Dedicated to old Ladybird books - 1914 -1975
Art, Society

You can’t make an omlette …

The thing about Ladybird Books … well, one of the things … there are a lot of things … but one of my favourite things about Ladybird Books is the way they capture domestic scenes in snapshot.  Details of 20th…

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Art, Artists, Reading schemes

I am Sparticus

Something I find fascinating is when photographs come to light that were used by Ladybird artists as studies for their artwork. Here’s one that appeared on Twitter (via @russellsdesk) a couple of months ago – along with the image from…

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Events

A few updates

Just before I went off on my holidays I led an evening session at the  House of Illustration, the establishment in Kings Cross, London currently hosting the latest incarnation of the Ladybird Exhibition.  My talk was on the reasons why…

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Events

What’s on in Ladybird Land

There are a lot of exhibitions taking place connected with Ladybird’s so-called ‘Centenary’ year. It’s quite hard to keep track of what has happened, what has been planned and what’s on. I thought a round-up might be helpful. 1) The…

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Uncategorised

A slice of humble pie

As I said in my last post, I don’t believe a Ladybird Book ever existed where, in teaching the alphabet, ‘A’ stood for Armoured Train. Daft notion. Although a rumour of its existence has circulated for years, I’ve seen how…

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Collectors, History, Society

‘A’ is for … Ambulance?

‘A’ isn’t always for ‘apple’.  The question is, was ‘A’ ever for ‘Armoured Train’ ? (Bear with me; this IS leading somewhere). There were lots of different Alphabet books produced by Ladybird over the years and there’s a story that…

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Trivia

Further Fear in Ladybird Land

In my last post, I talked about the fairy tale characters that frightened us most as children. These characters were all story book ‘villains’ – designed to be scary.  However, as I said last time, children can often respond to…

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Art

Martin Aitchison and the Bexhill Exhibition

Do you recognise any of the books in this picture?  You probably do.  These are just some of the books illustrated by the wonderful Martin Aitchison – one of the most versatile and prolific of all ‘Golden Age’ Ladybird artists….

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