Meet my friend, Ward. You might know him already? He’s a talented artist, children’s book illustrator, graffiti artist, collector of all things fabulous and mid century and he just so happens to be married to one of my favorite people on the planet, the lovely Andrea aka Hula Seventy.
I met Ward back in the olden days of Flickr. He was the man behind a group called The Retro Kid, which showcased the best of the best children’s books from the 40s-60s. And let me tell you what: this guy really knows his stuff. He’s kind of an expert and his Flickr is a sort of mid century design museum. Book pages and pieces of ephemera featuring the best mid century design, type and illustration you could dream up have been meticulously scanned. He’s also incredibly informative about printings, authors, illustrators, etc. If you’re into this sort of thing, here is Ward’s Flickr. You’re welcome.
Also? Any guy who will dress up in a chicken suit to go read his new book at his kid’s school is a totally cool guy in my book.
Bonus points for having the coolest home office space, in the history of home office spaces.
High fives, Ward Jenkins! You rock.
I happen to have a copy of each of his latest books: New York, Baby and San Francisco, Baby to send to one lucky person. Leave a comment and I’ll select a winner via random.org. This is not a sponsored post, I’m just happy to share these books with you. I’ll be back later today with my official sign off! XO