Children’s Books in Poland: The 1970s

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



Illus. by Jan Marcin Szancer for Baśń o Szklanej Górze, 1972
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.




Illus. by Henryk Chmielewski for Tytus, Romek i A’Tomek, 1974
From the collection of Hipopotam






Cover illus. by Teresa Wilbik for Joachim Lis, detektyw dyplomowany, 1974
From the collection of Hipopotam


Original title: Joakim Räv by Ingemar Fjell. There's a 1968 English edition, Jack Fox, Detective: "When the Badgers discover their jam has disappeared, and the only clue is an X on the wall, they call in Jack Fox, who has just completed a correspondence course for private detectives, to investigate the case."





Illus. by Teresa Wilbik for Joachim Lis, detektyw dyplomowany, 1974
From the collection of Hipopotam






Cover illus. by Waldemar Andrzejewski for Śmiejmy się, 1976
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Waldemar Andrzejewski for Śmiejmy się, 1976
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Waldemar Andrzejewski for Śmiejmy się, 1976
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Waldemar Andrzejewski for Śmiejmy się, 1976
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Józef Wilkoń for Wyprawa tapatików, 1974
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Józef Wilkoń for Wyprawa tapatików, 1974
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Józef Wilkoń for Wyprawa tapatików, 1974
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Irena Przewłocka for Baśnie indiańskie, 1971
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Irena Przewłocka for Baśnie indiańskie, 1971
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Zbigniew Rychlicki for Zaczarowane kółko Misia Uszatka, 1970
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Zbigniew Rychlicki for Zaczarowane kółko Misia Uszatka, 1970
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Maria Szymańska for Dar Królowej Róż, 1971
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Maria Szymańska for Dar Królowej Róż, 1971
From the collection of Hipopotam






Cover illus. by Bohdan Butenko for Niebo i kalendarz, 1973
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Bohdan Butenko for Niebo i kalendarz, 1973
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Bohdan Butenko for Niebo i kalendarz, 1973
From the collection of Hipopotam






Cover illus. by Zbigniew Rychlicki for Mądra poduszka, 1977
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Zbigniew Rychlicki for Mądra poduszka, 1977
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Zbigniew Rychlicki for Mądra poduszka, 1977
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Teresa Wilbik for O dobrym rycerzu, dumnym koniu i śmiejącym się ośle, 1971
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Marian Stachurski for Bajki, 1970
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Krystyna Michałowska for Kaczki, 1972
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Józef Wilkoń for Tapatiki kontra Mandiable, 1976
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Józef Wilkoń for Tapatiki kontra Mandiable, 1976
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Bohdan Butenko for Romek i czarownice, 1978
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Adam Kilian for Misie nie chcą spać, 1973
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Krystyna Wojciechowska for Gdyby…, 1975
From the collection of Hipopotam







From U nas | Środowisko społeczno-przyrodnicze, 1978
Illustrators: Illus. by Elżbieta Procka, Jerzy Heintze, Mirosław Tokarczyk
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Adam Kilian for French-Polish children's dictionary, 1979
From the collection of Hipopotam






Illus. by Jerzy Flisak for Niewiarygodne przygody Marka Piegusa, 1973
From the collection of Hipopotam



See the full series and also "The Wonderful Wizards of Wooj" parts one and two


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