Ang Wyman’s Eye Candy

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I’m a long-time fan of (and contributor to) Ang Wyman’s flickr group Eye Candy, which features “Trippy Hippy kids books from the 60’s and 70’s .” Ang — a Brooklyn-based artist and instructor — also started a blog recently to document her personal collection of kids’ book insanity. She describes the collection perfectly:

These are all kid’s books from the early 60’s to the late 70’s that I began collecting as public libraries were deaccessionizing (having yard sales of well-thumbed books). The trippy hippy psychedelic years, when kids books were saturated with acid colors and contained a graphic punch; bell bottom figures melting into landscapes, Brit Mod Supergraphics made of zipatone and cellotak, art noveau figurative swirliness and visionary hallucinatory scenarios. The books contain an underlying optimism of utopic eco-friendly promises, or offbeat amateur artist published awkward drawings and I like even the goofy celebratory commercial work of 70’s faux predigested hippiness.

Thank you Ang for sharing some images on AJRMS.

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01 Nicolas Sidjakov, illus. for A Lodestone and a Toadstone by Irene Elmer, 1969
Nicolas Sidjakov, illus. for A Lodestone and a Toadstone by Irene Elmer, 1969
via Ang Wyman blog / flickr

02 Nicole Claveloux, illus. for Gertrude and The Mermaid by Richard Hughes, 1971
Nicole Claveloux, illus. for Gertrude and The Mermaid by Richard Hughes, 1971
via Ang Wyman blog / flickr

03 Peter Max, Paper Airplane Book, 1971
Peter Max, Paper Airplane Book, 1971
via Ang Wyman blog / flickr

04 Tim Lewis, illus. for Help! I Am the Mother of a Teen-Age Girl by Lois Wyse, 1966 2
Tim Lewis, illus. for Help! I Am the Mother of a Teen-Age Girl by Lois Wyse, 1966
via Ang Wyman blog / flickr

05 Alan Aldridge, The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast, 1973
Alan Aldridge, The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast, 1973
via Ang Wyman blog / flickr

06 "Tricks or Treats" by Bill Martin, Jr., Illustrated by Jim Spanfeller, Handlettering by Ray Barber, 1979
Tricks or Treats by Bill Martin, Jr., Illustrated by Jim Spanfeller, Handlettering by Ray Barber, 1979
via Ang Wyman blog / flickr

07 Allen Say, Under the Cherry Blossom Tree, 1974
Allen Say, Under the Cherry Blossom Tree, 1974
via Ang Wyman blog / flickr

08 Ellen Raskin, Moose, Goose and Little Nobody, 1974 2
Ellen Raskin, Moose, Goose and Little Nobody, 1974
via Ang Wyman blog / flickr

09 Heinz Edelmann, Andromedary SR!, 1970
Heinz Edelmann, Andromedary SR!, 1970
via Ang Wyman blog / flickr

10 Seymour Chwast, Sleepy Ida and Other Nonsense Poems by Steven Kroll, 1977 (endpapers)
Seymour Chwast, Sleepy Ida and Other Nonsense Poems by Steven Kroll, 1977 (endpapers)
via Ang Wyman blog / flickr

11 John Alcorn, Pocahontas in London, 1967
John Alcorn, Pocahontas in London, 1967
via Ang Wyman blog / flickr

12 Ed Powers, M for Monster- A monster joke book, 1965
Ed Powers, M for Monster- A monster joke book, 1965
via Ang Wyman blog / flickr

13 Donna Sloan, Fat Cat's Craft and Coloring Book, 1971
Donna Sloan, Fat Cat’s Craft and Coloring Book, 1971
via Ang Wyman blog / flickr

14 Alan E. Cober, Winter's Eve, 1969
Alan E. Cober, Winter’s Eve, 1969
via Ang Wyman blog / flickr

15 Alain Le Foll, The Very Obliging Flowers, 1968
Alain Le Foll, The Very Obliging Flowers, 1968
via Ang Wyman blog / flickr

16 Larry Bowser, Big Mother Goose, The Book of Psychedelic Nursey Rhymes, 1971
Larry Bowser, Big Mother Goose, The Book of Psychedelic Nursery Rhymes, 1971
via Ang Wyman blog / flickr

17 Nicolas Sidjakov, illus. for A Lodestone and a Toadstone by Irene Elmer, 1969 1
Nicolas Sidjakov, illus. for A Lodestone and a Toadstone by Irene Elmer, 1969
via Ang Wyman blog / flickr

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