Here is a collection of wonderfully weird illustrations by Gōjin Ishihara, whose work graced the pages of numerous kids’ books in the 1970s. The first 16 images below appeared in the “Illustrated Book of Japanese Monsters” (1972), which profiled supernatural creatures from Japanese legend. The other illustrations appeared in various educational and entertainment-oriented publications for children.
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Don’t throw chewing gum on the platform (September 1976)
Here are a few manner posters that appeared in the Tokyo subways between 1976 and 1982.
Suren Manvelyan took these close up shots of eyes, capturing their strange and unfamiliar appearance. Beautiful, intriguing and slightly creepy. More pictures at Photography Served.
“After posting about the vintage monster board games, I was wondering what would come up in an image a search for monster coloring books.
“Some wonderful retro ones came up.”
I am an artist and professor of printmaking and drawing based in Nashville, TN. As a child with an overactive imagination, I often envisioned the world as nothing more than dolls and creatures acting out fantastic narratives. I had a difficult time keeping my head in reality, and I never knew when something I was staring at would become a magical door to another world.