Bob Seecof has put together this post on a selection of blookish bookends for your enjoyment:
1. Nude on Book. These would be blooks if the nude were concealed within the book, but she is proudly perched on the Blookend because she is a nineteen twenties girl, newly liberated by the feminist movement of her day.
2. Elephant and Books. It is not possible to conceal an elephant in a book, but these are metal replicas of very small books from the Little Leather Library which was sold in the nineteen twenties and elephants weight the Blookends.
3. Cherub and Butterfly. There is a book in the cherubs left hand. The red book behind the cherub is meant to support books on a shelf.
4. Devoted Monk. Monks are a favorite subject for Arts and Crafts style bookends. This monk reads a book, probably the Bible. He must be of a mendicant order because he has no shoes.
6. Scopes Monkey. In 1925 John Thomas Scopes was convicted of teaching evolution to High School students in a trial given national publicity. This forlorn chimpanzee is reading a book inscribed Essays in Evolution.
7. Darwin’s Ancestor. This ape sits on three books, labeled from top to bottom: History, New Testament, and Old Testament. His book is inscribed Origin of Species by Ch. Darwin.
8. Hiawatha. Arts and Crafts-style bookends sometimes displayed titles or passages from classic books. Here we have passages from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem-Hiawatha with accompanying pine boughs and pine cones.
9. Gerdago Girl. This lady is dressed for reading deco literature.