Toyetic Robots in Art

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I love toy robots and I love art so I thought it would be fun to take a look at how some artists have depicted robots. Above is a wonderful piece of cover art from Science and Adventure in Pictures magazine. It looks like it is from the 1930's and depicts some very scared people running from a wonderful looking robot

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Frank Reade was the lead character in a series of books by Harry Enton (real name Harold Cohen).. The above illustration was published……..get ready for it……in 1868. It was called "Steam Driven Man of the Plains" and, sadly, I could not discover the name of the artist.

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There is something intriguing about the robot depicted on this cover of a 1934 issue of Scoops, a weekly, short-lived, UK science fiction magazine. 

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"The Iron Men of the Sea" is an intriguing cover illustration from a 1939 issue of The Skipper. I like it,  not so much for the artistry, but for the depiction of a pretty creepy scene. I particularly like the red shadow that the lead robot throws off as he leads his cohort on to dry land and impending doom for any humans in the way.

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John R. Neill's Tik-Tok of Oz was always one of my favorite robots. The above illustration accompanied the books publication in 1914.

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