My mum worked for Blackwell’s for 19 years before she retired. She worked as an administrator in the sales department and in the huge office building that Blackwell’s used to own, there were always books available for the staff to take with a contribution to charity. There were proofs; damaged new books; second hand books… Every now and then there was a sort-out in some forgotten corner and more books became available. On one of these occasions, my mum collected a number of children’s books which she’s recently given to me.
Vintage is a bit of a stretch, these are books mainly dated in the 80’s or 70’s but I’ve seen books over 6 months old classified as vintage in some places! The books are tatty and worn, and worthless to anyone but a reader*. I mentioned them to the lovely Clara Vulliamy because I thought she’d like them. This post is especially for you, Clara!
* On looking up the three below, actually Pookie and the Swallows might be desirable after all so I’ve taken it from the bookshelves just in case!
Tinies’ Book of Prayers: Mabel Lucie Attwell (Dean, 1985 reprint)
Pookie and the Swallows: Ivy Wallace (Collins, 1963)
A Merry Mouse Christmas ABC: Priscilla Hillman (Doubleday, 1980)
I hope you enjoyed the peek into some sort-of vintage books. Inspired by Storyseekers, I may have a look at my old books and put some up too – they’re all very tatty though and sadly no picture books kept.