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As a boy in Edinburgh Paolozzi collected cigarette cards, comics and 'vulgar novelettes', and stuck images from them into scrapbooks. Inspired by his collections, he decided to become a commercial artist. At the Slade School of Art from 1944-47, he continued to fill scrapbooks with cuttings from comics, film magazines and advertisements. Paolozzi lived in Paris from 1947-50 where he also collected magazines, many of which were given to him by American ex-servicemen. A large selection of his scrapbook pages were shown without comment at a presentation of popular culture that Paolozzi gave at the ICA in London in 1952. These collages are some of the material that was presented at that historic and seminal event.

August 2004