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‘Tales From Postman Pat’ by John Cuncliffe, illustrated by Celia Berridge. W.H. Smith, 1986.

Years of teaching in a primary school has given me a decent knowledge of children’s literature, but I know nothing about Celia Berridge, the illustrator of the above card.

So, I searched the internet. Nothing, or very little information about her life. Plenty of books, she has written and illustrated, but not much about her as a person. Eventually, I found some details on a 1976 dust jacket. At the time she was living in Greenwich, London, with her husband and two children. She had been a teacher, and taught in primary schools in Deptford and Bermondsey.

John Cuncliffe, however, could be my specialist subject on Mastermind. My job here, though, is to give the illustrator credit. So please accept my apologies, Celia.

As to the history of this particular book…no idea where I acquired it.

I am making a determined attempt to get some of the ‘old stock’ from under my bed, and into the sale section of my shop. These are cards I made years ago, onto which my former contact details have been written.  Each will cost £3.50, less than half the price of my current cards. They are totally unique and come with a sewn upcycled envelope.

As usual, they are made from used food packaging and are super eco-friendly, as everything used was rescued from the bin.

The one below was sold yesterday (thanks Leah), and is on its way to France as we speak.


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New Readers:

I like to make art from stuff nobody else wants. Stuff from the bin. Stuff with a secret history.

I absolutely never cut up books which could otherwise be read, or clothes which could otherwise be worn. Nor, do I erase the blemishes left by life. I cherish life’s blemishes.

 

Madeline In London

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I am making a determined attempt to get some of the ‘old stock’ from under my bed, and into the sale section of my shop. These are cards I made years ago, onto which my former contact details have been written.

‘Madeline in London’ by Ludwig Bemelmans. First published in 1962, but this edition was published by Hippo in 1989.

I have no recollection of acquiring the book, but I’m sure it will have been beyond repair.

I adore Bemelmans, he was something of a maverick. If you are not familiar with the Madeline books, boy they are good. At first glance you are taken in by the beautiful illustrations.

And then you meet Madeline:

‘She was not afraid of mice,

She loved winter, snow, and ice,

To the tiger in the zoo

Madeline just said, “Pooh-Pooh” ‘

Did I mention all of the books rhyme? Except ‘Madeline’, who never quite rhymes. The publishers wanted this changed, but Bemelmans wouldn’t budge. See what I mean? What’s not to like?

Once you know feisty Madeline, you are hooked, she takes no messing. A spunky female role model. A free spirit. She attends a boarding school in Paris. Pepito, the Spanish Ambassador’s son lives next door. In this book, Pepito moves to London and the schoolgirls visit him.

Madeline (who by the way, celebrates her 75th birthday this year) is a character who stays with you, like Pooh, Clarice Bean, Pi and Jesse Pinkman. But I don’t know who I love more, Madeline, or Bemelmans himself.

Bemelmans lived life on his own terms. He was born in 1898 in Austria/Hungry and died in New York City in 1962, at the age of 64. He became an American citizen in 1918. He didn’t start writing until he was 46, and had his first book published when he was 50. Again, what is not to like?

There are many Bemelmans quotes, but this is my favourite, “We are writing for children, but not for idiots.”

See you soon,

Alison x

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Vintage Ladybird ‘3a Things We Like’

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I am making a determined attempt to get some of the ‘old stock’ from under my bed, and into the sale section of my shop. These are cards I made years ago, onto which my former contact details have been written. They are totally unique and come with a sewn upcycled envelope. As usual, these cards are made from a used food packaging and are super eco-friendly, as everything used was rescued from the bin.

3a Things We Like by W. Murray. Illustrated by John Berry. Published by Ladybird in the early Seventies.

John Berry was a Hammersmith lad, born in 1920. He died four years ago.

He won a Royal Academy Scholarship, but the war prevented him from taking it. He was a war artist and a lot of his work is now housed in The Imperial War Museum.

After the war he painted portraits. He provided a service at Harrods (where else?) whereby you could drop off a photograph and he would reproduce it in oil.

He has illustrated many children’s books, not just Ladybird, but it is Peter and Jane which brought him to my attention.

See you soon,

Alison x

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Vintage Ladybird ‘Fun On The Farm’

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I am making a determined attempt to get some of the ‘old stock’ from under my bed, and into the sale section of my shop. These are cards I made years ago, onto which my former contact details have been written. They are totally unique and come with a sewn upcycled envelope. As usual, these cards are made from a used food packaging and are super eco-friendly, as everything used was rescued from the bin.

