An important part of curating a great school library is the regular weeding of outdated or unused items. This morning while weeding the 600’s (applied sciences in the Dewey classification), I came across a fifty-year old title, Man the Maker: a First History of Tools and Machines, by Anne Jolliffe. (Hawthorn Books, 1967). Although dated by gender stereotypes and its depiction of 1960’s computer technology, I like the book’s mod illustrations and topic. Anne Jolliffe is a trailblazing female animator from Australia who was the talented force behind the animation of Jeremy Hillary Boob in Yellow Submarine, the animated Beatles movie. She also was instrumental in creating the psychedelic “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” sequence in that film. By the way, I decided to remove the book from the circulating collection, relocating it to my office.
Thinking about Jolliffe’s achievements reminds me of a new gem of a book about another animator, Mary Blair (1911-1978). Blair, like Joliffe, incorporated unconventional color combinations and styles. Blair worked for many years for Walt Disney Studios, overcoming gender bias in a male-dominated workplace. One of her most lasting designs is the “It’s a Small World” ride, introduced at the 1964 World’s Fair, and enjoyed by millions of visitors to Disney parks. Pocket Full of Colors, by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville, illustrated by Brigette Barrager, tells Mary’s story.