Monday, September 7, 2009
It's Monday--Picture Books Past. The history of children's books is intertwined with the history of printing processes since technological developments gave publishers, and the artists working for them, more choices. The McLoughlin Brothers publishing company in New York produced many children's books from the 1850's to the 1920's. They are known for their advances in color printing, the broad range of materials they produced, and the large scale of their operation. Just like publishers today may develop other material like plush toys and novelties, McLoughlin Bros. also sold puzzles, games, and paper dolls. Their bold and colorful books were very popular. Read about this firm and their place in picture book history here and here.