4b Fun On The Farm by W. Murray. Illustrated by Harry Wingfield. First published by Ladybird in 1965, not sure when this edition was published, but it cost 24p.

Harry Wingfield died on 5th March, 2002 at the age of ninety-one.

He taught me to read. Not in person, but by making the reading of those relentlessly boring Peter and Jane ‘stories’ more bearable. I loved looking at his illustrations. The family in the pictures were far removed from my own family, but I appreciated those watercolours nevertheless.

He was a freelance illustrator for Ladybird Books for three decades, retiring in the 1980s. He portrayed a wholesome world, without divorce and disobedient children. Jane helped Mummy in the kitchen and Peter helped Daddy with the car.  Although, in the 1970s Jane ditched her pretty frock for jeans. We did that sort of thing in the Seventies.

I loved his work then, and I love it now. He also did some abstract stuff, for the Ladybird Junior Science series.

Laters,

Alison x

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Mad March Sale – Final Day

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3a Things We Like by W. Murray. Illustrated by John Berry. Published by Ladybird in the Sixties.

Well, I have added a new card to my shop every day in March, as I intended, although I didn’t manage to post every day. So today is the last day of March, and that is that. I will, however, keep the ‘Mad March Sale’ section of my shop open during the first two weeks of April. I will not be adding anything new, though.

Above, is today’s addition. It is Peter and Jane. The illustration is by John Berry.

If you have been following my March Sale stuff, you will know the rest…

This month I am making a determined attempt to get some of the ‘old stock’ from under my bed, and into the sale section of my shop. These are cards I made years ago, onto which my former contact details have been written. I will put a new card into my shop each day, for the whole month. Each will cost £2.50, less than half the price of my current cards. They are totally unique and come with a sewn upcycled envelope.

Although it will only scratch the surface, I aim to try and post (however briefly) every day for whole month.

As usual, the above card is made from a cereal box and is super eco-friendly, as everything used was rescued from the bin.

Have a great week,

Alison x

Mad March Sale – Marcel Marlier, Chicks

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Martine a la Ferme by Gilbert Delahaye. Illustrated by Marcel Marlier. Published by Casterman, 1954.

Marcel Marlier was born in 1930 and died in 2011.

He started children’s book illustration when he won a competition organised by La Procure a Namur, the Belgian publisher. He stayed with the publishing house for over twenty-five years.

Following this, he worked for Casterman, where he illustrated the ‘Martine’ series which spans over fifty issues.

This was the first of the series, published in 1954. It was posted to me, anonymously, in a very bad state. It is a first edition.

The ‘chicks’ card was listed in my shop yesterday, and the card below was listed about an hour ago.

If you have been following my March Sale stuff, you will know the rest…

This month I am making a determined attempt to get some of the ‘old stock’ from under my bed, and into the sale section of my shop. These are cards I made years ago, onto which my former contact details have been written. I will put a new card into my shop each day, for the whole month. Each will cost £2.50, less than half the price of my current cards. They are totally unique and come with a sewn upcycled envelope.

Although it will only scratch the surface, I aim to try and post (however briefly) every day for whole month.

As usual, the above card is made from a cereal box and is super eco-friendly, as everything used was rescued from the bin.

See you tomorrow,

Alison x

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Mad March Sale – Martin Aitchison, Shopping List

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3a Things We Like by W. Murray. Illustrated by Martin Aitchison. Published by Ladybird in the Seventies.

Hope you’ve all had a good weekend.

Sunday evening’s addition to my Mad March Sale is another illustration by Martin Aitchison. Mum is giving a shopping list to Peter and Jane.

The Sixties version of the same scene is below, this time by John Berry.

If you have been following my March Sale stuff, you will know the rest…

This month I am making a determined attempt to get some of the ‘old stock’ from under my bed, and into the sale section of my shop. These are cards I made years ago, onto which my former contact details have been written. I will put a new card into my shop each day, for the whole month. Each will cost £2.50, less than half the price of my current cards. They are totally unique and come with a sewn upcycled envelope.

Although it will only scratch the surface, I aim to try and post (however briefly) every day for whole month.

As usual, the above card is made from a clean pizza box and is super eco-friendly, as everything used was rescued from the bin.

See you tomorrow,

Alison x

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