Fred Steffen in the 1970s Childcraft Books

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* Things are a bit hectic for me at this time so, as you may have noticed, new posts will be intermittent (depending on my schedule). Sorry for that... I should be able to get back to a stable schedule in a week or two. ~ Leif


About a year ago I posted some examples of 1950s album cover art by a Chicago illustrator named Fred Steffen...

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Recently I happened upon some 'new' artwork by Steffen - this time from the 1970s. Fred Steffen provided title page artwork for each chapter in Volume 10 of the 1972 edition of Childcraft, The How and Why Library.

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Seen at actual printed size, these illustrations are bit indecipherable.

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But have a look: when we zoom in on the individual elements... they're wonderful!

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Here you can see Steffen's distinctive linear ink line style and complex but well organized use of detail.

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As a group, these illustrations have a trippy look so reminiscent of the era in which they were created.

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I don't really have any new information of Steffen, so I'll just leave you to scroll through this series and enjoy their groovy quirkiness.

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* This week, as time allows, I'll be featuring more artwork by a variety of illustrators from the 1970s editions of Childcraft, The How and Why Library.


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