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“The Parrot Girl.” In Naughty Girl’s and Boy’s Magic Transformations

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Metamorphic picture books for children date back to the eighteenth century. They usually lacked a narrative and focused instead on often silly interchangeable pairings of animal or human bodies. McLoughlin Brothers improved on this format with its…

Minty Green

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Like their father and Robert H. Elton before them, the McLoughlin brothers included games and paper toys in their stock from the beginning of the firm in 1858. They produced an extensive line of paper dolls, starting with tiny one-cent dolls (Series…

“Jack and the Bean Stalk.” In The Jolly Jump-Up’s Favorite Nursery Stories

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The Jolly Jump-Up pop-up books first appeared in 1939 and featured an American family and their adventures (seeing the circus, going on vacation, buying a house). The series also contained titles for younger children, including an ABC book, a…

A.B.C. of Objects for Home and School. Kindergarten First Book

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During the golden era, McLoughlin Brothers continued to produce products that appealed to a broad age range of readers, from pre-readers to advanced students. McLoughlin Brothers also continued to work collaboratively with other publishers when it…

Topsy

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McLoughlin Brothers produced numerous picture books for children that featured African Americans. None would be considered appropriate or humorous today. This McLoughlin shaped book capitalizes on the public’s knowledge of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s…

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.…

The Girl Who Inked Herself and Her Books and How It Ended

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For decades, McLoughlin Brothers issued comic stories at all price points, from penny books up to deluxe chromolithographed editions. This example exemplifies typical penny books marketed to the low end of the market, retailing for just three to five…

Young Artist Painting Book

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Many of McLoughlin Brothers’ non-picture book products were also steady sellers. Even though competitors in Philadelphia and Europe had been selling them for over a decade, painting and coloring books were not introduced by McLoughlin until 1882.…

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…

Picture Alphabet

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While issuing books as part of a series was a marketing strategy employed by many booksellers, McLoughlin Brothers took the practice to a new level. The back cover of Picture Alphabet, published by McLoughlin Brothers in the 1860s, gives a good sense…