Space Art in Children’s books 1950’s to 1970’s


The picture above is from the 1951 book, “The Young Adventurer’s Pocket Book of Space Travel.”

In post-World War II America anything seemed possible, even going to the Moon! There appeared in 1949, a book The Conquest of Space , which led to a new trend in children’s books. These books outlined the future the children of the “baby boom” would grow up in, the world of space (example). The illustrations in these books show facts (as they were known) mixed in with the fantasy of space flight and led many of the readers of these books to “dream of space”.

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