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I’ve been so busy recently I haven’t had time to show you any of my fantastic vintage finds.  Look at this beautiful little book from Ladybird.

I stumbled across this book on Ebay as I was looking for vintage style toys for Christmas presents and it so reminded me of my own childhood that I had to have it!

I spent the very early years of my life living with my Mother at my Grandparent’s house.  Inevitably I played with my Auntie’s and Uncle’s old toys and was read their own books and I’m fairly sure we had this one!  I’m not sure of the age of this book but to be honest I haven’t spent a huge amount of time researching – the price on the back is 18p (I wish books were still that price!).

I am happy to buy smaller, less expensive vintage items online but I would never buy anything too expensive and this book is a perfect example of why.  I bought this book because it is sweet, it won’t take up too much room in my home and as it only cost a few pound.  If however, I were a serious collector of Ladybird books (which I could very easily become as I LOVE them, I might be a little disappointed by the fact that a previous owner has written their name inside.  This was NOT in the description which is a bit naughty – play fair please Vintage sellers.

Thankfully I think it adds to the character of this particular book and wonder if I’ll ever find out who J Braybrooke is?  Do you know?

The projects inside are just adorable and far more clever than the ones I’ve seen in many modern children’s craft books.  I remember making these at school!

Do you remember doing this?  I ruined many a new notepad in my childhood, making stick men walk!!  But the project that brings back the most memories is This one.

Furniture made from match boxes.  You don’t see many match boxes these days do you?  We have a couple of boxes in our house; for candles, barbecues etc.  But as neither myself or Phill smoke, one box can last for years.

I remember my Auntie who was still a child when I was little, making these for her dolls and a set of drawers for her desk to hold paper-clips etc.  I was always fascinated by them.  I wonder how she got so many match boxes?

I know a couple of my Aunties and Uncles were smokers back then and potentially Grandma needed matches to light the hob but I have a very vague recollection of my Granddad smoking an occasional pipe??  I was very young so this may be incorrect – I shall have to ask him.  He certainly doesn’t now that’s for sure but what he does still do is tell silly stories.  Here is one of them..

 

 

Jabberwocky

From Lewis Carroll’s ‘Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There’ 1872

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought–
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! and through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Love Rachel

xxx
Vintage Folly

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  • Alexandra S Robinson

    Grandad says late one night, in 1955, he got stranded on Crewe Station. He lit his last match – and a gust of wind blew it out. The shops were all shut; no-one else was waiting for a train to ask for a light. He threw the pipe down on the tracks in disgust and has not smoked a pipe since. He did, however, smoke cigarettes until Midnight 1999 – he’s very proud of the fact he has never smoked in “this Millennium”!

    I love Ladybird books – if you get interested in collecting more, the charity shops in Preston are usually very good. Watch out for Oxfam Bookshop, who tend to whack a high cost on ones they think may be valuable regardless on condition. I’d highly recommend having a quick mooch in the shops whenever you pop into Preston. Though if you touch any from the Puddle Lane series I may get very cross indeed.

    • Haha! Thanks Alex, I promise they would be set aside for you only.
      I wonder where the pipe memory comes from? I genuinely don’t remember him ever smoking cigarettes (maybe I blocked it out lol), but U do remember the Jabberwocky!!

  • Brandi Dailey

    HA HA my Dad recites the Jabberwocky at every family gathering. He has been saying since he was a teenager. Only he fakes his British accent, probably very poorly I might add 😉

    • Does he?? That’s fantastic!! I think all gentlemen of a certain age should be at least a little bit eccentric. You ought to video him, we could start a collection! x