These adorable antique die-cut books only
measure six inches by three and a half inches.
I purchased these in the same lot as the hard to find
and sought after antique Stick Books, the blog
post can be seen HERE.
Valentine & Sons
These treasures were printed in 1907 by
Valentine & Sons, Dundee, London and Montreal.
Valentine are also well known for producing the lovely
postcards. Today, we know Valentine & Sons as
Hansel & Grethel
and their nasty cow of a stepmother
Why Grethel and not Gretel?
The story is German in origin, later published
by the Brothers Grimm in 1812 where they stuck
with the original spelling of Grethel, later changing
it to Gretel in their second printing.
This will make you roll your eyes; Some books end
up on the banned and challenged lists for being too violent
or graphic in some way or another and some are challenged
for absolutely ridiculous reasons; Hansel & Gretel
is no exception. The book has been challenged in the past
and failed to be banned, then in 1992 two American Witches
challenged the book, wanting it removed because
the story, they say gives witches a bad name. FAIL.
Personally, I don't believe in banning books
but there are some I'd like to burn:
Fifty Shades of
Crap Grey, A Clockwork Orange
and anything written by William Shakespeare. If I didn't collect
Alice in Wonderland books, I'd throw them in the fire as well.
A wee lad
Tom Thumb is also printed in 1907 and is part of
the same set as Hansel & Grethel.
The story was first published in 1621 under the
name of The History of Tom Thumb and is the
very first English fairy tale.
Never trust a cat
I can't recall Tom Thumb ever
being banned or challenged.
Cinderalla was first published in Italy
This book is undated and published
by Valentine and Sons Limited.
Did you know Guantanamo Bay detainees are not to
be given Cinderella to read, it's banned there, along
with Puss in Boots, Beauty and the Beast, Jack
and the Beanstalk and a whole list of other books.
Why are children's books banned from Guantanamo Bay?
I have no idea, perhaps in the case of
Cinderella, a pumpkin being magically
turned into a golden carriage might give the
detainees ideas on other uses for a pumpkin.
"Cinderella never asked for a Prince.
She asked for a night off and a dress."
- Kiera Cass
Next blog post tomorrow.