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Retro Kid

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wardomatic ADMIN May 2, 2021
Welcome to the original midcentury modern children's book Flickr group! If you can believe it, we're 16 years old (if you count the earlier incarnation of this group in 2005) and still going strong! I've cut back on my input here, but still want to keep this group alive and thriving. So, welcome! And enjoy the great art from the 1940s-70s.

- Your pal, Ward

Group Description

Welcome to the Retro Kid!

We are interested in illustrated children's books from the mid-1940's through the mid-1960's, give or take a few years. It has to have that cool, mid-century modern stylized look that was so popular during that time. Some of what I dig are books and anything illustrated by Mary Blair, JP Miller, The Provensen's, Art Seiden, Aurelius Battaglia, and the like. I'm not limiting to just these illustrators, but willing to be open to just about anything similar.

This group is not limited to just children's books, but also anything that was illustrated for kids at that time: albums, 45's, commercials, magazine ads, games, toys, etc. If it's retro, and it looks cool, let's see it! (See below for examples.)

NOTE: I, along with my Moderators, reserve the right to delete any images that we feel do not fit within the perameters of this group. Whether it be aesthetics, timeframe or whatever, if your images were taken off the Kid, then please do not re-submit them. We will take them off again and then I'll have to ban you from the group. Sorry, but rules are rules. Thanks for understanding.

Other groups to consider:

The Retro Teen: same thing as Retro Kid, only teens.
Eye Candy: 60's - 70's Children's Books
Vintage Children's Books

Mid-Century Illustration

Feel free to check out my blog, as well. Occasionally I'll talk about these books and illustrators from time to time: The Ward-O-Matic

HERE is a brief but glorious parade of wonderful examples from The Retro Kid:

Alice & Martin Provensen 1
Image courtesy of Glen Mullaly.

The Big Brass Band Record
Image courtesy of MrMack.

Mary Blair ice cream carton
Image courtesy of rock-paper-scissors.

songs for 4's and 5's
Image courtesy of Julia (Ticky Tacky).

Dr Seuss Roscoe model kit
Image courtesy of grickily.

Heinlein 2
Image courtesy of Glen Mullaly.

Upp med ridån, cover
Image courtesy of David at Klockarp Foundation.

The Horse That Liked Sandwiches
Image courtesy of Eric Sturdevant.

Image courtesy of Leif Peng.

Additional Info

  • This group will count toward the photo's limit (60 for Pro members, 30 for free members)
  • Members can post 1 thing to the pool each day.
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Art
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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