From the 1930's and 1940's are Two Better Little Books titled Maximo The Amazing Superman and Fire Chief Ed. Wynn and his Old Fire Horse, and One Big Little Book titled OG Son Of Fire. During the 1920's/30's and 1940's these pocket type books were made by the millions and were quite popular. Westerns and radio show programs, adventure, romance, spy, and WWII thrillers were very popular with little boys and girls of all ages and also they had a big following by adults. ig Little Books died out in the late 1940,s when comic books became very popular with youngsters. Listed below is each book, a description, and its condition:
1.) Fire Chief Ed. Wynn and his Old Fire Horse, Ed. Wynn's Own Book for Boys and Girls, written by Harold Sherman and illustrated by Henry Vallely. It is copyrighted in 1934 by Goldsmith Publishing Company and published under exclusive contract with Ed Wynn. The book has 123 pages with 62 great illustrations. This book measures 5 1/8" wide x 5 1/8" long x 5/8" thick. **Condition: The front and back covers are in good- condition. The inside pages are in very good condition, clean and bright. *Covers: There is wear, tears, and chipping along the spine; wear and minor chipping along all the outer edges of the covers; light wear to the covers; tiny crease marks at all the corners. *Inside pages: The last inside page is taped to the inside of the back cover. Overall, it's in great shape for being 88 years old.
2.) OG Son of Fire a Big Little Book, No. 1115, based on the Famous Radio Adventure Series by Irving Crump. It was copyrighted in 1936 by Stephen Slesinger, Inc., of New York, and published by Whitman Publishing Company of Racine, Wisconsin. There are 425 pages with at least 212 great illustrations which are very well done. This book measures 3 5/8" wide x 4½" long x 1 3/8" thick. **Condition: The front and back covers are in fair plus condition. The inside pages are in good condition, very clean. *Covers: There is surface wear and chipping to the spine; wear to the covers; bumps to all four corners of the covers; wear and chipping along all the outer edges; what looks like a water stain on the front cover. *Inside pages: There is a name and date written in ink on the inside of the front cover; a lengthwise tear on the inside of the front cover; there are small check marks in pencil on the last 3 inside pages; a piece is missing from the top edge of the last inside page.
3.) Maximo The Amazing Superman and The Supermachine, a Better Little Book by R. R. Winterbotham and illustrated by Erwin L. Hess, and copyrighted in 1941 by the Whitman Publishing Company of Racine, Wisconsin. There are 424 pages with 212 super illustrations along with top of the page corner illustrations that when flipped show an action scene, really quite cool. The Maximo character was introduced after the DC comic book hero Superman made his first appearance in 1939. There were several more Maximo Whitman Better Little Books made to compete with Superman comic books. **Condition: The front and back covers are in fair plus condition, clean and bright. The inside pages are in very good condition, very clean and bright. *Covers: There is wear, tears, and chipping to the spine; surface wear to the covers; wear and some chipping to all the outer edges of the covers; wear and bumps to all the corners of the covers.
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