1940s · Carbondale PA area
by Carol Binkett
Carbondale PA area, 1940s. Pages are all loose. Cover with significant edge wear. Moderate surface soiling, primarily due to the density of color on each page and not being properly protected over the years. . Seventy-two (72) Pencil and crayon elaborate and detailed drawings by a young girl, who appears to have a very large family. No detail is too small for this young artist beginning with the title page "The Big Drawing Book by Carol Binkett. Each letter is colored with a different color crayon. From her first chaotic drawing titled "The Color Family" that includes 13 children in a kitchen - scenes such as a boy atop a dish cabinet (filled with multi-colored dishes) His clothing and the vase are one color and the flowers are another. The three (3) girls putting away dishes have stacks of plates and cups all in different colors. Beyond the color, all of the children are working cooperatively and smiling. The art is naive and remains that way with only minimal improvement as she ages, but the degree of detail and story sequences built into each drawing is of particular note. Subject matter crosses a variety of areas from holidays and sporting events to lessons in etiquette and morality. A majority of the scenes feature predominantly girls and often have a sign "No Boys Allowed". Beginning in the third grade multiple scenes or panels are introduced to tell a progressive story. The most detailed pages include 12 panels. Carol appears to be dyslexic with backwards letters strewn throughout. Misspellings are frequent and have been annotated in italics.
The titles of the drawings follow
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The drawings in grades 2-6 are numbers, several pages are lacking. Drawings are on both the front and back of the pages. Pages measure 9" x 12" . To view images click:
(Inventory #: 27019938)