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Retro Book and Magazine Covers

September 16, 2019

Hello everyone, it’s been a while since I’ve selected and shown some of the fabulous vintage Book and Magazine covers that are around. They always make me smile and feel content, don’t ask me why. I’m so glad there’s a modern retro design theme going on in the world of bookcovers at the moment. Looking back in fifty years what will they be known as, retro- revisited covers ?

Let’s start with some funky graphic shapes.

Sculptural, architectural and crafty covers.

Loved these spidery typing fingers.

Time for a little red and orange crime relief.

So many great Agatha Christie covers, I wonder how many times her work has been reprinted ?

Interiors… looking at exteriors.

More sculptural shapes.

Some moody blues !

Keeping an eye on the vintage cover.

A couple of fab pages from Alice and Martin Provensen’s Myths and Legends and other volumes.

Some wacky space-age Sci-fi cover illustations.

German designer and animator Henning Max Lederer took 55 vintage books and set the cover graphics in motion to achieve psychedelic results.

Hopefully something for everyone. What floated your boat today ? ; )

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Deirdre O'Sullivan from Australia permalink
    September 17, 2019 2:10 pm

    Ah! That was utterly blissful, Craig! Having been a wide-eyed kid in the 60s and 70s, I feel a nostalgic pang of pleasure when I see the kids’ book covers. The colour combinations in those far off, groovy days were often bizarre, but they always seemed to sing and spark off each other – sky blue with khaki green, burnt orange, avocado green and purple – these combos scream retro today, but to my eyes – it’s the groovy wallpaper of my childhood! The graphic illustrations have such swirling panache, too – the talent of the artists is even more remarkable as there was no such trickery as Photoshop – they relied on their skillful and steady hands! There is no doubt about the vitality and charm of the handmade, and hand drawn – it has such life to it, and the deadening effect of computers just can’t replicate this. Would you agree?
    Please say yes!

    • September 18, 2019 9:16 am

      Deirdre, I couldn’t have put it better myself. You must know I’m a Yes because my blog is so full of these colour combinations lol. Thanks for your fab comments.

  2. Cindi L permalink
    September 23, 2019 8:38 am

    I am going to keep coming back to this one!

  3. September 23, 2019 9:40 am

    Good to hear Cindi. Enjoy the browsing

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