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Someone tell Kate Beaton to come look at this, would ya?

So, last week, my girl and I went down to the local library and perused their sale bin where she found a well-illustrated gardening book (which I'll be scanning soon-ish and which I expect will be of some interest to [info]lord_whimsy) and I found a children's primer of Ben Franklin, "Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia". It's charmingly, although simplistically, written by Margaret Cousins, but of greater interest is that it's beautifully illustrated by the prolific and fascinating Fritz Eichenberg, a fellow about whom you should definitely read up. Up about whom ... you should ... anyway, seriously, he was neat.

Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia

I uploaded the entire set of illustrations to Flickr, which you can see here. I was going to post a few of my favorites behind a cut, but there are just too many, and I would have ended up posting more than half of them. Well. Okay, y'got me, I'll post some favorites behind the cut (they will be large).

Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia

Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia

Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia

Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia

Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia

Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia

Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia

By the way, can anyone identify by sight the typeface being used here? I'm not too proud to admit that I can't idenfity most common typefaces, particularly when it comes to these classically elegant serif types. All I know is that it's particularly beautiful, and I'd love to add it to my arsenal.

Also, this seems as good a time as any to mention how in love I am with Adobe Illustrator CS4's LiveTrace feature - I've been transforming a lot of my own art into vector art using the feature, and it works spectacularly well. I've also been playing with it using other people's illustrations, and the Eichenberg illos from this book perform amazingly well. Lord knows what I'll do with vector illos of Ben Franklin, but I got 'em, and that's something (Note to self: I can think of a lot of uses for Gluyas Williams vector illos, so get on that!)