Children’s Books in Poland: The 1950s

First in a series of posts highlighting the Polish children's book collection of Aleksandra & Daniel Mizieliński, aka Hipopotam



Illustration by Jan Marcin Szancer for Brzechwa Dzieciom, 1955
From the collection of Hipopotam


From a blurb by Janusz Stanny about the 2009 book Wwaga! Spychacze! (Watch Out! Bulldozers!: Young Polish Illustration)

The early 1960s. "RUCH" Publishers is founded. Professor Jan Marcin Szancer becomes its art director. Szancer decides to reach with ambitious books out to the most distant corners of the country, and he succeeds in selling them through a network of RUCH outlets. He invites some distinguished artists to work with him, including Henryk Tomaszewski, Antoni Uniechowski, Jan Mlodozeniec, Andrzej Strumillo, and Olga Siemaszko, as well as a large group of young artists, often his students. That group numbered 40 people, and I was in it too, as an assistant of Professor Jan Marcin's. Szancer organized regular exhibitions of work by artists cooperating with the publishing house.


From Zygmunt Januszewski's preface to the same book:

The Studio of Illustration, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, is an exceptional place, continuing a tradition that goes back many years, and with an established position within the Faculty of Graphic Arts. Founded by Jan Marcin Szancer in 1951, then for over 25 years , from 1971, superbly run by Professor Janusz Stanny, it educated 250 degree students.


Previously: "The Wonderful Wizards of Lodz" parts one and two




Illustration by Jan Marcin Szancer for Brzechwa Dzieciom, 1955
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illustration by Jan Marcin Szancer for Brzechwa Dzieciom, 1955
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illustration by Jan Marcin Szancer for Brzechwa Dzieciom, 1955
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illustration by Jan Marcin Szancer for Brzechwa Dzieciom, 1955
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illustration by Jan Marcin Szancer for Hoffmann's Dziadek do orzechów, 1951
From the collection of Hipopotam







Illustration by Jan Marcin Szancer for Hoffmann's Dziadek do orzechów, 1951
From the collection of Hipopotam







Illus. by Witold Chmielewski for Pięciu braci Li, 1954
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Witold Chmielewski for Pięciu braci Li, 1954
From the collection of Hipopotam






H. Rembowska (illus.) and H. Bielińska (design), for Z przygód krasnala Hałabały, 1950
From the collection of Hipopotam






H. Rembowska (illus.) and H. Bielińska (design), for Z przygód krasnala Hałabały, 1950
From the collection of Hipopotam






H. Rembowska (illus.) and H. Bielińska (design), for Z przygód krasnala Hałabały, 1950
From the collection of Hipopotam






H. Rembowska (illus.) and H. Bielińska (design), for Z przygód krasnala Hałabały, 1950
From the collection of Hipopotam






cover illustration by Zbigniew Rychlicki for Tuwim's Złoty kluczyk, 1953
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Franciszka Themerson for Cudaczek Wyśmiewaczek by Julia Duszyńska, 1952
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Franciszka Themerson for Cudaczek Wyśmiewaczek by Julia Duszyńska, 1952
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Franciszka Themerson for Cudaczek Wyśmiewaczek by Julia Duszyńska, 1952
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illustration by Bohdan Butenko for 35 maja by Erich Kästner, 1955
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illustration by Bohdan Butenko for 35 maja by Erich Kästner, 1955
From the collection of Hipopotam






Cover by Krystyna Witkowska for Verne, 1954
From the collection of Hipopotam






Cover by Antoni Pucek for Rio de Oro, 1956
From the collection of Hipopotam






Cover illus. Tadeusz Gronowski, for Czerwone węże by Helena Boguszewska, 1954
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Jan Marcin Szancer for Gulliver's Travels, 1958
From the collection of Hipopotam






Cover design by Bohdan Bocianowski for Jak powstała trąba słonia by Jan Żabiński
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Janusz Makowski for for Jak powstała trąba słonia by Jan Żabiński
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Stanisław Zagórski for Irena Tuwim's Marek Wagarek, 1955
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Stanisław Zagórski for Irena Tuwim's Marek Wagarek, 1955
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Stanisław Zagórski for Irena Tuwim's Marek Wagarek, 1955
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illustration by Bohdan Butenko for Tuwim's Pan Maluśkiewicz i Wieloryb, 1956
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illustration by Bohdan Butenko for Tuwim's Pan Maluśkiewicz i Wieloryb, 1956
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illustration by Bohdan Butenko for Tuwim's Pan Maluśkiewicz i Wieloryb, 1956
From the collection of Hipopotam



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