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Friday library snapshot …

August 2, 2013

It has been busy in the library this week; rather doing stuff on the blog related to the library. Today’s post again prompted by a greetings card this time by illustrated by Margaret Potter (1917-1997)    

I was immediately drawn to bright colours and good humour and didn’t waste much time in researching her works and it would seem we had several books written and illustrated by her and her husband Alexander;  published by Puffin in the late 1940s and early 1950s.  

Soon after Penguin books was founded by Allen Lane; Puffin Books was ‘born.’ Noel Carrington who was the editor of Country Life books designed a series of children’s non-fiction books rather like the brightly coloured lithographed books that were being produced at the time for children in the Soviet Union.  Lane was quick to see the attraction and published some the following year.  The name ‘Puffin seemed  ‘natural’ companion and the books continued to be reprinted until the 1970s

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