A 2-page spread from From the Weird Mind Comes Stories, an undated, unique, handmade book, written and illustrated by Nathan Beier (born 1979). Found in a Chicago thrift store.

A 2-page spread from From the Weird Mind Comes Stories, an undated, unique, handmade book, written and illustrated by Nathan Beier (born 1979). Found in a Chicago thrift store.

A 2-page spread from Unbelievable Wins - an undated, unique, handmade book, written and illustrated by Nathan Beier (born 1979). Found in a Chicago thrift store.

A 2-page spread from Unbelievable Wins - an undated, unique, handmade book, written and illustrated by Nathan Beier (born 1979). Found in a Chicago thrift store.

A page from Unbelievable Wins - an undated, unique, handmade book, written and illustrated by Nathan Beier (born 1979). Found in a Chicago thrift store.

A page from Unbelievable Wins - an undated, unique, handmade book, written and illustrated by Nathan Beier (born 1979). Found in a Chicago thrift store.

A completed page by an unknown child from Language Helps, published by Webster in 1926.

A completed page by an unknown child from Language Helps, published by Webster in 1926.

From Language Helps, published by Webster in 1926.

From Language Helps, published by Webster in 1926.

From Language Helps, published by Webster in 1926.

From Language Helps, published by Webster in 1926.

From Language Helps, published by Webster in 1926.

From Language Helps, published by Webster in 1926.

Today marks the anniversary of the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima by the United States.
You can download a complete PDF of the 1981 book The Unforgettable Fire - Pictures Drawn By Atomic Bomb Survivors, at this link on Public Collectors’ website. It is one of the most deeply moving collections of drawings you will ever see.
From the back cover: “The art in this book was a response to a request broadcast on a morning television program in Japan for drawings from atomic bomb survivors. The results were immediate. The television station was inundated with drawings. So powerful were the survivors’ desires to share their memories that they turned to whatever materials were at hand – pencils, crayons, watercolors, Magic Markers, colored pencils, India ink – and drew on the backs of calendars, advertisements, bills, or even the paper used to cover Japanese sliding doors. Some drew on the backs of children’s scribbled papers, probably those of their grandchildren.”

Today marks the anniversary of the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima by the United States.

You can download a complete PDF of the 1981 book The Unforgettable Fire - Pictures Drawn By Atomic Bomb Survivors, at this link on Public Collectors’ website. It is one of the most deeply moving collections of drawings you will ever see.

From the back cover: “The art in this book was a response to a request broadcast on a morning television program in Japan for drawings from atomic bomb survivors. The results were immediate. The television station was inundated with drawings. So powerful were the survivors’ desires to share their memories that they turned to whatever materials were at hand – pencils, crayons, watercolors, Magic Markers, colored pencils, India ink – and drew on the backs of calendars, advertisements, bills, or even the paper used to cover Japanese sliding doors. Some drew on the backs of children’s scribbled papers, probably those of their grandchildren.”

The front cover of a silkscreened book by Christian Heidsieck, published on the occasion of the exhibition “Jungle” at Farewell Books in Austin, Texas, 2013. This stunningly great looking publication consists of 32 pages of images of heads and landscapes. You can see the rest of the publication on Heidsieck’s website.

The front cover of a silkscreened book by Christian Heidsieck, published on the occasion of the exhibition “Jungle” at Farewell Books in Austin, Texas, 2013. This stunningly great looking publication consists of 32 pages of images of heads and landscapes. You can see the rest of the publication on Heidsieck’s website.

A drawing from the booklet A Doctor Discusses Care of the Back, illustrated by John La Porta, Budlong Press Company, Chicago, IL, 1975. From the chapter “Sex and Your Back”.

A drawing from the booklet A Doctor Discusses Care of the Back, illustrated by John La Porta, Budlong Press Company, Chicago, IL, 1975. From the chapter “Sex and Your Back”.

A drawing from the booklet A Doctor Discusses Care of the Back, illustrated by John La Porta, Budlong Press Company, Chicago, IL, 1975.

A drawing from the booklet A Doctor Discusses Care of the Back, illustrated by John La Porta, Budlong Press Company, Chicago, IL, 1975.

Drawings from the booklet A Doctor Discusses Care of the Back, illustrated by John La Porta, Budlong Press Company, Chicago, IL, 1975.

Drawings from the booklet A Doctor Discusses Care of the Back, illustrated by John La Porta, Budlong Press Company, Chicago, IL, 1975.

It has been a while since I’ve indulged my love of illustrations in medical publications. If you’ve been missing this kind of post, here’s one from the booklet A Doctor Discusses Care of the Back, illustrated by John La Porta, Budlong Press Company, Chicago, IL, 1975. More from this booklet to come.

It has been a while since I’ve indulged my love of illustrations in medical publications. If you’ve been missing this kind of post, here’s one from the booklet A Doctor Discusses Care of the Back, illustrated by John La Porta, Budlong Press Company, Chicago, IL, 1975. More from this booklet to come.

What’s On The Table, What’s Being Served, by Johnie T. McDonald. A self-published collection of poetry from 1996. I picked up a copy of this rather slender book (considering its subject) at an estate sale yesterday, from the home of the late Johnie T. McDonald. The people running the sale were giving away copies of this and another book by McDonald - a nice gesture, as it seemed that there were many undistributed copies of both books that had been left behind.

What’s On The Table, What’s Being Served, by Johnie T. McDonald. A self-published collection of poetry from 1996. I picked up a copy of this rather slender book (considering its subject) at an estate sale yesterday, from the home of the late Johnie T. McDonald. The people running the sale were giving away copies of this and another book by McDonald - a nice gesture, as it seemed that there were many undistributed copies of both books that had been left behind.

Illustrations by Siostry Felicjanki from an English lesson book for Polish speakers, published by Felician Sisters, Chicago, Illinois, 1952 (second printing).

Illustrations by Siostry Felicjanki from an English lesson book for Polish speakers, published by Felician Sisters, Chicago, Illinois, 1952 (second printing).