I am looking for your stories and, if you have them, pictures about your time as members of the Puffin Club from it’s launch in 1967 through to its end in the early 1980’s.
I’m currently pulling everything together for a book to celebrate the Puffin Club in all its glory while us old birds can still remember it all. This is my thank you to the club as 2017 will see its fiftieth anniversary!
We now have a brand new address and a new look!
Despite the lack of a fifth (let alone a fourth) birthday celebration for the new Puffin Post, this is the photo-montage for the celebratory issue of Puffin Post by Jill McDonald. Something of a return to her previous use of photos and other material in conjunction with her unique and idiosyncratic artwork.
I have been away doing lots of other things, feeling safe in the knowledge that a Puffin Post/Puffin Club thing was out there for those that wanted it.
Sadly, I have just received the early Christmas card from the fab team at The Book People, who have been running and publishing the Puffin Post Club, and the news is that they will no longer be running it after Christmas.
Whether this means that it is going to disappear completely, or that Pearson (who own the Puffin brand) will take it on in-house, is not clear.
Despite the challenges of a book club for children in an age when they are increasingly print illiterate, I hope that it can still survive.
In the meantime, here is the first episode of the wonderful Odway strip by Jill McDonald.
We all find it hard to work to a timetable – it restricts us and binds us, but this is a lovely one that was given away to Puffineers courtesy of the pen of Jill McDonald. Its only downside is that I would have hated to write on it and ruin its beautiful proportions and balance.
This picture was forwarded to me by Nick Campbell who used one of my restorations on a great article on Kaye Webbs biography. His blog is well worth visiting and is very well written.
This is one of the pictures that have been placed online by the guys at Seven Stories.
This is a picture from the Kaye Webb Archive, and it is evidently a picture of a small part of the body of work that Jill MacDonald created in her time at Puffin.
I know that times are tough, but I would urge support of the work that is done at Seven Stories. The care of literature for children is so important.
Due to requests and comments – here is a link to Kaye’s page at the Seven Stories website
I received my Four year members badge attached to one of these, but it was so badly crumpled and torn by the badge that it eventually disintegrated. This is a nicely reconstructed one. Like the founders card, it’s about A6 in size. The badge, as regular visitors to the site will know, is black! And yes, I still proudly wear mine….pinned to my battered bush hat.
I love the treatment of the ‘4’! It’s something that Jill seemed to do without any effort.
I don’t know if the new club intends on doing the same thing. From what I’ve seen, it looks like the new badge changes colour each year.
|Founders card with badge attached
Here’s the Founder card, purchased at great expense! Most of these were crumpled up, lost or just thrown away!
As regular visitors to the blog will know, I was pipped to the post by the author of ‘Puffin by Design’ for one of these a while ago, and it took a fair bit of searching, waiting, and just plain luck to get hold of this.
This one needed a fair bit of restoring to its current minty fresh look.
It’s a great example of Jill’s lovely calligraphy and a great way to see both styles of her graphic design work.
Sorry I haven’t been up to the mark for a long while – it’s been……well, you know how it is.
This lovely image was one of Jill’s ‘banner’ illustrations that appeared on the opening pages of Puffin Post.
The mysterious letter was one from Prince Philip (D of E) congratulating Puffineers for raising money to buy the length of coast that is still a Puffin Sanctuary.
For those of you with an enquiring mind into the history of Puffinalia, there are two new publications available which may be of interest. The first is the biography of Kaye Webb – ‘So Much To Tell‘ by Valerie Grove. The second is the previously mentioned ‘Puffin by Design: 70 Years of Imagination 1940 – 2010‘ by Phil Baines. I have, as yet, not read these books, so I am not in a position to recommend or criticise either of them.