Category: Tidbit Histories

Tidbit Histories – Are they Big Little Books or Little Big Books?

Like so many things familiar to us, their history stretches back further than we might expect. The comics, or “funny pages” we all enjoyed growing up actually date back to the early 1800s when Swiss writer and illustrator Rodolphe Topffer decided to divide his story into separate frames with an ongoing narrative printed beneath each …

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Tidbit Histories – Peter Parley Teaches Children to Love Learning!

Samuel Goodrich was born in Connecticut, in 1793, the son of a Congregational minister. In the late 18th century, most reading available for children was either fairy tales or moral tales. Consequently his early reading consisted of Jack the Giant Killer, Puss in Boots and the like. But it was enough to engender a love …

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Tidbit Histories – Louisa May Alcott’s original title, “The Pathetic Family”

Louisa May Alcott’s father, Bronson Alcott, proved a better philosopher, counting Thoreau and Emerson as close friends, than he did a provider. When Louisa published her first story in 1852, she realized that her writing could be a much needed source of income for their family. She soon found success in writing lurid stories for …

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Tidbit Histories – Books for the Million! A Dollar Book for a Dime!!

In 1858 three gentlemen, Erastus & Irwin Beadle and Robert Adams, moved to New York from Buffalo where they had been publishing a children’s magazine, “The Youth’s Casket.” Irwin, the printer in the group, advertised a Dime Song-Book followed by a Dime Cook Book along with other non-fiction. But this was only a prelude to …

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