The Retro Kid hits 1000

Alice & Martin Provensen 1
Image courtesy of Glen Mullaly.

Well, would you look at that! The Flickr group that I started up, The Retro Kid, recently passed the 1000 mark for members! This is amazing. I started this particular group on July 27th, 2006 -- or, I should say re-started The Retro Kid.

Allow me to explain: For those who've been there in the beginning, you would remember that I started the original Retro Kid on August 12, 2005. It was a modest start, starting with a few members whom I had invited from my close circle of Flickr contacts -- those who had the same sensibilities when it came to vintage mid-century artwork. Once we started to get some great examples of children's book illustrations, Robot Johnny at Drawn! posted about it, which, in turn, was then mentioned on the mother of all blogs: Boing Boing. The membership grew exponentially from there. By May of 2006, we were about to hit the 500 membership mark.

Then, I made a big mistake. After getting some rude comments from a troll in our discussions, I decided to make the group a private one, therefore keeping out any unwanted idiots. I figured, hey, when the dust settles, I'll just make the group a public one again. Unfortunately, I didn't read the rules on this sort of thing and it suddenly dawned on me that I couldn't do that. I couldn't turn back The Retro Kid into a public group anymore. Anyone who was not a member, who might've visited the group's link on a site or blog, would get a big ugly page saying that this group is PRIVATE and only intended for invited members only. And this killed me. I never wanted to make it private -- my sole purpose for The Kid was to have an open place for artists, animators, illustrators, etc. to come and be inspired. I never intended it to be some sort of private club.

So, after many weeks of thinking about it and asking Kid members about it, I decided to wipe the slate clean and start over again. But I was extremely worried over this action. My fear was that I was going to loose the interest of all our members, that the group's submissions from here on out would not be as high quality as what we had before. To make sure that this wouldn't happen, I contacted everyone who had submitted something in the first Retro Kid and begged and pleaded with them to PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE re-submit their images to the new Retro Kid. I think I was typing all of my begging while on my knees. I so badly wanted to keep The Retro Kid as it was: one of the finest Flickr groups around by being the best resource for children's book illustrations from the 40's, 50's, and 60's that you could find.

So now, here I sit, looking at the membership number: 1,009, and I realize that all my worrying was unnecessary. Reaching this mark only took just over a year! This has been one incredible journey for me. To be able to know that there are so many people out there who have the same love of old things as I have, who are willing to share with us their collections. Incredible. It's so cool to see this pet project of mine turn into something substantial and oh so fun for us artists (and others) to enjoy.

If you're not a member of The Retro Kid, why not? You're missing out! Stop on by and check out the group's pool. Lots of great stuff to see!

PS: for fun, check this out.

Here are some other fine examples that you'll mostly likely find in The Retro Kid:

The Big Brass Band Record
Image courtesy of MrMack.

Mary Blair ice cream carton
Image courtesy of rock-paper-scissors.

songs for 4's and 5's
Image courtesy of Julia (Ticky Tacky).

Dr Seuss Roscoe model kit
Image courtesy of grickily.

Heinlein 2
Image courtesy of Glen Mullaly.

Upp med ridån, cover
Image courtesy of David at Klockarp Foundation.

The Horse That Liked Sandwiches
Image courtesy of Eric Sturdevant.

Image courtesy of Leif Peng.

There's more. Many more! Over 3,500 images! Join now!

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