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Mess    175

I had The Dandy comic and the annual at Christmas from about 1957.

I'm not sure why I opted for The Dandy because I actually preferred The Beano

My mum got rid of all my childhood books when I went off to Uni in 1972. 

About 30 years ago I started to collect them again and now have a man cave full of Beano, Dandy, Topper and Beezer annuals not to mention Rupert, Toby Twirl, Muffin, Blue Peter, Giles and Enid Blyton's Famous Five. I also have a stash of comics and other childrens books and annuals from the 50s and 60s (no Eagle Chulla I wasn't a fan) . I also collect music memorabilia from the 60s especially The Beatles and GB stamps, coins and banknotes. I had some Beano and Dandy stuff from the 40s that were quite valuable but sold them on to keep the collection under control. The market's picking up again now but cooled off a few years back. 

A couple of years back my kids said to me "what are we going to do with all your crap when you die?"  and although lacking subtlety it's a jolly good question so this year I've started steadily selling it on.

My wife always calls me in when there's a TV program on about hoarders saying "that's you" but in my defence I have to point out I don't bottle my urine and keep it in the shed (Did you see that program? That bloke was in a bleddy bad way). 

So my collections are going down slowly now. I was 67 this year and hope to get on top of the accumulation before I expire which God willing is still some years off but of course who knows how long we've got left apart from Big G him/herself.

In the course of collecting I've seen and acquired lots of very interesting items. Some are very valuable and some are surprisingly cheap.

I was talking to the organiser of this years Rupert Convention in Warwick and he firmly believes the bottom will drop out of collecting Rupert in about 15  years as the generation that cherish Rupert dies out. The same could be true for The Beano, Dandy and Eagle etc.  It's happened with The Magnet and The Gem featuring Billy Bunter (I bet Chulla liked Billy Bunter) There was a strong market for these 25 or so years back but these days nobody seems interested.

To answer the query about cheque book sized books. Toby Twirl, Nicholas Thomas and Muffin were available in this size in the 50s. I've just had a look at mine and see they were called Tiny Strip Books. I also have some Grown up strip books but that's another story lol

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MargieH    3,558

Mess, I had a cheque book sized book about a character called Mary Mouse.  Haven't thought about that for nearly 70 years!  There was a bit in it about her being worried about being swept up with the dust.  Now why did I remember that bit..

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Commo    857

I had quite a few of those cheque book sized Mary Mouse books, loved `em! Wish I had been able to keep them and they are now selling for a few bob !

My first comics were Topper and Beezer, graduating to Hotspur and Wizard by about age 9.

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MargieH    3,558

Wow, I never realised there were so many Mary Mouse books.  I think mine must have been ' A day with Mary Mouse' as there's a picture of a lady sweeping up on the front cover and that's the bit I remember.

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Oztalgian    769

Like oldphil I used to read the comics whilst doing my paper round and I too enjoyed the odd peek at "Tit-Bits" and "Reveille"

David W I always read Spy vs Spy from Mad Magazine and has anyone noticed Willow Wilson's avatar. He was a Mad Magazine fan for sure.

 

Image result for reveille newspaperImage result for tit-bits newspaperImage result for mad magazine

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Mess    175

Milly Molly Mandy stories were read to us when we were at primary school in 1957. I was 7 years old and they bored the arse off me.

I much preferred Worzel Gummidge and The Famous Five which were also introduced to me at primary school.

The Borrowers and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe were also recommended reading for primary kids back then.

A first edition of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe with its original dust jacket in good condition will cost you thousands these days. 

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Jill Sparrow    4,074

Yes, I remember Milly Molly Mandy. Not keen. There was also Little Black Sambo...bet that's not around today! I enjoyed Alison Uttley books. I had read the Little Grey Rabbit books by the time I started school but loved A Country Child, A traveller in Time and A Ten O'clock Scholar, Etc. Any books, really. I have always loved books. Still do!

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Chulla    4,345

We had a library at school and I used to read the adventure books by Percy F Westerman. From 1908 until 1959 he wrote 178 books, nearly all about the Navy in war. I remember a book of his called Destroyer's Luck. It featured a young chap in the Navy. My eyes widened when I read of his visit home on leave. He lived in Nottingham and it mentioned him walking down Carrington Street (I think) to the railway station.

   Westerman was an extremely popular author and if you Google him there is much about him.

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Commo    857

Oz, I was an avid Mad Mag reader, reckon that Willow Wilson is perhaps Alfred E Neuman himself.

Disturbingly, I remember fondly  Milly Molly Mandy, fascinated by her cloche hat which she wore.

Learned to read with The House at Pooh Corner and Enid Blyton`s Weekly, remember that cost 3d a week, then Secret Seven, Famous Five and the Jennings books. I do still read Jennings, had an omnibus edition for Christmas a year or two back.

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Mess    175
2 hours ago, Jill Sparrow said:

Yes, I remember Milly Molly Mandy. Not keen. There was also Little Black Sambo...bet that's not around today! I enjoyed Alison Uttley books. I had read the Little Grey Rabbit books by the time I started school but loved A Country Child, A traveller in Time and A Ten O'clock Scholar, Etc. Any books, really. I have always loved books. Still do!

The original Little Black Sambo and the other non PC titles by Helen Bannerman are very expensive books to buy these days on the second hand book market. You can still pick up the non PC books as paperbacks. They stopped publishing them in the 90s I think.

A politically correct version was issued in 1996 called The Story of Little Babaji (with Fred Marcellino).

 

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annswabey    359

I quite liked the Milly Molly Mandy books as a child, along with the Moomins, Famous Five, Secret Seven  and the  girls school series, like Mallory Towers.  I was an avid reader then and still am

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Mess    175
On 14/11/2017 at 10:36 PM, Oztalgian said:

Like oldphil I used to read the comics whilst doing my paper round and I too enjoyed the odd peek at "Tit-Bits" and "Reveille"

David W I always read Spy vs Spy from Mad Magazine and has anyone noticed Willow Wilson's avatar. He was a Mad Magazine fan for sure.

 

Image result for reveille newspaperImage result for tit-bits newspaperImage result for mad magazine

In the early 60s I used to get my hair cut at a barbers on Berridge road called Alf's. He always had a few copies of Parade around for waiting customers to enjoy. I think the pictures were a bit more raunchy than those in Reveille and Tit-Bits (Who thought up that name?) and some were in colour.

On the subject of Mad Magazine I used to love Don Martin's cartoons. They were absolutely hilarious.

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MargieH    3,558
On 15/11/2017 at 3:18 PM, annswabey said:

I quite liked the Milly Molly Mandy books as a child, along with the Moomins, Famous Five, Secret Seven  and the  girls school series, like Mallory Towers.  I was an avid reader then and still am

 

I loved Famous Five, but not Secret Seven!  Also Mallory Towers was a favourite of mine.  

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