Judging a book by its cover: Automobile Quarterly 1972

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I know it seems random that I’d post about an automobile book but this book screamed to me from the used bookstore window. I just had to stop and look at it every time I passed until one day I just couldn’t take it anymore, went in and bought it! I love the cover. The red color with that awesome illustrated Studebaker and wagon. I bought it because of it’s cover but I like the photographs and illustrations inside too. The typography is really inspiring. I imagine the design department of the publisher working on it in their Mad Men-esq office. Had to share.

Hope you had a nice weekend? We went to the playground and park, out for brunch with friends in their neighborhood (it’s so awesome having friends who love our baby!!), dinner with a friend at our place. We also managed to squeeze some good work time in and practicing with Henry on walking.

5 Responses to Judging a book by its cover: Automobile Quarterly 1972

  1. Hannah Stephenson November 8, 2010 at 2:10 am #

    This book was waiting for you.

    I love that. One of my most treasured books is a late 1890’s book on Violins and how to identify who made them. I do not play the violin :). But the book is beautiful to me…I bought it from a library sale (love those things) for 25 cents. The book has an old catalog in the back of other books by the publisher–books on Irish Setters, or types of knots, and an ad for dog food–so weird and awesome. And another great layer—since it was a library book, I can see who last checked it out (in 1981).

  2. Samantha Hahn November 8, 2010 at 8:03 am #

    Oh I love that. Such a great story to go along with the book. Interesting to think about who was checking it out from the library and why! In the opening of this car book there’s a dedication to someone who worked on it and then took his life. It’s strange and sad. I think I’ll have to add some cars into future illustrations and use the book as reference.

  3. Abbey November 9, 2010 at 2:21 pm #

    I LOVE THIS! I love it when a book calls to you like that. Miss you!

    xo, Abbey

  4. Samantha Hahn November 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm #

    you too….you are the lovliest.

  5. Jan Hurst - letterlady November 1, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    Samantha, I loved reading this post! I worked for Automobile Quarterly (AQ) until this past March, just before the publisher succumbed to his illness. I can tell you that the book that called to you from the store window is part of a quarterly publication – the premiere automotive ‘magazine’ in the world. AQ has always been number one at automotive stories, art and photography. I am proud that I have a story in issue 50-4 about a digital automotive artist. AQ is still being published, and has a store of older issues in their ‘garage’.

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