Well folks, I got some pages scanned of that vintage children's book, Busy Office, Busy People, that I mentioned earlier. It was part of this "Community Helpers Series," that were made for kids to see and learn more about the community that they lived in. The book's date says 1968, but I can tell that the images (by illustrator Charles Lynch) were probably done a few years earlier, based on the hairstyles and style of dress shown.
Some very nice work by Mr. Lynch here, with pen and ink along with color marker for some pages. Too bad the book is incredibly sexist and chauvinistic as all those books were at that time. And that's why I love them so. Genuine naiveté fascinates me as male chauvinism was so much the norm then, and now, we are so far from it. (Well, at least it's much better.) It's appalling now to see the subtle messages being forced upon the young kiddies -- that if you're a female, expect to work seemingly menial jobs such as typist, file clerk and secretary when you're older. But if you're male -- well, expect to live like a fat cat in a high rise building, lording over your shoe empire.
Here is the inside cover of the book. Apparently, brown was in.
The following two pages are a "picture dictionary" for characters that we'll meet later on in the book. The two pages are practically divided between the two sexes, save for a lone factory worker. Perhaps she took a wrong turn?
Ah, the artist's background in fashion design and illustration is showing here. Miss Lee looks like she's come straight from a Milan runway. "Dah-ling! There you are!"
What a strange scene. As Miss Lee contemplates her Parisian vacation, Mr. Star seems very absorbed by the office foliage.
Three more models working for the Star Shoe Company. I'd like to think that they're quietly preparing to overthrow the male-dominated establishment. All in due time, gals. All in due time.
Boy, they're not making these jobs look all that fun, are they?
Featuring Miss Lee and her patented "pinkie finger-point." Man, she is on it today. I get the feeling that she's the unsung hero behind the Star Shoe Company, what do you think?
So, there ya go. I've got plenty more odd and quirky books and ephemera from where that came from. Stay tuned.