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.
- Tresky Plesky or Kvanki Vanki: International children’s books from the collection of Rilla Alexander
- Primitive prosthesis, nightmare fodder, sailors, Linda’s all powerful hand: A tour of Curious Pages and their Recommended Inappropriate Books for Kids