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vintage picture books

While procrastinating my duties, I stumbled into CEDOK bookstore, an online Japanese store, (I think- I don’t speak or read Japanese) and found all of these delightful illustrations in children’s picture books from 1960 – 1990’s. I couldn’t help but waste extraordinary amounts of time browsing the images.

They call to mind the books of publisher Harlin Quist an avant-garde publisher in America (1966 – 1984) who published over 60 children’s books featuring some of the finest American and European artists and illustrators. Mention of the name can bring me to tears with visual memories flooding back remembering the images of favorite books of my own childhood, Millicent the Monster being first on the list.
So, let the vintage or from-my-childhood-era reward be yours as well, I’ll show off some of the favorite illustrations I found today. I’m not sure what language is on the pages (do share if you know) and who’s the illustrator or the author, so I jotted down what info I could decipher.

Ze zahradky do zahradky, 1989, Jiri Kahoun


Postcards


Domecek z kostekj, 1961, Ela Perociova, Gabriela Dubska


Tajny lodni denik, 1966, Ladiskav Dvorsky, Jan Schmid


Sroubek v cirkuse, 1963, Marcello Argilli, Vladimir Fuka


Svetlusky, 1996, Jan Marsicek, Eva Frantova


Pahadoky pro obe usi, 1978

Nevyplazuj jazyk na Ivan, 1986, Daniel Hevier, Kveta Pacovska

Karlicka a bily konik, 1968, illustrated by Branka Jurcova, Kveta Pacovska

Millicent the Monster childrens’ book


The show on Radio West today was called: The Book Bizarre, “A list of bizarre books for this most foolish of holidays. From fake works like the book on silence – consisting of entirely blank pages – to serious tomes with titles like “Inquiry into the Medicinal Value of the Excreta of Reptiles,” our team of local booksellers has seen it all.”

I throughly enjoyed this episode, I found myself madly scribbling down titles authors and publishers, and reminiscing on books I’ve already read (Geek Love by Katherine Dunn) Then someone mentioned the publisher Harlin Quist and the children’s books they published in the 70’s. When “Millicent the Monster” was mentioned it was like I suddenly stepped back in time. I’ve had pictures from this book in my head all my life but have never been able to put any words or a title to the book the pictures came from. Finally all my memories came together into an organized place. I found a copy online and now I’ve got it back again. A bit crazier than I remember but a bit of crazy is what makes any book, especially childrens’ books so good.

Now if I could just find some more info on Iris the Virus- a kids TV show from back in the day. Anyone recall it?