Wednesday, September 27, 2017

the explosion of children's books


before the victorian era, in the west we had this tendency to treat children as "little adults." the victorian developed the idea of "toy books", colorful picture books for pre-school children (an new market for graphic design). walter crane is one of the most influential designers of children's pictures books (above, top, Crane's Railroad Alphabet, 1865, being a notable example).  
he is not the only one. check below aladin's lamp by edmund dulac (1882-1953) courtesy monster brains.


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