This large format old book is called the Merry Christmas Paint Book and it is filled with wonderful holiday images. The cover shows a rosy cheeked jolly Santa Claus filling the stockings hung over the fireplace with adorable toys. Santa’s red suit is flocked like was used in the series of fuzzy-wuzzy books. Inside are large, beautifully illustrated pictures of Christmas to paint and color. The drawings show children at play, enjoying the festivities and anticipation of Christmas. It has pictures of Santa’s elves busy making dolls and toys for Santa’s Christmas delivery. It also has images of Santa’s reindeer, his taking time for cookies and milk and the joyful children on Christmas day. Although it would be nice to have this in unused condition it is rather nice to see that children had fun coloring and painting some of the pictures. It has a 1941 copyright by Whitman Publishing Co. of Racine, Wisconsin and Poughkeepsie, New York.
It measures about 11” by 15” with more than 45 pictures. It is in good condition with minor edge and cover wear and minimal soiling. As previously mentioned some of the pictures have been colored or painted on, about 25% of the pictures are affected in this way. There are also a few personal notations made on those page like the child’s name and a date, usually 1942 or 1943. 75% of the pages are in unused condition.
The pictures are not shown at actual size. Please refer to the description for actual measurements.
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Vintage Christmas Paint and Coloring Book – Santa Claus and Other Holiday Images