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Re: 60 Years Ago This Week - Enid Blyton's Magazine 1957 -

Postby Kate Mary » 19 Nov 2017, 08:26

Another issue has crept up on me, I thought we had one only last week, but I'm sure a fortnight between issues would have seemed like forever as a child. Interesting that Enid refers to boys and girls aged 15 to 20 in her editorial letter, you wouldn't be considered grown up until 21 back then. Thank you Rob for a most enjoyable review and for including the FF illustrations for comparison. And my thanks to Tony too as well.
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Postby Anita Bensoussane » 19 Nov 2017, 10:33

'The Little Fawn' is very interesting indeed, Rob. It's funny that Enid Blyton doesn't name the country, which I also imagine must be the USA or Canada. I can't help thinking that the red jersey might have crippled the fawn's development as he grew, but if he'd continued wearing it maybe the jersey would have rotted and split and fallen off before it could do much damage.

The ending of 'What a Little Fisherman!' is guessable right from the start but it's a gentle, educational tale and I'd have enjoyed it as a child. I like the Noddy story too. Poor Bruiny.

Thanks as always to Rob and Tony for the write-up and scans.
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Re: 60 Years Ago This Week - Enid Blyton's Magazine 1957 -

Postby Rob Houghton » 19 Nov 2017, 12:42

Thanks, both! :-D


Anita Bensoussane wrote: I like the Noddy story too.


:shock: :shock: Are you sure you're quite well, Anita? :wink:

Many thanks to Tony as always for the scans. :-D
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hearts mad delight,
Sing on, sing on, and when the sun is gone
I'll warm me with your echoes
through the night.'

(E. Blyton, Sunday Times, 1951)



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Re: 60 Years Ago This Week - Enid Blyton's Magazine 1957 -

Postby John Pickup » 19 Nov 2017, 20:15

I enjoyed The Little Fawn and What A Fisherman, not the usual run of the mill short stories you expect from Enid. I suppose this was her wildlife issue! I found the three trees easily enough and the fruit puzzle was simple.
Really enjoy these fortnightly treats from the magazine, many thanks once again to Rob and Tony.
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Re: 60 Years Ago This Week - Enid Blyton's Magazine 1957 -

Postby Rob Houghton » 02 Dec 2017, 19:11

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Another fortnight gone already - and here we are with the last but one Enid Blyton magazine of 1957!

This week we have two uncollected short stories to read - and you can read them by following the link below. The cover illustration is from the first of them, A Bit Of A Coward. Its a very touching story in some ways, and a very interesting read, even though, to be honest, not a lot happens. I think its definitely helped by the illustrations - by Alice Bush - who has a style not unlike Grace Lodge. I did find it a bit worrying that it involves a boy picking mushrooms in a field...I don't think I would have been confident to know what were mushrooms and what were toadstools, as a kid...but maybe country children would have been more in the know! I also wonder what happened to the men who were picking mushrooms...obviously they didn't appear again! :?

Enid's Editorial Letter this week is all about the Children's Home in Beaconsfield. Its interesting to hear more about it - and you can read it by following the link. :-)

PUZZLE PAGE

SUNBEAMS PUZZLE -

Here are some of the ingredients Mummy will put into her Christmas puddings this year. The letters are rather mixed up, can you sort them out?

LEEP PSIEC SGEG LUTSSNAA

#FAMOUS FIVE PUZZLE -

Jim had the same number of marbles as there are days in April. He had half as many red ones as green ones and two more yellow ones than red ones.

Can you find out how many marbles of each colour Jack had?


BUSY BEES PUZZLE -

What animal lost his gloves in the famous book 'Alice In Wonderland'?



