I Like Big Old Books and I cannot Lie

Can you believe that we have lived in our current house for almost four years and I still have boxes to unpack!

Today we were doing our usual chores and while Rob was putting some bits up in the loft for storage, I asked him to find and bring down my last few unpacked boxes. I knew that I still had a few boxes of old books and photo albums up there and it was about time I ticked that job off my to do list.

What a trip down memory lane on a rainy Saturday afternoon I’ve had! In the two boxes that we bought down, I found reference books from my childhood, old books that had been passed down the family, a shedload of festival programs and a selection of children’s books from the 1950’s!

When I was younger (around 7-9 years old) our old next door neighbour Mrs Ferguson knew that I liked to read, so she gave me all her daughters books that she had kept. This was back in the eighties and the books were from the late 40’s and early 50’s. They included a war time Mickey Mouse annual, some Just William books and a few Enid Blyton books. Even as a kid I loved the old fashioned illustrations and smell of them! The other vintage books were bought by my younger self in jumble sales and charity shops, as I always had a thing for old books. Fast forward 25 odd years and not much has changed!

Sorry about the photos taken in artificial lighting.

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Mid unpacking. I also found a vintage kitschy dog ornament (not shown) that I have had for as long as I can remember, my old A level course work book and mini Simpsons toys!

I loved Tin Tin and Rupert when I was a kid. I only ever had these two Tin Tin books. Maybe the top one sparked my fascination with whales too!

Did anyone else collect the tokens on the Weetabix packets to get the books? I was fascinated with maps as a kid and would spend ages studying my atlases. You think after showing all that early promise that I would grow up to be a brainy academic type. Sadly  this is not the case. I am a dumb ass!

Did anyone else collect the tokens on Weetabix packets to get the books? As a kid I was fascinated with maps and would spend ages studying my atlases. You would think after showing all that early promise that I would grow up to be a brainy academic type. Sadly this is not the case. I am a dumb ass.

What a dumb ass eh!

What a dumb ass eh!

Books from my childhood that I kept because I liked the design and illustrations. Plus a old skool game that hurt my fingers and a book about Enid Blyton books that my Mum got me for xmas one year in my late teens.

Books from my childhood that I kept because I liked the design and illustrations. Plus a old skool game that hurt my finger and a book about Enid Blyton books that my Mum got me for xmas in my late teens.

The war time Mickey Mouse annual (see their uniforms!) and a Punch 1929 annual that my parents gave to me, which I guess must have belonged to one of their grandparents. I must ask about it next time I see them.

The war time Mickey Mouse annual (look at their uniforms!) and a Punch 1929 annual that my parents gave to me, which I guess must have belonged to one of their grandparents. I must ask about it next time I see them.

More annuals that I bought in charity shops when I was a kid. Not because it was vintage/trendy but because I grew up with thrifty/skint parents and grandparents.

More annuals that I bought in charity shops when I was a kid. Not because it was vintage/trendy but because I grew up with thrifty/skint parents and grandparents.

The books from Mrs Ferguson (I cannot remember her 1st name, although I think thats how we addressed her! The other old ladies down our road used to be my "aunties". I had a Aunty Molly, Aunty Sybil and Aunty Nancy! Bless!

The books from Mrs Ferguson (I cannot remember her first name, although I think thats how we addressed her!) The other old ladies down our road used to be my “aunties”. I had a Aunty Molly, a Aunty Sybil and a Aunty Nancy! Bless!

More books from Mrs F next-door. Except the two corner books of the bottom row.

More books from Mrs F next-door. Except for the two end books of the bottom row.

Here is inside 'Just like a girl' and 'The Bells of St Barnabas'. Louisa Raggett is my great grandmother. I have no idea who Betrice Reynolds is. I think I must has just bought the book in a chazza as a kid/teen because it was old. And because I like old books.
Here is inside ‘Just like a girl’ and ‘The Bells of St Barnabas’. Louisa Raggett is my great grandmother. I have no idea who Beatrice Reynolds is. I think I must have just bought the book in a chazza as a kid/teen because it was old. And because I like old books.

So thats the most photogenic of my loft stash shown. A few books have lost their covers and the rest were boring school dictionaries and the like. I am going to be ruthless and sort through and donate some of these books. I just do not have the book shelves to store them and I no longer hoard stuff like I used to (honest). Plus my parents have been on to me to collect my boxes of books that I have stored up in their loft, so there may be another one of these posts soon!

Oh, and I never did find my old photo albums. Annoyingly I still have another box somewhere up in the loft waiting to be unpacked.

Edit 16/02/14 – OMG I knew that children’s books from the 1950’s were a bit un-PC, but I didn’t think they would be this bad!! See below – A french character called Frogs, Simple Simon, Paleface and Dirty Dick! So wrong!
omg unpc

2 Thoughts on “I Like Big Old Books and I cannot Lie

  1. These all look so lovely! Not sure I could bear to part with them if I was you.

  2. Helen on 16/02/2014 at 5:01 PM said:

    I know, I think I am going to keep most of them, especially the ones from my old next-door neighbour. For years Mrs Ferguson would ask my Mum if I still had her daughters old books. I would feel so guilty if I gave them away! I will make room for them!

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