75 Penguins for penguins 75th


This year is penguins 75th birthday ,the idea of Allen Lane who wanted to provide cheap books for the masses ,the orginals where 6pennys ,very cheap at the time and had the design classic orange /white /orange strips ,On the picture i feature a row of different strip designs the earliest is my 1940’s George Bernard Shaw ,I ve try to use all ages of books from 50’s onwards .This year to celebrate penguin has brought out the decades series using a group of designs with connections to the choosen decade ,my favourite in picture is my 3 vol Proust as i have yet to read it .

Habe you a favourite penguin ?

24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Thomas at My Porch
    May 18, 2010 @ 23:55:41

    I am going to cheat and say that my favorite Penguin is “Penguin by Design” because it is full of lots of fabulous pictures of other Penguin books. I am definitely partial to the early designs. And the special edition leather bound set of six done by Bill Emberg.


  2. winstonsdad
    May 19, 2010 @ 00:11:57

    thanks for your first comment thomas ,yes something womderful about classic ,i got the postcards last year they had loads of wonderful covers ,all the best stu


  3. amymckie
    May 19, 2010 @ 00:23:52

    So many pretty books! How could I choose? 😉 I’m actually not sure which one I would choose though…


  4. Iris
    May 19, 2010 @ 07:24:36

    I don’t think I could choose. I’m curious about the decades series though..


  5. Teresa (Lovely Treez Reads)
    May 19, 2010 @ 08:37:06

    Ah, Proust and the Madeleines,(good name for a band?) brings me back to my uni days. Simple is best, I love the clean lines of the older ones.

    My daughter and I have been so engrossed in Puffin’s 70th birthday we ignored Penguin’s 75th! I only have a few Puffins from when I was little and my daughter has now requisitioned them for her shelves. Fond memories. 🙂 Thanks Stu.


    • winstonsdad
      May 19, 2010 @ 09:37:52

      i still have some puffins left ,love the band name choice it would be a good name ,all the best stu


  6. Verity
    May 19, 2010 @ 09:02:52

    Gorgeous – there are so many different designs of Penguins now. Like other commenters I love Penguin by Design and the Penguin postcards and I love the old orange covers.


    • winstonsdad
      May 19, 2010 @ 09:39:30

      i love the old orange and whites don’t see many in book sales now wish i’d picked uo more years ago ,i got the postcards they are wonderful ,all the best stu (thanks for first comment )


  7. John Self
    May 19, 2010 @ 11:26:51

    Great pic and idea, Stu! There are so many Penguins I love that I’m going to restrict myself to the ones in your pic to choose from.

    So in that case I’d go for Greene’s The Honorary Consul. I love the book – not as well known as his ‘biggies’ but a really good one, maybe his last really good book. And I love the cover, which I think is the same edition that I read years ago. Is the cover illustration by Paul Hogarth, who also did the iconic Lord of the Flies, I think?


    • winstonsdad
      May 19, 2010 @ 11:40:05

      thanks john for first comment ,yes one my favourite greenes never sure why its not as popular as the others ,all the best stu


  8. mee
    May 19, 2010 @ 11:36:39

    How exciting to see that many books! I love the idea of providing cheap books for the masses, but unfortunately here in Australia that orange white strip Penguin costs $10 and not as cheap as I’d like it to be. (I could get better quality books with better covers cheaper by a few dollars)


  9. The Book Whisperer
    May 19, 2010 @ 17:19:16

    It has to be the classics for me; the Victorian classics, that is. I am a huge fan of all things victorian but I espeically love the covers – yummy!


    • winstonsdad
      May 19, 2010 @ 22:34:13

      yes there are some lovely covers for victorian classics they always seem to have great art work ,all the best stu


  10. the little reader
    May 20, 2010 @ 01:13:49

    i love this picture! and although i haven’t read it, Everything is Illuminated always catches my eye and the Marquez book definitely jumps out at me.

    too many lovely covers to choose from. i want to jump on it!


  11. Nymeth
    May 20, 2010 @ 22:01:04

    Argh, not sure if I can pick a favourite! I love Penguin, though, and I love those vintage orange designs.


  12. Frances
    May 21, 2010 @ 01:41:14

    My favorite Penguin is actually a book not read often out of university I am afraid. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic.


  13. kiss a cloud
    May 23, 2010 @ 06:44:35

    Too many, but one that immediately comes to mind is the most recent Penguin Modern Classics edition of Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, with the girl in red walking along the beach.


    • winstonsdad
      May 23, 2010 @ 07:29:50

      that is nice i m loving the new (RED) classics that have just come out very nice ,all the best stu


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