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This is an actual double-spread, 2-page illustration removed from the vintage first edition of the 1949 cookbook, "The Fireside Cook Book" by James Beard (the book itself had lost its spine and was too damaged to be sold intact). Illustration by Alice and Martin Provensen.

Condition issues: Distinct crease down the middle, the center fold of the page. Tiny holes along crease from where pages were sewn in binding. Small stains in the text border at bottom. Edges browned with age.

Please note: Image 1 here shows a detail (and more accurate color); Image 2 shows entire double-page spread. Page size is approximately 14-3/4 x 9-7/8 inches. The reverse is text and some small illustrations.

Sunny, colorful illustration shows a fisherman wrapping a fish (a flounder or fluke, I think) in newspaper as a seagull watches. In the background is a lively scene of a wharf, tourists, chandler shop, fishing boats, nets, and ocean. Text in script at bottom is the proverb, "There are as many good fish in the Sea as ever came out of it".

The noted American author-illustrator team of Alice and Martin Provensen created more than 50 children's books, among other projects, and were twice awarded the Caldecott Medal. Martin designed Kellogg's Tony the Tiger character.

"The Fireside Cook Book" is chock-full of the Provensens' witty artwork, and is a really nice general cookbook (1,217 recipes!) with 1940s flair. It's worth seeking out a good used copy. This copy wasn't good, but I couldn't let such fine pictures go to waste.

This handsome page of vintage illustration and culinary history would look wonderful framed. Fun decor for seafood restaurant or shop, or beach house kitchen!


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Fresh Fish vintage 1949 illustration page Alice and Martin Provensen seafood fisherman wharf fishing boat - Free U.S. shipping


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Material: vintage illustration
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