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Ladybird prints

I see that Ladybird have now started to sell prints of their artwork archive: Ladybird prints There are hours of fun to be had here, browsing through some wonderful prints. I think I would have spent quite a lot of…

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Martin Aitchison’s artwork

I’ve just put the (almost) finishing touches to a brand new gallery of artwork by the wonderful Ladybird Book artist, Martin Aitchison. Martin, now 88, was one of the most prolific of Ladybird’s artists during the ‘golden years’ of the…

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Art, Collectors

Cinderella

I couldn’t put it off any longer. Cinderella. If you’re male, skip this posting. You won’t get it. It’s a girl thing. This is the most popular Ladybird Book of all time, by miles, according to the long-standing poll on…

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Eric Winter
Eric Winter
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Eric Winter

Eric Winter was born in Edmonton, Essex. He had an elder brother Francis Ernest and a younger sister Irene Marion. He was educated at Latimer Public School, which is where he first became interested in Art. He and Francis both…

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An Interview with Patrica Papps

Patricia illustrated “Twelve Dancing Princesses” from the 606d Well Loved Tales series. “Although I was very good at art at school I didn’t have the confidence to go to Art College and trained as a secretary to earn a living….

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Kathie Layfield

Kathie Layfield worked as an illustator for Ladybird Book for over a decade, from 1976 until 1988. In this period she was one of the most widely employed artists and collaborated on a wide range of series including Well Loved…

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An Interview with June Griffen-King:

June wrote the 1969 classic book ‘Indoor Gardening’ (series 633 and Learnabout series 634) “Indoor Gardening was the only Ladybird book I wrote.   My mother was instrumental in suggesting some of the ideas as gardening was her hobby. she is…

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Bernard Herbert Robinson

Bernard Herbert Robinson was born on 28th April 1930 in Broad Green, West Croydon, the only surviving child of Herbert and Lillian Robinson. In 1942 he attended John Ruskin Grammar School where he developed a keen interest in art and…

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Frank Hampson

Frank Hampson was born in a small terraced house in Audenshaw, near Manchester, on 21 December 1918, just after the end of the Great War. When he was three months old the family moved to Southport, and it was here…

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John Kenney

John Kenney illustrated some of the best loved Ladybird Books of the 1950s, 60s and 70s John T E Kenney produced a great many of the wonderful Ladybird Book images at the start of what might be called the ‘golden…

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