Poster Patterns and Mother Goose Pictures – Books 1 & 2

Described as “a means of infinite entertainment and instruction for the children,” the two-volume Patterns for Posters and Mother Goose Pictures will delight budding artists, young and old. It offers familiar images from the tales we love that can be traced/copied, cut, colored and mounted onto various paper types and sizes, as recommended by the Read More …

Jointed Toy Patterns II: For Coloring, Cut Out and Construction Work: Book 2

Long before magnetic “paper” dolls and interactive walking, talking baby dolls, there was Bess Bruce Cleaveland’s Jointed Toys. Filled with patterns to be copied, enlarged, assembled, and decorated (whether in paper or wood), Cleaveland’s two-volume set offered potentially hours upon hours of make-believe fun for children in the early 20th century. The books provide explicit Read More …

Jointed Toy Patterns I: For Coloring, Cut Out and Construction Work: Book One

Long before magnetic “paper” dolls and interactive walking, talking baby dolls, there was Bess Bruce Cleaveland’s Jointed Toys. Filled with patterns to be copied, enlarged, assembled, and decorated (whether in paper or wood), Cleaveland’s two-volume set offered potentially hours upon hours of make-believe fun for children in the early 20th century. The books provide explicit Read More …

Little Citizens and their Flags

This delightful coloring book published in 1922 by the F. A. Owen Publishing Company of Dansville, NY features Bess Bruce Cleaveland’s charming illustrations of children from around the world dressed in traditional clothing; colored flags by Genevieve Stump Foster; and short rhyming poems by Maude M. Grant. There are detailed directions for coloring a boy Read More …