Rocket Book by Peter Newell
New York : Harper & Brothers, c1912
- “The Rocket Book” by Peter Newell, an important American illustrator,
published in 1912. The upward progress of a rocket, lit in the basement
by the janitor's son, causes some strange situations as it passes
through twenty floors of apartments.
Take a look and
enjoy the way the rocket, set off by young Fritz in the basement
of a building, travels up through the many different apartments
on the floors above. “The book has a hole in every one of the
pages where the rocket bursts a hole through the floor,” said
Lee Ann Potter, the director of the learning and innovation office
at the Library of Congress. “It’s so tactile and yet so old.”
highlight of this book for Friends of the Phonograph is when
the rocket goes through the 11th floor of the building which has a
phonograph in the room. "I never heard that record played
Newell, Peter, and Juvenile Collection.
The Rocket Book. New York: Harper & Brothers, . Patterson Gift, 1912.
Retrieved from Library of Congress Pdf.
“The Rocket Book,” by Peter Newell
Courtesy of The Library of Congress
When suddenly the rocket, hot,
The old piano jumbled!
It stopped that rag-time like a shot,
Then through the ceiling rumbled.