintage illustration in general. So it was natural for us to meet mano a mano for the first time during my visit. We spent an afternoon purusing the well-stocked but pricey shelves of "The City of Roses"' best used booked stores, and picked up a few items. As well, I dropped off a box of vintage kids books (that I had doubles of) that Ward had expressed interest in. Ward said he'd send me something in return and, after making some suggestions a few months later, the above envelope (and it's stuffed innards) was what I VERY happily recieved from my friendly neighbourhood postal employee!

The prints from his Etsy shop are wonderful (Joanne LOVED the Calico Elly (above) I gave her as part of her recent birthday gifts) and the cards and note were very thoughtful.

BUT... the creme de la icing on the cake was the superfun sketches Mr. Matic added to the mailing envelope. I've done the same thing in the past on the occasional parcel, but it always makes my day to get something thoughtful AND cool in mail from such a talented individual.

Thanks Ward!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

We All Scream for Ice Cream!

With my recent month-long sojourn to the wilds of the Florida Panhandle (it was tough work slogging through those Targets and Winn Dixies!) it COMPLETELY slipped my mind that the new Know Mag hit the stands in early July.

This issue's focus is on that old summer staple ICE-CREAM, and I based the three puzzles in my regular "Know Fun" puzzles and fun feature on just that don't you know! Above is a cropped detail from one of those self-same fuzzles and pun, but you'll have to head on down to your local newsstand to see the rest of it for now.

For those of you outside of Canada you can get your fun-filled science-y goodness here!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Let's All Go to the Ballet!

...or not. But at least we can enjoy the best bits of a few classic ballets as interpreted by the always amazing Alice & Martin Provensen from their 1968 Golden Press treasure "Tales from the Ballet" on my Flickr photostream right now.

I picked up this beautiful book in Tallahassee Florida last weekend for a song and had to share it with y'all (oops - my stay in the panhandle is nearing it's end just in time!)

Don't forget your tutu!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Behind the Blog!

As one or two of you chicken hawk-eyed readers may have noticed things have once again been especially slow around GLENMULLALY.COM... The Blog in recent weeks. It's tough to pull myself away from spending a boffo-whammo-spectacularly-uh-HUH! month in balmy climes with my super-duper sweetie to write about vintage illustration, (and I LOVE vintage illustration) ... so you know I must be enjoying myself.

Even working on the house doing minor repairs, renovations and fix-ups is a great change from the daily grind of my regular old pre-sweetie life. But as my month in Florida enters the final stretch I realized how much in danger of losing my Blogger decoder ring and winking membership pin I am by neglecting my double-extra- ultra-sworn blogitudinal duties.

I do have a wonderful vintage kid's book find from this past weekend's road trip to Tallahassee that I hope to post in the next few days - but until then you'll plain have to put up with this particularly poor post pertaining to my paucity of periodic posting.

Or something like that.

Monday, July 6, 2009

I'm a Nut!

No... I haven't finally come to my senses long enough to get professional help. I'm just stating, in as precise language as my noggin can muster, that I'm a nut for swell vintage illustration like that found in the above image and a heapin' helpin' more that I've just shared over at my Flickr photostream. Anthropomorphic legumes and fun-fun-fun food galore in glorious 2-colour printing from the fine folks at the Planters Edible Oil Company!

Grab a PB & H (no, not halibut... honey! The Canadian-style creamed type too) and stroll on over for the festivities!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Happy Canada Day!

Although reluctant to post two consecutive topics with "Happy" in the title I felt that...

A: My national pride outweighs my fear of blog repetitiveness,


B: I'm purty darned joyful these days, so what the heck!

So, despite my being outside the country on July 1st for the first time, I wish all my fellow Canadians, and those who love them, all the best on our country's birthday!