More Thelwell today. In case you haven’t noticed, I really like Thelwell Ponies. Norman Thelwell was a great illustrator, and his vintage prints are very entertaining. I know (and like) him best for his famous “Thelwell Ponies”. Those charming illustrations with the little girls and their tubby-bodied little horses have a natural appeal. Whether it’s humor, or just a bit of homespun horse sense, Norman had a deft hand. There’s a very comfortable feeling to his illustrations. And loads of personality. This one involved choosing a horse. And given her age, it’s probably the little girl’s first horse. The text reads “Finding a reliable pony is not easy-” , followed by “Professional Advice Should Be Sought.” She’s approaching a semi-circle of 6 ponies, each with a different temperament. The four in the middle don’t match up with the normal Thelwell style of pony, so I’d guess the two on the outside edge are the ones she’s supposed to choose. Maybe more specifically the one on the little girl’s left, because he’s drawn in more detail. Or maybe not. I’m just guessing because I like to imagine the back-story in these pictures. There’s a strong possibility that there’s some ‘insider’ humor here that I’m missing. That’s quite alright with me. The humor I do get, the story being told, and personalities so obvious, are plenty to enjoy. If someone ‘gets it’ better than I do, that’s okay. As with the other vintage art prints from this series, this one comes from the 1964 first edition printing of “Riding Academy”. Monique is amazing at finding these old prints. Not a duplicate, but an actual print from vintage publications. There’s the obvious appeal on a personal like it or don’t like it basis, but there’s also the contact with those times. The print is a touch of history, and seeing it makes me feel the sense of those times. Pretty cool.