Cover Love: Belles on Their Toes

A look at some of the various covers the book Belles on Their ToesBelles on Their Toes by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey has had, and a link to my thoughts on the book:

Belles on Their Toes 1950 Hardcover
The 1950 hardcover version, and I love how it depicts one of the funniest scenes from the book.

Belles on Their Toes Collage

I like how these two relate to each other – the 1984 paperback on the left, and the 2003 paperback on the right. The way they took the image from the 1984 cover and make it look like a photograph that’s been tossed down on the 2003 cover makes me smile.

Belles on Their Toes 2013 Kindle
This is the cover for the version I read – the Kindle cover!

Belles on Their Toes 2001 French edition aka Six Filles a Marier

And this might be my favorite, not because of the cover image so much as the translated title! Unless I’ve forgotten all the French I ever learned, the was published as “Six Girls to Marry.” Which, while true, would make me think the book had a different focus than it really did.

Which cover is your favorite?

The “Cover Love” series is inspired by the “Judging Books by Their Covers” series previously run at Quirky Bookworm.

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  1. That 1984 cover is SO EIGHTIES. I’m not sure what exactly makes it that way, since it’s not like the clothes or hair are eighties-styles, but looking at it, you just know it was published in the eighties or early nineties. The full-cover picture, maybe? The style of the painting of the people? I know we’ve talked about how you can tell an edition’s country of origin by the cover (German and British covers tend to have definite styles vs. American ones), but I guess you can kind of tell the decade, too!

    • I don’t know, but I thought the same thing, but I also thought the 1950s cover just looked like that era. I find it fascinating how cover styles change! (Obviously, I find covers fascinating, since I keep posting in this series – I love comparing covers!)

      Maybe a combo of the full cover picture, the text box at the bottom, and the font style? But I love how the other version uses that picture and updates the cover. Sometimes designers are so clever.

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