Sorry for being a bit late with today’s Ladybird Tuesday. A poorly Master C who has suddenly taken to having three hours of naps a day – all on top of me! – means that everything is running somewhat behind schedule here chez C. And apologies for any extra bits in this post – rather than going to bed he’s insisting on sitting on my knee and “helping” me with my work!
I’m also looking at something a little bit different this week on Ladybird Tuesday. Rather than featuring an old vintage Ladybird book from my collection I’m instead looking at a new book that has just been published dot tie in with the 100th anniversary of Ladybird books. Back after Christmas when I blogged about some of my Ladybird Christmas presents I came across this book listed on Amazon and pre-ordered a copy straight away.
Ladybird by Design looks at both the social and design history of Ladybird books over the last 100 years and is just a dream read for anyone who loves Ladybird books like I do. Now, I have to admit that real life and poorly kids getting in the way means I’ve not yet finished reading it, but the parts that I have read so far are absolutely brilliant. There are also a huge number of photographs included that look at how Ladybird captures the changes in society over the years and also how different versions of the books have been updated over time. It’s something that I’ve written about many times here on Ladybird Tuesday, in particular the roles of women in some of the “People at Work” books (The Soldier, The Policeman, In a Hotel and The Car Makers for example) and in The Story of Newspapers.
It’s interesting to see that the media seem to have picked up on these Ladybird changes quite a lot, especially in the Peter and Jane books, and there have been articles on the BBC News website and also in the Daily Mail and The Telegraph in the last week or so too.
There is just so much history of this country and all the changes captured in Ladybird books that I’m not at all surprised that a book has finally been written about it. It’s wonderful to be able to curl up with a cup of tea and read all about it too. Selfishly though it gives me a slight worry as to what all this publicity is going to do to secondhand prices though. I guess I’d better his those charity shops quickly!
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