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Title(s):

Our big picture book.

Published/Created:
England, not before 1928.
Physical Description:
1 volume ; 23 cm
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
PZ8.3 .O97 1928
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Henry S. Hacker, Yale BA 1965
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Information
Classification:
Archives & Manuscripts
Notes:
Title from cover.
Bound in blue boards; with cut-paper vignette on front cover.
Volume of approximately 33 collages illustrating a variety of childhood topics. The compositions, in brightly colored cut paper, appear to be the work of an adult, semi-skilled hand. The collages are often accompanied by handwritten poetry or captions, describing the activities depicted. Scenes include: Little Red Riding Hood, a cabin in the snow, a mushroom-shaped house, a smartly-dressed schoolboy, several children washing up and preparing for bed, a marsh landscape, sledding, rabbits, etc. One illustration shows a cat, with a poem, reading in part: “what makes you purr, my sleek black puss / That deep contented song / Watching the little flames that leap / The winter's evening long?” An image of a tree silhouetted against a sunset reads: “great trees grow from such small seeds.” One image shows Mickey Mouse -- suggesting the volume dates from after 1928 -- and another shows a golliwog, a racist caricature and type of rag doll. The accompanying text reads: “My Golly is a jolly doll, Impossible to break. We toss him here and throw him there; such liberties we take.” Many of the images are humorous -- such as a goose fleeing in a boat to avoid being eaten -- and others refer to events and activities common in the childhood of well-off British children.
Subject Terms:
Children's poetry, English.
Golliwogs.
Little Red Riding Hood (Tale)
Mouse, Mickey (Fictitious character)
Racism -- Great Britain.
Form/Genre:
Collages (visual works)
Cut-paper works.
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