Longmans Colour Geographies
printed in Great Britain, 1956
Units 1 to 5 of the Longmans Colour Geographies, these are school readers from the 50s.
Unit 1- Coasts of Britain
Unit 2- Farms of Britain
Unit 3- Towns of Britain
Unit 4- Industry in Britain
Unit 5 – London.
Made and printed in Britain by William Clowes and Sons, Ltd; these readers show signs of water damage and sticky pages. But the text! and the illustrations! All fascinating.
The readers would make a great art project- or – are simply collectible as a snap-shot of English education in the 50s. The images alone are worth framing- quintessential 50s illustrative descriptions of an England that was.
Vintage 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  Travelling On [Yellow cover] Travelling On [Blue cover]
3 softbacks: At the Farm [1950s] Stories to Read Gay Days 
All the books’ covers show some wear and tear, but the interiors are in good condition. For sale: $AUD90