Planes, Trains and Automobile: The Transportation Revolution in Children's Picture Books

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Exhibit

Exhibition curated by Neil Harris, Preston and Sterling Morton Professor.

Drawn from the Encyclopaedia Britannica Collection of Children's Books formed by Henry C. Friedman, a Chicago collector, and presented to the University of Chicago Library fifty years ago by Encyclopaedia Britannica; and from a private collection, this exhibition reflects growing interest in the artistic and historical significance of children's literature. "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" examines how illustrators in several countries exploited the great changes in travel and transportation that succeeded the coming of the railroad. Books and ephemera printed in the United States and France, Russia, Great Britain and Italy are featured in the exhibition, which highlights notable series illustrated by significant artists from the period between World War I and World War II. Examples of illustrators represented include Roger Duvoisin, C. B. Falls, Herge, Marcel Jeanjean, Maud and Miska Petersham. With its emphasis on an expanding collecting field, the exhibition also suggests modes of interaction between private and institutional collections.

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catalogue 18p. (plastic spiral bound), $8.00
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