2,000 Members

wardomatic 7:14am, 9 November 2008
How did I miss this? We reached a major MAJOR milestone for The Retro Kid recently: 2,000 members! I guess it's safe to say that we've hit the big-time, now. This is quite an accomplishment.

On behalf of myself, Glen and Julia, I want to say from the bottom of my heart THANK YOU. Thank you for sharing with us your fantastic images of various vintage children's books and games, etc. Thank you all for your interest in this group and for making it as big a hit as it is! We couldn't have done it without you.

Now that we've hit 2,000, I thought it would be appropriate to do a role call. We've done it before, but it kinda got lost in the mix with other discussions. Plus, that was some time ago. I'd like to start it up again, with all you guys (& newbies!) saying hi, telling us who you are, where you're from, why you joined the Retro Kid, what sort of thing you do (if you'd like), etc. Nothing serious, just for fun. If you don't feel comfortable with exposing too much details about yourself, no need to worry. You don't have to.

I'll start off: I'm Ward Jenkins, and I started this group back in 2005. I have a blog called The Ward-O-Matic. I'm an animator & illustrator (my site) living in Portland, Oregon. I'm married, with two kids. I love old illustrations as you might've guessed. I've been collecting vintage books & ephemera for several years now, but I wanted to see more. So I decided to start up this group and see what my fellow friends had in their collection. And it's been such a great thing to witness.

So, who are you? I'd like to meet you!
wardomatic 8 years ago
Okay, so I'm going to assume that everyone is asleep....
Glen Mullaly PRO Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Glen Mullaly (moderator) 8 years ago
My name is Glen Mullaly... and I'm a Retro Kid. I've been a member since early 2007, but have been regularly visiting the group since late 2005 or early 2006. In fact, it was the Retro Kid group that finally convinced me to abandon my non-club joining ways and sign up to this flickr thing in the first place (I hold you responsible Ward!).

I'm an illustrator and sorta writer based in Victoria, B.C. Canada (the hometown of a couple of the creators of Vancouver-born flickr). I have an illustration site that features my work, which is often influenced by the talented illustrators of the 1950 and 60s featured on Retro Kid, and a blog too.

I've been collecting vintage magazines, books and paper for 10 years or more, but the discovery of the Retro Kid (along with the Mid Century Illustrated group) has expanded the scope and depth of my interest a hundred fold. Without it I would never have learned about dozens or hundreds of illustrators and publications that I now love.

Thanks Ward!
Glen Mullaly PRO Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Glen Mullaly (moderator) 8 years ago
I guess everyone is asleep...
allerleirau 8 years ago
Hi, my name is Luise, I am an actress from Berlin, Germany and I just woke up ;)
I've only been a flickr member since about a month, and this is one of my favourite groups. I find the whole flickr universe so inspiring, I love to look into other peoples worlds...

Since I was a little girl, I loved looking at books for hours, forgetting everything around me. I still love books with lots of pictures, be it illustration or photography. I guess I'm just a very visual person, beeing interested in films, filmmaking, photography, typography, illustration, graphic design, architecture, and - well, arts in generel.

Other then that, I like traveling, hiking, singing, eating, Berlin, scottish accents, the german forest, sleeping, dancing, talking, reading, baking, exploring, observing, planting, dreaming...

Anyway, I think I'll have breakfast now :) Thank you for this fantastic group, and congrats on 2000 members!

wardomatic 8 years ago
Nice to meet you, Luise! Welcome to the group and hope that you find enough inspiration for all your endeavors!
Dyna Moe Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Dyna Moe (member) 8 years ago
I've been a member of Retro Kid for over two years and have never contributed a single item (so didn't want to comment too early in the roll call).

My incredibly space-limited and overpriced-antique New York City lifestyle precludes be from actually collecting so I'm a vintage voyeur and I am hugely grateful to Retro Kid for filling that vacancy in my life.

I'm an illustrator/designer mostly working for the alt-comedy and theatre scenes. I work in a lot of styles, but I love mimicking the midcentury J.P. Miller/Art Seiden look in vector.

I did a pastiche of the cast of Mad Men for a friend on the show, and it went viral. So now I am "internet famous" for Mad Men Illustrated, which I am still adding to. I make sure people know what it's referencing and link back here.
wardomatic Posted 8 years ago. Edited by wardomatic (admin) 8 years ago
Wow, great work, Dyna Moe! I remember reading something about that, but never got around to checking out the link. Glad I did now. Very nice work and a great concept. Perfect for those who love the show.

Big thanks for the reference link back to here -- It's nice to see various artists' influences and how they are inspired by the artwork shown here in The Kid and in Mid-Century Illustrated, etc. Good influences will definitely benefit you in the long run. Wonderful work!
glazedangel101 PRO 8 years ago
Hi, my names Angie, I only discovered flickr earlier this year and I'm hooked. I just started getting into embroidery again around the same time I found flickr and I hope to interpret my version of some of these illustrations into fabric and thread. I love all kinds of illustrations, but especially childrens as I'm a big kid myself. My own artwork leaves a lot to be desired, but I get so much inspiration on here and other groups its unbeleivable, hopefully I can create something worthwhile!

I've only contributed a couple of things myself, but I would like to thank all the contributors and you wardomatic for starting the group. I think flickr helps preserve these images that are so easily damaged or forgotten as we grow older and tastes of up and coming generations change.

Thanks again.
David @ The Klockarp Institute Posted 8 years ago. Edited by David @ The Klockarp Institute (member) 8 years ago
Hi I'm David, at the moment 25y/o. I would say finding Retro Kid & Flickr go hand in hand, can't say which came first, but I've been a member since mid-2006. I'm from Sweden, but I'm also a US-citizen.

I started collecting old illustrations, ads & other as material for collages, but they never were made & I drifted in to the art-history field instead.

To differ myself from the other members in this group I try to limit myself to Swedish works, and since this country has a strong tradition of children literature (due to Astrid Lindgren..?) you can find a lot of stuff.

My biggest Internet fame is probably the Sandwalls playcards & the collection of Ylva Källström iIlustrations, whose work is in the feature for this group, something that I'm grateful for. (if you ever visit Sweden, I'll get you a copy, Ward…)

I do have a lot more to bring the group, a lot of books both unscanned & scanned but not edited/uploaded, but I'm lazy…

I currently have 107 items uploaded to this group
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