Friday, 15 June 2012

Day 28 - Newcastle

With a hop, skip and a jump, we find ourselves in Newcastle, home to Newcastle United Football Club, otherwise known as the magpies. This book, Birds One Should Know features magpies on the cover and comes from MoDA’s collection of wildlife books.

Birds One Should Know, by Rev. Canon Theodore Wood, London: Gay & Haycock Ltd, 1925, Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, BADDA2918

Magpies have a reputation for being mischievous scamps, stealing shiny objects and featuring in the superstitious nursery rhyme. But here, the idea of the thieving magpie is turned around as this cover shows the magpies' caring side as it feeds its young.

The designer of this cover has displayed both sides of the books subheading, 'Beneficial and Mischievous', through this illustration. A clever idea.

The Olympic athlethes had better keep an eye on their medals with these guys around!

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