- Series: Icons
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Taschen (December 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 382282237X
- ISBN-13: 978-3822822371
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Krazy Kid's Food! Paperback – December 1, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
The food makers knew how to pitch their packaging for maximum sales so they used the popular heroes of the time, Superman, Popeye, Dick Tracy, Hopalong Cassidy (I wonder if he ever ate those Burry's cookies) and as the packets show, in more modern times the makers created food with their own heroes, like Cap'n Crunch or Puddin' Head.
If you grew up in the Fifties, Sixties or Seventies you'll enjoy this well designed paperback of colourful food packaging, mostly breakfast cereals but also drinks, cake-mixes, candy, Jell-O, ice cream, cookies and more. There's nothing artificial about this book!
One can easily see, that many, many hours went into collecting, upgrading, photographing, positioning, photoshoping and then converting ex-garbage into displayable art reflecting eras and ideas gone by. Some cool examples of the well thought out, sometimes ingenious opposite page layouts and product placements are seen on pages: 98 & 99, 104 & 105, 130 & 131, 58 & 59, 72 & 73 and 118 & 119. Undeniably, all the layouts are entertaining, saliva drippin and flavor wondering images for kitchen tabletop display book.
Though the book has overtone feelings of when you were on the grade school playground, " Naw, naw...na, na...naw... I have this and you don't" connotations, the graphics and selection of content are perfect for copying, creating or making your own reproducible products. And what's better, there are no warnings anywhere in the book about copying, so you can use ANY image you like... for anything.
One last weird point, there are so many people thanked in the credits, yet the only pictured items were from the authors uncompleteable collection. Leading to the disappointing conclusion... this is a GOOD book, but could have been a GREAT book, if the authors had also used items/images from other collections, that they just didn't have in their own collection. I give it a C4.0 outa C5.0
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely loved this book! My son (8 years old) and I thoroughly enjoyed the marvelous pictures and great cartoony art for products from days gone by! Read morePublished on December 10, 2008 by Todd Dolce
This all color , 200 page book, has well taken photos, excellent picture quality and a sweet taste of some of the rarest food packaging items, that have ever been recovered from... Read morePublished on April 26, 2003 by duane dimock