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The Noisy Boy

This very modest printing was marketed at the lowest end of the McLoughlin Brothers’ catalog, retailing at one cent per copy. The books sold to retailers at one dollar for a gross (144 copies), so the profit on their sale was attractive to resellers.…

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

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…

The Little Drummer

This popular title helps to tell part of the McLoughlin Brothers story. Around 1855, Edward Dunigan, who had published his illustrated version of The Little Drummer in the early 1850s had sold a number of his printing blocks to John McLoughlin, Jr.,…

Young Artist Painting Book

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

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

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…

My Darling’s A.B.C.

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…

The History of the House that Jack Built

Not all early American picture books relied on hand-coloring for augmentation of the illustrations, although that method was the most common. The rich shades of red, yellow, and chartreuse used on this 1839 publication are hallmarks of the color…