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Children's Favorite, Animals & Birds

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First published in 1866, this copy of Children’s Favorite Animals & Birds was retained as a plate house copy by McLoughlin Brothers and was filed in its archives for reference. The book was one of six titles in the Favorite Series, which…

The Night Before Christmas or A Visit of St. Nicholas

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McLoughlin Brothers is well known for creating picture books associated with Christmas, and its branding of products for the holiday season was ambitious, starting with one of their first holiday books in 1869. The plate house copy of an 1888 edition…

Little Workers: A History of Some of God’s Little Creatures that Labor Without Hands

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After McLoughlin Brothers became a success, it quickly became a target. Two American competitors who went toe-to-toe with McLoughlin were Richard Shugg (1831–1904) in New York and Peter G. Thomson in Cincinnati, Ohio. Shugg moved into the old…

Cenicentilla ó El Escarpin de Cristal.

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McLoughlin Brothers could work collaboratively with a competitor when it suited the bottom line. In the 1860s, the firm entered into a successful quiet arrangement with D. Appleton & Company to manufacture picture books with Spanish text for sale in…

“Mother! Oh, if She Were Only Here,” from The Story of Teddy the Bear

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Written and illustrated by artist Sarah Noble Ives, this book tells the story of a little bear cub separated from its mother. By naming her protagonist “Teddy,” Ives gave a nod to President Theodore Roosevelt and a famous 1902 incident in which…

Goody Two Shoes

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There are many ways to beat the competition in business and not all have to do with products and design. Disrupting distribution channels such as sales teams and networks is also an effective strategy, and was one practiced by McLoughlin Brothers.…

Pied Piper Playing for the Children

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From its earliest days until the twentieth century, McLoughlin Brothers published many editions of the traditional rhymes of Mother Goose, often reusing artwork from edition to edition. The original watercolors for Mother Goose were kept on file and…

Valuable Books for Children and Youth

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The American Sunday School Union (ASSU) was one of the leading publishers for children in the country before the Civil War. They printed thousands of tracts, moral tales, and primers for distribution to young readers. With offices in New York,…

Amusing Addition

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John Q. Preble (fl. 1850–1890) issued nearly forty titles for children starting in 1851, including this poem designed to help readers with mathematics. His books for children included educational and religious titles, as well as natural history…

My Darling’s A.B.C.

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Alphabet books were widely available in America starting in the eighteenth century and were often illustrated. Like the commonly circulated primers, alphabet books were intended to primarily serve an educational role, teaching young children the…