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One-of-a-kind pages from Bob Gurr's 'Design Just for Fun' available through Ape Pen Publishing
By Chuck Schmidt

Ape Pen Publishing, the folks who brought Disney legend Bob Gurr’s “Design Just for Fun” book to life, is offering a unique way to further enjoy the seminal work.

Ape Pen is making available “limited edition and one-of-a-kind — signed by Bob Gurr — proof pages” for purchase.

Each page — a work of art unto itself — features a special design, using one of the original proof pages from Gurr’s “Design Just for Fun” book.

What’s a proof page, you ask?

I have a copy of the Collector’s Edition of Bob’s “Design Just for Fun,” and most of the pages are stunning; indeed, narrowing your selection to just one page would be difficult.

Gurr, of course, designed many of the most revered attractions for Disney’s theme parks, among them Disneyland’s Autopia cars; Matterhorn Mountain; the Submarine Voyage; the monorail; the PeopleMover, and the parking lot trams used throughout Disney properties.

The frame is large, measuring 5 feet x 25 inches, and includes the five pages from the book detailing the evolution of the breakthrough Lincoln Audio-Animatronics figure for the state of Illinois pavilion at the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair.

All five pages are signed by Gurr. Also included in the frame are two original 1967 Disneyland tickets to Disneyland’s Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln show, as well as a Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln sign.

"I don't think anyone has ever done this (putting together individual page proofs of a book as works of art)," Ms. Thie said. "I will only sell them framed and matted. I try to do each one with something vintage, unique, something that makes it stand out ... if at all possible."

And as Ape Pen says on its website, “Once its gone, its gone!”

For more information, go to www.apepenpublishing.com.

According to Ape Pen, it’s “a trial proof printed from type that has been made up in page form, usually after corrections have been made, but before plates are made. There was only one set made of each page from Bob Gurr’s book. If you have a page you want made, contact us.”

So, if Page 62 strikes your fancy, just contact Ape Pen and they’ll get the process rolling.

"Each page would be framed and designed as a one-of-a kind piece," said Carlene Thie of Ape Pen. "I try to make each one unique and captivating to the eye." Prices vary with each piece, Ms. Thie added.

He also played a major role in the development of Audio-Animatronics and the Omnimover ride system, among many other achievements.

Most of the pages in “Design Just For Fun” feature rare photos as well as Gurr’s own hand drawings of attractions in the early stages of development, which makes this offering of one-of-a-kind proof pages so intriguing.

Perhaps the most powerful piece being offered is the Abraham Lincoln collection, which is truly a magnificent work of art.

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