Saalfield Publishing was founded in Akron, Ohio, in 1900; so this darling little cloth 8 ¾” x 5 ¾” book was printed only six years after they opened; apparently they grew very quickly, because two other cities – Chicago and New York – are listed on the front of this book as places in which they did business. Saalfield had an entire line of their muslin books, this one being an ABC book called My Playmates. Each letter of the alphabet lists a child’s name and a short piece of information about that child. Some of the names are very unusual – perhaps popular names at the time; and you get a wonderful sampling of children’s clothing and toys from 1906. Q stands for Quentin, the President’s son. Quentin Roosevelt was President Teddy Roosevelt’s youngest son who was killed in 1918 as a combat pilot during World War I. Apparently the child who owned this book didn’t like Matthew or Nathan, because both of their faces are marked with a pencil. There are age spots or foxing on some pages of the book and a tiny bit of unraveling on the edges. Also, it appears to have library reference or Dewey Decimal numbers hand written on the front cover.
This would be a great addition to your primitive or children’s toys/books collection. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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