Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Growing African Violence

Yep, the cute booklet art just keeps coming, as we see here in this neat little "how to" guide from 1963 on growing and blooming tropical flowers in your own home. And ok, this post is actually called African Violets, --I thought African Violence might sound more exciting and possibly even pull in bigger google hits! Anyway, this 30+ page guide covers every aspect of this beautiful purple petaled plant and the proper care for it: origins, fertilizing, watering, transplanting, diagnosing troubles, pest control, varieties, etc. Annnnd I'm sure someone out there is going to have a problem with the cartoony African native illustrations in this guide, (I actually think they're pretty adorable), and the fabulously designed white woman determined to bring a taste of the jungle to her home is just a flat-out heartbreaker with those eye lashes! xoxox!













7 comments:

Andy 7 said...

Love the great artwork.

Karswell said...

No artist credit given anywhere in the booklet unfortunately

Craftypants Carol said...

Both the lady and the natives are cute but man that elephant on the last page looks so sad :(

I always heard that African violets were super touchy and only bloomed for special people. I've never even tried.

Karswell said...

Yeah, typically this booklet makes it look easy as pie to raise them, but I've already heard from a few people that they're not.

Oh well-- pretty pictures and drawings!!

Christopher Sobieniak said...

Yeah, typically this booklet makes it look easy as pie to raise them, but I've already heard from a few people that they're not.

Well, it's the thought that counts!

JMR777 said...

African violets, the Italian cars of the flower world. High maintenance, constant fiddling, no guarantee of success, high frustration when things go wrong, whats not to love?
Now if they did a version of raising Venus flytraps, that would be a good tie in for both this blog and THOIA.


Does the lady look a bit like an illustrated version of Lucille Ball to you?

Armpit Studios said...

The illustrated natives are the cat's meow.