Rand McNally Book of Nations
Rand McNally ~ 1960
When I first bought this book at an estate sale way back when, I was curious to find out who did the illustrations. An artist isn't credited, and the answer was not to be found on the online. So, today, I bring this to you all. Can any of you visual historians take a gander and see if you recognize the artist? It seems Charlie Harperish to me, but so many drew in that style, it is hard to tell. Anyone, anyone?
In particular, the animal illustrations are divine...
But anyways... completely outdated and irrelevant at this point, I love looking at these vintage world history-type children's books. The maps and the antiquated historical data...
The population of the U.S. in 1960 (178,781,000) versus today (311,991,487). New York 1960 (15,350,000) versus today (19,541,453) -- where did they put all those people!?! The complete obliteration on the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The visual split of an East Germany and a West Germany.
Oh, the times they are a changin'. One can't stop the evolution of the world markets, but with an old charmer like this, one can get a little glimpse into the way things were. Plus, anything with world flags in it floats my boat. Enjoy!
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