Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom.

I know we all have Mad Men on the brain lately (and if you are like me, you probably still have "Bye Bye Birdie" playing on constant repeat in your head). That would surely seem to be the reason why I am drawn to these 1950s inspired illustrations by Pascal Blanchet that I discovered on design work life.

All images by Pascal Blanchet.

However, I think I love these illustrations because they remind me of my childhood (and no, I'm not a child of the '50s). I vividly recall watching a film on the history of music every year in music class in elementary school. It's funny how much the imagery of "Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom" has stuck with me over all these years. I remember anxiously awaiting the arrival onscreen of the prehistoric cavemen, especially the one who used his big belly as a drum. Some of the other characters though, wow, I definitely did not realize then how completely un-PC the whole thing is. Still, it was always a favorite of mine, with a close second of course being "Peter and the Wolf."


  1. I love this stuff too. Have you ever checked out the work of Jim Flora? He did a lot of album covers for RCA and Columbia records in the 40s and 50s.

  2. I remember watching those cartoons; loved the art direction, even as a kid.


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