For the Love of Ladybirds

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As a child born in the mid 1970’s Ladybird books were an iconic part of my childhood. But by my time I had reached my 40’s they were no longer a part of my life and had been pretty much forgotten about. I had one or two favourites gathering dust in the attic but that was all.

Then I watched a BBC documentary The Ladybird Book Story late in 2013 and my old love was re-born. I was filled with nostalgia. The spark of my adult collecting of vintage ladybird books had been ignited.

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Watching the documentary filled me with so many lovely memories of the books I had read as a small child. I could even recollect some of the art work from some of my favourite books.

 

Image result for vintage ladybird booksPutting an accurate date to a vintage Ladybird book is not straightforward. However, after some research and practice, I think I am now able to date the books in my collection. I am very happy to be the owner of some first editions.

But I am not the sort of collector who is only on the look out for pristine copies. Some of my books that I enjoy the most are the ones where you can sense the childhood owner, where the child’s name and age is written inside or there is a lovely birthday message.

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Vintage ladybird books still give me a sense of comfort and well-being that was hard to explain. They do reflect a world that no longer exists. I don’t long for a society with such defined gender roles or such a lack of diversity. However, there is something innocent and magical about them.

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They are informative, fun, inspiring, educational and they helped teach many children to read. The art work, produced by well renowned artists at the time, is wonderful.

I now have nearly 200 vintage ladybird books in my collection. I don’t envisage collecting them all. There are well over 600 vintage books to collect from 63 different series. I am mainly focusing on the series from my own childhood or the series that interest me most as an adult.

I particularly like to seek out and find books for my collection in charity shops and second hand book shops, as apposed to E-bay. It’s very satisfying to find a book in good condition to add to my collection.

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What has sparked your nostalgia? Do you hold onto anything from your childhood?

Are you an avid collector of something? What motivated you to start and continue collecting?

 

 

 

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