Trippy Covers

Story of the Dictionary coverThe Story of the Dictionary

Submitter: Have to admit that I weeded Robert Kraske’s The Story of the Dictionary (March 1st 1975 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ) back in 2009, but I wonder how many of these titles with weird mid 1970s art are still hanging around school libraries. I looked at the spine of this one for a good ten years before I thought to look at the cover. Story of the Dictionary? Eh. Might be useful.

Love the cover of Silent Sentinels: The Story Of Locks, Vaults, And Burglar Alarms, also by Robert Kraske (Doubleday, 1969).

Now I sort of wish I had kept the books with really bad covers and used them to decorate my family room!

Holly: These are definitely some trippy covers!

Silent Sentinels cover


  1. Wow, I’m used to seeing trippy covers on the SF of that era, but it sure carried on to the non-fiction!

    The 2nd cover looks eerily like several of the Science Fiction Book Club covers I’ve seen.

  2. If “The Story of the Dictionary” was in reasonable condition, I’d keep it. Quirky books like this have legs and the cover would be an extra incentive to read.

    If you really want to get rid of it I’ll be happy to take it off your hands.

  3. If “The Story of the Dictionary” is in decent shape I’d keep it. I have a book about the history of telephone books and (believe it or not) a history of air.

    I also like the Milton Glaser inspired (or rip-off) graphics. If you’re set on getting rid of the thing I’ll put in a bid for it.

    1. The first telephone directory in the US was published in New Haven, Connecticut in 1878. I know I grew up down that way and love telephone history. I worked in telecom industry in the 1990s to 2000.

  4. The cover of Silent Sentinels looks like animation from Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

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