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1990s

Vintage Dinosaur VHS: Dinosaurs (the Official Natural History Museum video)

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Some years back – well, in 2019, but 2019 feels like a very long time ago now – I reviewed the Eyewitness Dinosaur video, released on VHS in 1994. While I happened to own that one back in the day, Dave Hone (for it was he) recently drew my attention to another early ’90s dinosaur-related video that had, somehow, escaped my childhood gaze. (My parents probably didn’t let me hang around for long enough in the Natural History Museum gift…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art – Graveyards of the Dinosaurs

Vintage Dinosaur Art

I always enjoy receiving books from overseas that date to my childhood, but were never released in the UK (or if they were, were really well hidden) – there’s a special fascination in seeing what contemporary, for example, American kids were reading while I was devouring The Ultimate Dinosaur Book and Dinosaurs! magazine (er, the UK version). Graveyards of the Dinosaurs was (very kindly) sent to me from the US by Herman Diaz – thanks once again, Herman. It features a…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Dinosaur Alphabet Book – Part 2

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Carrying on from last time! The woes of 2021 drove me to the occasional book shopping spree, and as a result I’ve got at least another year’s worth of VDA books on my shelf. If I recall, this book was a fortunate find on Dutch web shopping giant Bol punt com. I was unfamiliar to it but it turns out that a lot of you grew up with this one, so I hope you enjoy part two of this trip…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Dinosaur Alphabet Book – Part 1

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I love a good alphabet book. The fact that the author has to find one animal for each letter inevitably means they have to make a lot of choices. Some letters have lots of candidates – Do we put Tyrannosaurus or Triceratops under ‘T”? – which means painful cuts need to be made. Other letters, like Q and Z, only have some deeply obscure taxa that you wouldn’t otherwise see in a mainstream dinosaur book. At the same time, the…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Reuzen Uit De Oertijd – Part 2

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We’re back again today with the ecelctic Reuzen Uit De Oertijd, or Discoveries’ Dinosaurs, the Australian not-quite-Eyewitness-level nineties nostalgiavaganza featuring a plethora of works by different artists. Many of you told us you remember this one from your childhoods, so I hope I’m not going to ruin your opinion of it too much. Since last we spoke, I have returned this book to its actual owner, so all I’ve got left is the scans. I’m sure there’s enough in here…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Reuzen Uit De Oertijd – Part 1

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They say you can tell a lot about a person from looking at their bookshelf, and recently I found out that my friend Bas was the kind of person who had a dinosaur book from the nineties that I hadn’t seen yet. Those are the best kind of people. Bas has good memories of his childhood dinosaur phase and of this book in particular. Of course, I just had to borrow it, and since an opportunity to return it is…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Dinosaurs At Your Fingertips

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Happy New Year! Last month, I promised you I’d take an in-depth look at the dinosaur designs from The Land Before Time, and I’m still going to, but life, uh, got in the way (not least because there was a podcast to edit). Today, to cleanse the palate, I’m going to give you something small and quick and dirty and a little bit ridiculous. This is a book I found in my attic. It’s dusty, slightly battered from years of…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Dinosaur Lives

Uncategorized Vintage Dinosaur Art

While old dinosaur books are a finite resource, as this blog grinds inexorably on – as years become decades, as countless sentient beings live, die and are consigned to oblivion by the unfeeling laws of an immeasurably vast universe, as my bones weary and ache and my teeth develop irritating, expensive faults – so we are able to increase the scope of our Vintage Dinosaur Art posts. Our sole criterion has always been that the books we cover should be…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: A Night in the Dinosaur Graveyard

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Halloween may have been a month ago, but it’s never too late for SPOOKINESS! The idea of ghostly apparitions haunting the living in the form of prehistoric animals from the Mesozoic era has seldom been explored in children’s fiction, but the child-friendliness of it seems obvious in hindsight. Kids love dinosaurs. Kids love spooky ghost stories. Kids also love rainbow holograms. And so Templar Publishing saw fit to combine all three in A Night in the Dinosaur Graveyard, a “fast-paced,…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Great Dinosaurs – Part 5

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Gather round everyone, it’s time for the fifth and final look we’re having at the fabulous book of The Great Dinosaurs, the swan song of the great Zdeněk Špinar, who died shortly after publishing this book, and the artistic masterpiece of his fellow Czech Jan Sovák. Here are part one, part two, part three and part four, if you’ve missed them. There’s been a healthy number of comments and discussions under each of these so let’s see if we can…

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