Mid-20Th Century Korean Book Design

The cover of a Korean Children’s book titled 'A child of Goguryeo' (1964)

1964, A Child of Goguryeo with illustrations by O Su-san. Original image credit to 50 Watts.

It’s an absolute shame that this is the first time I’ve come across the site 50 Watts. Now that I’m here, I can’t stop.

This page called “The Train That Ate Flowers,” which includes a number of beautifully illustrated and beautifully decayed children’s book covers, caught my attention today. I’m not even clear how I ended up here, but I am glad I did.

I couldn’t leave without mentioning just how jealous I am of this advice from the site’s author:

The best way to navigate 50 Watts is to click about randomly until you find God or go insane.

That sums my browsing behaviour perfectly.

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