Dedicated to old Ladybird books - 1914 -1975
Art

Robert Lumley

Robert Lumley was born in Southwark, London, in 1920, the elder of two surviving children. The family moved frequently between London and his father’s native Tyneside, chasing work. Young Robert made the best of an itinerant life, joining the Scouts…

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Art

Martin Aitchison

Martin Aitchison was born in Staffordshire in 1919. He was educated at Ellesmere College, Shropshire where his profound deafness hindered his academic education. However,his precocious artistic talent took him first to Birmingham School of Art and then to the Slade…

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History, Trivia

The Little Boy who ISN’T Peter

Whenever anyone writes the story of the Peter and Jane Key Word Reader books, they, not unnaturally, tell a similar story: that the first Peter and Jane book was published in 1964, written by William Murray and illustrated by Harry…

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Collectors

How old is your ladybird book?

Putting an accurate date to a Ladybird book is not straightforward. Often in shops or or on the internet books are described as older than they are because the owner has assumed that the FIRST PUBLISHED date on the title…

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Events, History

New Ladybird Gallery

Last Friday (10th March) saw the official opening of the Museum of English Rural Life, (MERL for short) Ladybird Books gallery.  This was my second visit to the museum but I thought I should wait until after the official opening…

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