Hiawatha

Little Golden BooksLittle Golden Books
Printed in Sydney, Australia 1962- 1970

A fabulous selection of Little Golden Books over an eight year period. From Bozo the Clown [#241] in 1962 to Indian Indian [#385] in 1970. All published in Sydney, you understand. Cultural imperialism from America on a suburban scale: Walt Disney meets the local press.

Walt Disney’s ‘Hiawatha’ [#D94] was published in 1967.

The rest of the cast include:# 361 Aladdin and His Magic Lamp [1968]# 369 The Three Bears [1969]# 312 Pepper Plays Nurse [1964]#287 My Christmas Book [1970]#331 The Little Red Hen [1966]

Eight locally published Little Golden Books [but always collecting] are for sale: $AUD80

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Bambi planter [sold]

50s Bambi planterBambi planter
made in Japan c1950s

Another Bambi- I hear you cry- yes indeedy! I do love Bambis.

You can tell the origin of your Bambi by the insect on its back- if it’s a butterfly [as on the cover of this Little Golden Book, printed 1956] it’s an American Bambi. In Australia, Bambis produced by Disney have a lady beetle on their back. I have no idea what market this planter was intended for- that looks to be a lamb on Bambi’s back! A very mixed metaphor.

None-the-less this Bambi is in fine fettle and ready to add to your already burgeoning Bambi collection. It is unmarked, except for the ‘made in Japan’ stamp on the underside.

The Bambi planter is for sale: $AUD35 [Little Golden Book comes free.]

70s childhood

70s childhood70s childhood

This is what childhood looked like in the 70s:

  • Leave it to Beaver, A Little Golden Book, published 1974
  • Fisher Price chickens, 1976
  • Tomy Toy wind-up crawling baby, 1977
  • Child’s play sunglasses, 1975.

All these items for me are totally aspirational; I wasn’t able to own them as a child. But they also make me laugh in a mocking, post-70s kind of way…they seem so hokey in a world where children now play on iPads.

This is an ode to a 1970s childhood.