This week I picked up a couple of fabulous children's books in a junk shop. Normally these sort of books have been filtered out from the usual bookshelves to have a hefty price tag attached, but these were languishing amongst the pile of Mills and Boon and Reader's Digest and I got them for 50p each.
'Rare yarns for boys'. Brilliant! Would kids even know what the expression 'yarn' as in 'tale' means nowadays?
These are swashbuckling, rip-roaring tales of heroic deeds and action-packed adventures. Back when men grew humongous beards and smoked pipes. Not anymore - fire-safety issue you see.
Smoking a pipe as a fully grown man was acceptable, but according to the cautionary picture inside, puffing a cigar if you were a small schoolboy was not. It resulted in a heavy thwacking. Which kinda surprises me, I thought every young boy smoked in the 1930's?
Maybe this was ahead if it's time.
Or maybe not. I've not read the story yet. Back then he could just have easily deserved corporal punishment for abandoning his books on the floor. Or having his hands in his pockets. I guess I'll have to read it and find out. I'm intrigued now!
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