Thursday, January 15, 2009

Illustrations from "The Big Book of Real Trucks"


Automobile Carrier

What Makes an Engine Run?

Concrete Mixer

At San Francisco's Alemany flea market last weekend, I picked up a clean copy of "The Big Book of Real Trucks," a children's book published in 1950, with superb illustrations by George J. Zaffo. I don't know if I had this book as a kid -- the pictures seemed familiar, but I'm a '67 model, so this would have been a few years before my time. Nevertheless, Zaffo's illustration work is timeless, both as a fine example of his craft, and as a window on midcentury industrial design.

I've scanned the whole book for your viewing pleasure:

The Big Book of Real Trucks (1950)