Children’s tastes should be educated and not indulged

Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 22.40.33The postage stamps on a couple of letters Dalrymple receives cause him ask whether the French posts are

merely reacting to, or creating, public taste.

He finds the message of the stamps

bureaucratically condescending and infantilising.

Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 22.40.49The stamps’ crudity of design and colouration

is part of a general trend to the use of such designs and primary colours. One has only to think of McDonald’s restaurants or the logo of Toys ‘R’ Us.

Children’s toys

E.H. Shepard

E.H. Shepard’s rendering

are now largely of plastic in the brightest reds, blues, greens and yellows. Public playgrounds have slides and climbing frames in the same colours.

The iconography of Winnie-the-Pooh

has changed from the subtle and tender drawings of Ernest Shepard to the crude and highly coloured Disney drawings.

Children

are attracted naturally by bright colours, of course. That is why their tastes should be educated and not just indulged, or we will end up with a world of Bonnes vacances.

Disney

The Disney version

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