Did I tell you about my love for vintage Golden Guides? We had some, including all of the above, when I was a child. Two years ago, when I prepared to open the store, I was obsessed with collecting them to sell. I got them at library sales and on Ebay. I sold them at my cost, just because I wanted people to have them. And I am happy to say that they are one of the things that really rang a bell with customers, that they wanted for themselves and their friends.
The nature guides are the most well known, but there are also regional guides, like this one of The Everglades and Florida Keys, published in 1960. Florida and the Everglades have changed a lot since then. If you want to know more about that in an easy to digest way, read the zany Carl Hiassen books. He writes wonderful books for kids too (middle school age-ish). Hoot was popular around here. I liked it as much (maybe more) as my kids did.
The American Southeast, 1959
I tell you I am almost afraid to look at these books,
so much has changed since then.
Lots of pictures, just enough information.
Appealing pocket size and simplicity.