Friday, 16 September 2016

"Mike And The Modelmakers" By Miraslav Sasek (published by Lesney Products & Co. Ltd, UK 1970) Part 3

A book published by the manufacturers of the legendary "matchbox" toy cars - very nostalgic for those who grew up in the sixties and seventies as they were very popular and probably very collectible nowadays. Miroslav Šašek (1916-1980) was a born in Prague and studied architecture while taking lessons on drawing and painting with Czech artist Otakar Blažíček. He contributed drawings for newspapers and worked for book publishers until after WW2 when he moved to Paris to study art further. In 1948 when Communists took control over Czechoslovakia he decided to stay in France. His illustrations for the "This Is ..." series of travel books for children made him famous around the world and his style is instantly recognisable. "This Is Paris" was published in 1959, "This Is London"(1959), "This Is Rome"(1960), "This Is San Francisco"(1962) and many others. Here is another site dedicated on his life and work:

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