Alfred Z. Baker’s Images à renversement

Antoine Sausverd over at Töpfferiana has unearthed some contributions by Alfred Zantzinger Baker to the French children’s magazine La jeunesse illustré, 1906-1907 (Gallica).

I have now created a set of pages which, besides providing information on Baker and his toy books, allow you to have fun rotating the images to read the stories (Javascript provided by my son Riccardo).

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From The World Encyclopedia of Cartooning:

Baker, Alfred Zantzinger (1870-1933) [was] an American cartoonist born in Baltimore, Maryland. Baker pursued seriously art and was exhibited at age 23 in the National Academy he joined the staff of Puck in 1898. As a cartoonist he did not confine his work to one outlet, and at the turn of the century Baker was appearing frequently in the pages of Puck, Judge, Life, Scribner’s, Harper’s, Century and St. Nicholas. His books include The Moving Picture Book (1911), The Moving Picture Glue Book (1912) and The Torn Book (1913). His innovations, such as die-cutting and 3-D drawings with glasses, are surpassed in the children’s book genre only by those of the imaginative Peter Newell. Baker’s work was among the freshest and cleverest of American cartooning at the turn of the century, and retains these characteristic even under modern scrutiny.

Baker’s career was strictly connected to Peter Newell’s, with whose daughter he eloped, then married, and finally divorced. As the image above clearly shows, he was also strongly influenced by Gustave Verbeek.

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