Sometimes, a little idle surfing around the internet (in this case Pinterest) throws something utterly brilliant.
Cue Kodomo no kuni, a Japanese children's magazine from the 1920s. This astonishingly beautiful magazine carried stories, rhymes and songs and was aimed at 'children from urban areas'.
How did we have such wonderful magazines in the 1920s and ended up with shelves full of flimsy, unimaginative plastic-toys-laden magazines is beyond me!
"The 260 x 185 mm format was somewhat larger than the conventional journal. A heavy matte paper was used, both to enhance the feeling of intimacy for young readers and to sustain repeated turning of the pages." Sounds familiar?!
For more information, there is a website dedicated to this wondrous magazine here with plenty of information and a gallery too. Enjoy!