Friday, September 21, 2018

Japanese Science Encyclopedia (1956)

Since I am not posting much this month here is a huge treat!

Another interesting artifact.  Some illustrations from a 1956 Japanese Children's Science Encyclopedia. It has some wonderful painted space illustrations from the volume about transportation. It was originally published in 1956 but it seems to have updated sections through 1959 to take in current events.

 "Shogakukan (Primary School) Learning Picture Book Series"

Don't have much else I can say about the books (or even what the title of the encyclopedia is).

I wonder if it is a translation of another encyclopedia?  Many of the other illustrations in this and the other volumes seem very specific to Japan.


  1. !!!SCIENCE!!!
    The oldest Japanese magazine/books I have are from 1983 (anime/toy/model kit magazines) and seeing stuff from 50's is like seeing a living dinosaur

  2. Funny - I had a copy of the "Earth" volume of a similar series from the early 80s with the intention to track down the ones that I remember having to do with the planets/universe/space exploration. I couldn't remember what the series was called but I think you just pointed me in the right direction! FYI the series title is "Shogakukan (Primary School) Learning Picture Book Series"