Vintage Children’s Books!

We’ve been finding a few beautiful vintage children’s books lately that we wanted to make sure to blog about.  Book illustrators have always been at the cutting edge of graphic design, especially during the middle decades of the 20th century.  We found this one on a thrifting trip a few weeks back.

The first is a Danish children’s book called Jesu Fødsel (which roughly translates to The Nativity), illustrated by Emile D. Probst and published in 1967.  We haven’t been able to find out much information about Probst, other than the artist flourished in the 1960s and illustrated mainly Danish children’s books.

We especially like the style of Probst’s faces — it’s very reminiscent of medieval Greek Orthodox iconography, but with a decidedly Scandinavian flare that reminds us of Bjorn Wiinblad’s art.


  1. Reply
    Susan August 19, 2011

    Very cool! Such a find!

  2. Reply
    Tom August 21, 2011

    Nice! I have been spending an inordinate amount of time at Goodwill (Dearborn and Burien) recently – I am the dude in the lady’s lingerie department looking for stuff to wear at Burning Man! I should look in the books section more often – I always assume the bar-code-scanners leave only John Grisham behind. Though I did score a dozen Tintin hardbacks in Spanish a year ago.

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