Friday, January 13, 2017

Cool illustrations: The New Human Interest Library (Part 13)

For this Friday the 13th, here is Part 13 of the examination of the great illustrations inside 1929's The New Human Interest Library. Shown below are pages 87, 88 and 89 from the section titled "Toymaking." Here is first paragraph of that section, which includes the word "keen":
"Children in all periods of the world's history have shown an interest in toys. Recent excavations in Egypt, Mesopotamia and Tripoli have brough to light dolls, carts, horns, animals forms and other toys played with by children from three to five thousand years ago. The interest in toys is just as keen today; more are produced now than at any other time in history."
The pages below show creative ideas and tips for making toy dogs, cats, elephants, birds, mice and more. These pages have been repurposed from the Macmillan book Teaching of Industrial Arts, according to the credit at the bottom of the pages.

I like how some of the toys take their inspiration from other cultures and pieces of art — prints, weavings and brocades.

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