The next story is You'd Better Be Careful, Stamp-About! - which can be read by finding a copy of Benny and the Giants and Other Stories, (Award 2003). Its a fun story - so I hope you can find some way to read it! :-D

next we have an advert which advertises Enid Blyton's bedside Books - the latest of which is Number Nine. Seeing them in this advert, it makes me wish I had a full set. Most of mine don't have wrappers. They seem very difficult to find with nice dust wrappers, and even without wrappers they are always quite expensive. Back in 1957 they were 7/6 each.

After the next instalment of Rumble and Chuff we have the next instalment of the Famous Five story Five Get Into A Fix - Chapter 11. Again, it contains an illustration not used in the book -

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The next story is a very short one, and reminded me of a 'Billy Bob' story or maybe 'Betsy May'. Enid suggests that older children should read it to their younger brothers and sisters. You can read it to. Which One Would You Have Been? I like the illustrations, and its interesting to see that the twins - one boy and one girl - are both depicted as wearing 'jeans' - or similar type trousers - and both with quite short hair - so its difficult to tell the boy from the girl.

A Puzzle For The Secret Seven follows with Chapter 4 - and has no illustration this week. I always have a sneaky feeling that Burgess Sharrocks wasn't very good at keeping to deadlines, lol... ;-)

A bit like me really! ;-)

Follow the link to read the letter and stories this issue - http://www.enidblytonsociety.co.uk/magazine-details.php?magid=925
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hearts mad delight,
Sing on, sing on, and when the sun is gone
I'll warm me with your echoes
through the night.'

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Re: 60 Years Ago This Week - Enid Blyton's Magazine 1957 -

Postby pete9012S » 02 Dec 2017, 20:29

Most enjoyable - many thanks indeed Rob.
Obviously, it would be sensible to show Betty Maxey's depiction of said shepherd..

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Re: 60 Years Ago This Week - Enid Blyton's Magazine 1957 -

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 03 Dec 2017, 10:42

Very interesting as usual. A good assortment of puzzles this week, always fun to do, and it's fascinating to hear all about the children's home in Beaconsfield with its Famous Five ward. I like what Enid Blyton says about readers who help with fund-raising - "Your money doesn't only buy clothes and toys and prams - it buys shining eyes, and laughter, and happiness."

I agree that A Bit of a Coward is a touching and enjoyable story, Rob, though 'Which One Would You Have Been?' hasn't got much to it even for very young readers.
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Re: 60 Years Ago This Week - Enid Blyton's Magazine 1957 -

Postby Eddie Muir » 03 Dec 2017, 13:28

A very enjoyable read. Thanks, Rob. :D
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Postby pete9012S » 03 Dec 2017, 13:34

Yes, and thanks to Tony too for providing the new scans for this week's review.
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Re: 60 Years Ago This Week - Enid Blyton's Magazine 1957 -

Postby Rob Houghton » 03 Dec 2017, 13:54

Yes - thank you as always Tony! :-D
'Oh voice of Spring of Youth
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Sing on, sing on, and when the sun is gone
I'll warm me with your echoes
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Re: 60 Years Ago This Week - Enid Blyton's Magazine 1957 -

Postby Daisy » 03 Dec 2017, 15:22

Another enjoyable issue. Thanks Rob and Tony - not forgetting Pete's Maxey contribution!
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Re: 60 Years Ago This Week - Enid Blyton's Magazine 1957 -

Postby John Pickup » 03 Dec 2017, 20:45

A Bit Of A Coward is a nice story and reminds me of when a friend and I went camping back in the mid-seventies. We were in the New Forest near Brockenhurst and one morning, my friend Steve picked some mushrooms and fried them on a little primus stove. I refused to eat any because I was frightened of them being toadstools and getting food poisoning. Thankfully, they were mushrooms.
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Re: 60 Years Ago This Week - Enid Blyton's Magazine 1957 -

Postby Kate Mary » 04 Dec 2017, 08:57

Interesting as always to read these stories, thank you. A Bit of a Coward struck me as a bit of propaganda for Enid's charities with the message 'don't just join - do something to help', not a bad message for children I suppose.
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