Poster Patterns and Mother Goose Pictures – Books 1 & 2

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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 author. (The original set was printed on fold-out pages measuring 31 x 23 cm.) The directions suggest that the pictures should be painted (by mixing different colors together to create certain hues), but 21st-century children will enjoy crayon and colored-pencil artwork just as well. With each Mother Goose image comes the corresponding tale (e.g., Jack and Jill; Dickery, Dickery, Dock; Pease Porridge Hot), and the layout of images for larger poster mounts (from traditional American holiday to exotic Asian scenes) are illustrated with a smaller rendition of the final product. All pictures included in Patterns for Posters and Mother Goose Pictures were first published in Normal Instructor – Primary Plans.

This work, originally published in 1916, is reprinted by Milne Library at the State University of New York College at Geneseo as part of the Genesee Valley Historical Reprints series. The Genesee Valley Historical Collection is Milne Library’s largest and most accessible collection of local history materials. Its geographical scope covers the eight counties surrounding the Genesee River in New York State: Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Steuben and Wyoming. For more information, see:

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