Around the World in 1,000 Pictures

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A Photographic Encyclopedia
to Travel to Foreign Lands.
Edited by A. Milton Runyon and Vilma F. Bergane;
Published by Doubleday &
Company, Inc. Garden City, NY. 1954.

Around the World in 1,000 Pictures

This favorite book of mine was given to me by a dear friend about two years ago for a birthday, ‘It looked like something you’d like?’ (Which I did!). My thoughtful and intelligent friend has a keen eye for gift giving don’t you think? So come on, let’s go visit the world in 1954 through pictures and cute captions... not all 1,000 though.

Trinidad and the Virgin Islands

Trinidad: ‘On drive over the saddle to Maracas Bay you pause here. Most colorful and polyglot of all the West Indies islands, Trinidad is home of the Calypso, the satirical and haunting folk songs. As you walk though the streets of the capital, Port of Spain, you’re likely to encounter East Indians, Hindus, British, Spanish, French, Chinese, Africans, Americans. There are Moslem mosques, Hindu Temples, bazaars. Port of Spain is 9 hours flying time from New York.’

Around the World in 1,000 Pictures - Hawaii

Hawaii: ‘You won’t be able to match the skill of these surfboard riders at first try, but the simpler styles are not hard to learn. First successful ride is a great thrill.’

Around the World in 1,000 Pictures - Cuba

Cuba: ‘Paseo de Marti (formerly ‘The Prado’) runs from the center of Havana to the sea wall. Treelined, it reminds you of the Champs-Élysées, with its sidewalk cafés.’

Around the World in 1,000 Pictures - France

France: ‘Biarritz, on Bay of Biscay, is one of France’s most fashionable resorts. It’s 7-mile beach, mild climate attracted Napolean III, Empress Eugenie, other royalty.’

Visit *here* to see more 'foreign lands', like Mexico and Australia and Switzerland! :)


mothersvea said...

the book is looking beautiful! and you have been "tagged" dear!

Midnight traveller said...

Your friend really does have a keen eye for presents!

Gabbi said...

~This is my first blog award EVER dear Mothersvea :) Thank you! Such an honor....xoxo

~Does doesn't she? She's a genius when it comes to stuff like that. :) Thank you dear Traveller!

Certain Creatures said...

what a lovely book full of vintage pictures! I have a similar one here at home and I find it so interesting to flip through it..
I love the colours of the first photo you posted ;)

Gabbi said...

~Thank you Francesca! Old books are great aren't they... I'd love to see yours. Future Certain Creatures post maybe? :)

Couture Carrie said...

What gorgeous photos, Gabbi!

I especially love the surfing one!


Sam said...

Now that's what I call a present! Lucky you! That book is my idea of heaven - it's full of awesomely interesting photos - that are super retro AND the book is a historical piece in itself - pure bliss!

Gabbi said...

~thank you dear cc, that's a favorite of mine also. reminds me of gidget!

~i couldn't agree more dear sam, there's even something magical in the smell of them :) hope you're having a great week...xoxo

Merylu said...

Dear Gabbi, lucky you! Your book is really amazing and inspiring. I love travelling and looking photos from all around the world. So I find these photos really great!
Thank you for sharing! Besides, they're different from common photos that you can see on travel catalogues!
Have a nice day!
Kiss =*

michiko said...

You are so lucky! Such a beautiful book, perfect present. Thanks for sharing the beautiful images!

Gabbi said...

~Thank you dear Mary, I'm glad you liked them! I hope you're having a lovely weekend... I think my little mushrooms have arrived. I have to wait till I get home from work to see them! :) Very excited.

~Hello dear Michiko! :) I am lucky, we've been friends for over 10 years. She's amazingly thoughtful. I always feel bad for being such a flake by comparison... Thank you for your comment, hope your week has gone well and hope you have a beautiful weekend.xoxo

G said...

Very nice gift, and also those of the previous posts, they're pretty. I liked very much the Calypso Blues on

Mary-Laure said...

Adorably retro. I love the Hawaii pic!

Gabbi said...

~Thank you Krystal! :)

~I love that song dear G, but I can't find it anywhere else. Thank you, it's always great hearing from you...

~Gracias Mary-Laure, that's one of my favorites also. Hope your weekend is going well!xo

G said...

¡Gracias por el award, Gabbi! Calypso Blues is here, I heard it thanks to you:

Gabbi said...

~This is awesome, thank you dear G! I'd been looking for that song for a while now... :)

the asherette said...

oh this is wonderful! i can't believe i only now found this post. now i want to go to hawaii. i just wish everyone wore such stylish swim suits.

Gabbi said...

~Thank you dear Asherette, I agree about the swimsuits, old fashioned styles are adorable.xoxo

Design Lovely said...

I love that old surfer pic!


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