Treasure

Wednesday, February 18, 2009



I was at my old haunt, Rodney's bookstore in Central Square, sneaking around worn wooden bookshelves when I happened upon this little treasure! The Campfire Girls was a series for girls (and boys!) published during the early 1900's. I snapped it up and hugged it and bought it and scanned it (CAREFULLY!) This particular installment, At Work, was written by "Helen Hart" (pen name of Samuel Lowe ?!) and illustrated by the classical Violet Moore Higgins.

Stories starring girls always feel special to me, having enjoyed girls series so much while growing up with sisters, and now having created art for The Sleepover Squad series. (Check out Lovelace's Betsy-Tacy and Tib). Higgins' work is ornate and her girls hint a bit at their flapper underpinnings. It's fascinating to see an antique version of our standard chapter book format with black and white interiors reaching all the way back from 1920 to my hands in 2009. It felt very magical to be at the end of that tradition. Look! The waving hankie and all!

The extra treat in used books is the inscription, library cards, or owners' names written in wobbly crayon. I love that this teacher is awarding Myron for second prize... and look at that penmanship!

One last little beauty accompanied by the caption, "We have to think of a way to make Sonia understand!" Just look at those cheeky bobbed haircuts.♥

5 comments:

Kate said...

I love Rodney's! I am quite envious of your treasure. Used bookstores are so magical.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

What an awesome find! like stepping back in time.

by the way your latest pieces are stellar... saw you're book signing on Shannon's site too... so much happenin'!

Jacqueline Hudon-Verrelli said...

I love inscriptions in 2nd hand books!

e.b. goodale said...

I wish I had handwriting like that.

Just think, someday 100 years from now, someone will find a Sleepover Squad book and say, "Oh look at their little old fashioned outfits!"

MissMI6 said...

lovely!!!