Today I'm offering for sale this WWII Era 1943 “Junior Commandos” Little Orphan Annie’s Coloring Book created by Harold Gray. This is a Saalfield coloring book, No. 2437, printed with permission by Harold Gray and the Famous Artists Syndicate. The coloring book measures 10 3/4" wide x 15 1/4" long and has 44 pages, 10 of which have been colored on.
Little Orphan Annie made her first appearance as a comic strip in the New York Daily News on August 5th, 1924. With the outbreak of WWII Annie along with her dog Sandy did everything they could to fight evil and enlist the help of kids all across the nation. Annie's Junior Commandos helped in the collection of newspapers, scrap metal and other recyclable materials for the war effort. Kids proudly wore a cloth pack on their shoulder that read, Junior Commandos as they collected scrap. The simple idea from Harold Gray with the help of Annie and her Junior Commandos Club caught on like wild fire. In a short time tens of millions of children and adults across the country took their part in collecting materials for the war effect. She first appeared on WGN radio of Chicago from 1930 through 1942. Radio historian Jim Harmon said it was the only radio show to deal with and appeal to young children.
Remember Ralphie in the Christmas Story and him checking the mail to see if he got his Little Orphan Annie secret Ovaltine Decoder Ring. You can date the movie since the radio show ended in 1942. If you ever get in a disagreement about when the Christmas Story took place you will win that bet.
**Condition of the Coloring Book: The front cover is in good– condition and the back cover is in fair condition. The inside pages are in fair to good– condition. *Covers: The front cover has surface wear and light soiling, chipping, tiny to small tears along all the edges and the spine, a tiny piece is missing along the top and bottom edges, and a piece is missing at the bottom right corner. The back cover’s surface has rub marks that has removed the surfaces picture at many places, light soiling, chipping, tiny to small tears along all the edges and the spine, tiny pieces are missing along the top and left edge. *Inside pages: The inside pages are only connected to the front and back covers at one of the staples of the spine. There is chipping along the edges and corners plus some soil and water marks on the pages.
The paper that was used during WWII and in this coloring book is low grade because of paper rationing during World War II.
Anyone who was a fan as a child or is a fan now of Little Orphan Annie will enjoy this wonderful coloring book. Follow the story inside about the Junior Commandos and the neat pictures that kids could color. A great gift.
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