Antique Dutch children’s book archive

Published:  January 17, 2014
Antique Dutch children’s book archive

Dutch archive The Memory of The Netherlands holds the online records to much of the country’s visual history, including the comprehensive documentation of children’s storybooks from the period 1810 to 1950. Many of the book’s interiors are also scanned, allowing a privileged look past the covers, and how these stories were told through illustration.

As the styles changed from the highly decorative manner recognisable as elaborate Victoriana, to the mid-century simplicity and reduction of form, a viewer is also witnessing the cultural shifts of Europe through the creative crafts, a reminder that illustration, even isolated from graphic design or the application for social issues, is still a recording device of the society around it, as much as a newspaper or history book.

From Picture books from 1810 to 1950 of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek , the Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam ,Bibliotheek Rotterdam , Stadsarchief en Athenaeumbibliotheek Deventer

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