Vintage Ladybird book illustrations would be banned today

Last week, over 200 original Ladybird Books illustrations created between the late 1950s and early 1970s went on display in a nostalgia-inducing new exhibition, Ladybird by Design.

The vibrant midcentury illustrations paint a picture of British life in more innocent times, while the exhibition itself – which celebrates 100 years of the classic children's publisher – explores the utopian world of Ladybird, and its unique perspective on British social and design history.

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Julia Sagar
Editor-in-chief retail

Julia is editor-in-chief, retail at Future Ltd, where she works in e-commerce across a number of consumer lifestyle brands. A former editor of design website Creative Bloq, she’s also worked on a variety of print titles, and was part of the team that launched consumer tech website TechRadar. She's been writing about art, design and technology for over 15 years.