These Cantaloup Catala illustrations are fantastic. From what I’ve gathered, they are from a series of french children’s books produced by a chocolaterie dating back to 1814. Agence Eureka has been brilliant in digitally archiving these captivating vignettes. (I want to rob her library.)
A few springs ago, back in London, I bought my first french children’s book. It was in a “One Pound” bin near the steps of the British Museum. I was taken by the illustrations- particularly those depicting quotidian objects of war-time Europe; effectively (to a child) romanticizing war via 2x2 series of squares. One page had holiday sheet music and roasting chestnuts, the next, pictures of trench warfare, Tommy guns and artillery tanks. Pretty cool, huh? Definitely interesting to see how kids were indoctrinated into culture before shitty reality television came along. Will be posting an anatomie series soon. Long live books.
Rooting for Hands,