Olde Timey Children’s Book Illustrations

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I totally dig early 2oth century children’s books. They seem so quaint and odd when we look at the illustrations and read the text nowadays. But some of them are incredibly beautiful and compelling. Others are just plain hilarious.

Here is a smattering of both kinds that I found all over the internet. Can you imagine reading “Poopy” the dancing doll to your 6 year old daughter and not busting out into uncontrollable giggle snorts?

 

"Poopy" the dancing doll

by Lucille Steven
illustrations by M.K.L.
lithographs by Gilmour and Dean Ltd.
Glasgow 1945

 

Baby's Mother Goose - A Little Golden Book, 1948

Baby’s Mother Goose – A Little Golden Book, 1948

 

Baby's Mother Goose - A Little Golden Book, 1948

Baby’s Mother Goose – A Little Golden Book, 1948 by Ellen MacGregor. Chic.: Whitman 1947

 

By Rith Dixon Photos by Rie Gaddis

By Rith Dixon
Photos by Rie Gaddis

 

I Want to be a Coal Miner - Cover

by Carla Greene
Illustrated by Audrey Williamson
Copyright 1957

 

vintage children's book illustration

By Carla Greene
Illustrated by Audrey Williamson
Copyright 1957

 

old children's book illustration

How You Talk written by: Paul Showers
Illustrator: Robert Galster
Copyright:1966
Publisher: Thomas Y. Crowell Co.
Found on this cool blog: doecdoe

 

goodbye tonsils

1966 Golden Book

 

Bob and Judy

Bob and Judy. Illustrated by Vera Stone Norman

If I were into collecting things, I think these would be right up my alley- although I don’t think my allergies could take it.

 

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7 Comments

  1. 07/26/2012 / 11:14 am

    These are great! And timeless, after ala who wouldn’t be proud to have their little boy grow up to be a coal miner. Thanks for sharing!!! Going to pin a bunch because I love them!

  2. 07/26/2012 / 11:16 am

    Oh no, you can’t pin Poopy?!

  3. Bonnie Kelso
    07/26/2012 / 6:25 pm

    Hahaha! Love those! My sister and I used to dress our pets up like that in our doll’s clothes when we were little. So naughty. Of course they never stayed on very long.

  4. 07/26/2012 / 7:57 pm

    My son would love Poopy the Dancing Doll. He loves any kind of potty humor and he will snort laugh himself into hysterics.

  5. 07/27/2012 / 10:37 pm

    I LOVE the illustrations in books like these. They remind me of my grandmother reading to me as a child from the books that belonged to my daddy.

  6. 08/07/2012 / 11:09 pm

    I think “You Can’t Pin Poopy” is the name of the book sequel.

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