The Little Golden Books series turns 75 this year. If you’re like me, you remember the adventures of the Poky Little Puppy and other characters very well. The Golden Books were sold in 1942 for 25 cents each, and they were meant to be affordable for every family. Of course, children’s book existed before then, and last week, I found a few in our upper stacks. They were donated by Mrs. Anna Bergman of Philadelphia in 1955.
The first group I’d like to share have no publication information at all. I don’t know where or when they were made. Three give an author at the very end of the text as Edric Vredenberg, a British writer and editor a several children’s books. He was active as a writer from about 1890 to 1930. Based on the illustrations in the book, I would guess these were produced during the earlier part of his career.
Looking inside the books, you can see there is a lot of text compared to modern children’s books. They all have wonderful illustrations in both black and white and chromolithographs, a popular form for children’s books in the 1880’s and 1890’s.
As you can see the stories all feature cute children and animals.
In addition to these books we have this tiny children’s Bible from 1834. It was sold by M. R. Wills in Norristown and even has a few small illustrations. The book was written by “A Lady of Cincinnati.” The Bible was donated by Martin Connelly in 2001.