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Alphabe Thursday L is for Ladybird Books

August 8, 2013

Anyone who grew up in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s will have seen some of these iconic works published during the ‘golden age.’

Spanning thirty years in the middle of the last century (was it really that long ago) from post-war to hippie Britain, series such as the Key Word Reading Scheme, People at Work, Adventures from History, Well-Loved Tales, Natural History, Science, How It Works, and Achievements.

The Ladybird illustrations, noted for their closely observed detail and strong sense of place, truth and purpose provide a perfect social snapshot of the time. Innocent of modern-day innuendo or of the political and social interpretations we bring to them today, the pictures are delightful, touching and funny.  

Further reading:- Boys and Girls: a Ladybird book of childhood.

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. August 8, 2013 9:15 am

    I remember those in the school library, with rather battered covers, well read and well loved.

    • August 8, 2013 9:21 am

      Yes! We have a all the original copies in the library and we have a another collection of the battered ones … and those are the most interesting because they have been annotated by the owner (s) and a piece of history!!

  2. Nora permalink
    August 8, 2013 10:25 am

    Great, creative post for *L*– superb pics which bring back so many fond childhood memories!

    Visiting from Alphabe-Thursday

  3. August 8, 2013 10:30 am

    Memories thank you those were the days .

  4. August 8, 2013 11:31 am

    I remember these, as well. Wow, talk about a flash back! Thanks for sharing such a fun “L” post on Alphabe-Thursday!

    Thursday Thoughts, Laughs, & T2Q

  5. August 8, 2013 1:07 pm

    I do like the style of these illustrations, perhaps because they remind me of my choldhood. ;))

  6. August 8, 2013 3:06 pm
    Here is a link to an alphabet book for sun safely; I know that they are books that you are fond of. Regards!

    • August 8, 2013 3:21 pm

      That is perfect … and lovely illustrations; what a generous thought thank you!!

  7. August 8, 2013 4:11 pm

    What a great post – made me remember something quite wonderful from the past…

    • August 8, 2013 4:53 pm

      Thank You … there was me thinking it was a little dull and impersonal 🙂

  8. August 8, 2013 10:28 pm

    Some of those definitely look familiar! Thanks for the flashback!

  9. August 17, 2013 7:39 am

    This post certainly brings back some memories…

    It was a lot of fun growing up in those times!

    Lovely post for the letter “L”…

    Thanks for linking.


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