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This volume is dedicated to the memory of John Cleary, a fine dealer, a passionate collector and a good friend.
When asked, John was touched that he would be remembered to his friends, clients and colleagues alike by a selection of images from his voluminous Kid Collection (over 1200 images in all). During the last days of his life John made selections for inclusion here with the help of Catherine Couturier, W. Burt Nelson, Russell Andrews and occasionally Stephen Daiter. After his death Catherine and Burt completed the selection John had begun.
It is a testament to John’s eye and confident visual sensibility that so many of these pictures open your eyes and heart to the world of children and to the joy of discovery in collecting in a way that can get lost when you focus primarily on the most famous images in your collection.
Thank you, John, for being a part of our lives for the last two decades. We miss you.