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book (design) story #183

hugo egon strassburger:
kinder

reimar hobbing, berlin, 1931
printer: w. b├╝xenstein, berlin
size: 26 x 25 cm
designer: paul stadlinger

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this 1931 book with text by german writer (of children songs) hugo egon strassburger (1877-1952, spelling also "strasbuger") contains a collection of 127 children photos mostly by reknowned berlin-based photographers of the time.

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the typographic design of the entirely gravure-printed book is by paul stadlinger (who was a prolific book designer in the 1930s, but i have not found any more biographical details): sans-serifs on the cover and jacket, bold modern for the titles and page numbers inside the book, ...

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... combinded with photos arranged in an imaginative way.

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the photos on the jacket and above are by alexander binder, these below by becker & maas.

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although the text about black kids ("they are always funny to watch") is somewhat patronizing by today's standards it is positive and not racist.

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the photo above on the right is credited to laszlo moholy-nagy. the book was among the winners of the 50 most beautiful german books award.

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