Among my collection of vintage primers and first readers for children I came across one from 1913 called “Child Life, A First Reader.” Except for a few torn pages mended with tape, now turned brown, and some water stains the book is still in good condition.I really like this old book not only for the writing; but, for the beautifully illustrated drawings. (see illustrations below)
Written by Mary Gilmartin, June 7, 2015
A framed watercolor print by Edward Van Goethem now hangs on a wall in my office. It reminds me that Spring is scheduled to begin soon, March 20th, and I can hardly wait for the crowds to flock to the seashores and for longer days with warmer temperatures. Whenever I find a drawing or a painting that I like I usually try to find out something about that person. But, my brief search only revealed this artist was possibly from Belgium and lived from 1857 to 1924. One source for this watercolor stated that it may have been painted in Frinton-On-Sea, a small seaside town in the Trending District of Essex, England. My thoughts are that it could have been painted On-The-Seashore located about anywhere and the children are perhaps an older brother and younger sister. What a great place to stand and watch the waves at any age. Anyone ready to go barefoot and walk on the sand by the sea?
One of my favorite stories when I was eight years old was “The Bobbsey Twins at the Seashore”. Did you know that Laura Lee Hope is the pseudonym for numerous writers under the Stratemeyer Syndicate including Edward Stratemeyer (1862-1930) himself, his daughter Harriet Stratemeyer Adams (1892-1982), Howard Roger Garis (1873–1962), and his wife Lilian McNamara Garis (d.1954) who wrote the Bobbsey Twins juvenile series. Laura Lee Hope was first used as a pseudonym in 1904 for the debut of the Bobbsey Twins and the author/s for the Bunny Brown series (20 vols. 1916-1931).
Written by Mary Gilmartin, February 28, 2015