Fuse #8

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

It's Like Those Highlights Magazine Pages Where You'd Spot the Differences

You may remember a post I did back in October on The Conversion of Richard Scarry from un-P.C. vagabond to morally acceptable fellow.

This, however, was not an isolated case. As you can see on the Wee Wonderfuls blog, someone else has found an interesting selection of before and after. And again, it's that old codger, Mr. Scarry, stirring up trouble again. Check out how his book Cars and Trucks changed between the 50s and the 70s.

Doesn't Dad look all jaunty in his straw hat? And say what you will for the 70s, I'm just impressed that there's a picture of a guy with a baby. It's not like it's the most common thing in picture books today, after all.

Thanks to Children's Illustration for the link.

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At 2:35 AM , Blogger ElsKushner said...

I clicked, and clicked, and clicked, and couldn't stop clicking. Oh, my. Richard Scarry, how thou art changed.

The comments are almost as fascinating as the compare-and-contrast photos. I was struck speechless (or type-less, I guess) at the commenter who couldn't see any difference in potential offensiveness between a depiction of two (presumably Jewish) mice looking at a menorah and a feather-wearing "Indian" bunny.


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