Vintage children’s readers [sold]

vintage children's readersVintage children’s readers
made in Australia 1956- 1961

Who remembers reading Gay Days? at school? Or the imaginatively titled Stories to Read? How about At the Farm? Practically everyone I know remembers Dick and Jane. Those strangely dressed children, with stilted speech patterns. Mind you, the parents spoke with a limited vocabulary too:
“Now I must buy a present,” said Father.
“Here is a little horse,” said Ken.
“Pamela could sit on it and we could rock her.”
“Yes, Mother and I will give her that horse. We will take it home with us.” [Gay Days, 1961 p.14]

Vintage children’s books are now very collectible- I think it’s due to nostalgia for printed media now that e-books are popular. And the fact that these stilted storied are buried deep in our subconscious. I can remember the stories as if they were yesterday!

This set comprises 6 books:

3 hardbacks:   Open Road to Reading [1956]
Travelling On [Yellow cover]
Travelling On [Blue cover]
3 softbacks:    At the Farm [1950s]
Stories to Read
Gay Days [1961]

All the books’ covers show some wear and tear, but the interiors are in good condition.  For sale: $AUD90

13 thoughts on “Vintage children’s readers [sold]

    • we used to snigger at dick’s name. i still snigger…janet and john sound less controversial. i really wanted jane’s swimming costume (seen in the image) but my mother fobbed me off with a suggestion that since it was merely a drawing, it wasn’t available in real life.

  1. I scored a 12 soft backs of Dick & Jane Vol. 1-12….. But I won’t tell you how much I paid… I’ll save it for another garage sale score post!!! Publishing my first garage sale score post soon!!! With a shout to you for requesting it!! Cheers!!!!

    • it probably was betty and jim…you maybe progressed further up the reader ladder. i only remember dick because even for a 4 year old it was an unfortunate name.

    • hi and thanks christine- living in an old schoolhouse is a fine aspiration. i saw a lovely old school desk at auction- i so wanted it but i don’t collect furniture (have to draw the line somewhere!)

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