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80 Years Ago This Month - Sunny Stories 1937

Postby Tony Summerfield » 03 Jan 2017, 18:14

I am copying a very good idea by Rob here, and probably making a problem for myself in the process! :D If nobody is at all interested I may well stop - 'tidak apa'!

As this was a weekly magazine I have decide to do a month at a time, simply putting in some of the uncollected material in the process, some illustrations and any uncollected stories and poems as and when they appear.

So my first month is January 1937 and this just has issue nos. 1, 2 and 3.

http://enidblytonsociety.co.uk/magazine ... ?magid=201

Although it can be seen on the relevant page I thought I would also put the very first letter here just to get the thread going.

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Re: 80 Years Ago This Month - Sunny Stories 1937

Postby Julie2owlsdene » 03 Jan 2017, 19:01

I wonder how many hopeful children sent off their work to Enid for her to put into this little magazine. And I can imagine their joy whoever was the lucky chosen child. :D

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Re: 80 Years Ago This Month - Sunny Stories 1937

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 03 Jan 2017, 19:04

Great stuff, Tony! I like D. V. Berry's illustrations for the strip 'The Five Little Pigs' - simple yet bold and dynamic.

The pictures for 'Spot' and 'Grumpy Mr. Gregg' are charming.

I've often thought that the drawing of "Old Thatch" at the top of the editorial page (also used for the front cover of the book Tales of Old Thatch, I think) doesn't actually look like Enid Blyton's home in Bourne End. It's a thatched cottage all right, but it doesn't seem to be Old Thatch. Not that it really matters!
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Re: 80 Years Ago This Month - Sunny Stories 1937

Postby Rob Houghton » 03 Jan 2017, 19:21

Great idea Tony! I'm also flattered I inspired you to do it! :-D I look forward to new additions every month! 8)
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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: 80 Years Ago This Month - Sunny Stories 1937

Postby pete9012S » 03 Jan 2017, 19:34

This is a marvellous provision from Tony.I would like to thank him for doing this for us very much indeed.
Where else could many have access to these hard to track down excellent publications.

The tea thread has a new rival!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: 80 Years Ago This Month - Sunny Stories 1937

Postby Tony Summerfield » 03 Jan 2017, 19:43

Things will get better as we go on, as with these three magazines I don't actually have copies myself. David Schutte kindly lent them to me to scan the covers and the picture strip and I did the rest of the uncollected material on the inside as well. As far as Adventures of the Wishing-Chair are concerned, it was just those title pictures which weren't in the first edition, so all the other pics can be found as they are already in the Cave. I also haven't done the pics from the centre page strip as these are in a Society booklet already.
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Re: 80 Years Ago This Month - Sunny Stories 1937

Postby Eddie Muir » 03 Jan 2017, 19:54

Great to see these items that are even older than I am. Thank you, Tony. :D
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Re: 80 Years Ago This Month - Sunny Stories 1937

Postby pete9012S » 03 Jan 2017, 20:02

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Does anyone think this little snippet gives an insight into Enid's view of an author writing a piece of work and not putting their own name on it?

How then would she feel about someone knocking out trashy work and sticking her name all over it?
Sorry,yes we already know.We have been told she would have been overjoyed about it...
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Re: 80 Years Ago This Month - Sunny Stories 1937

Postby Rob Houghton » 03 Jan 2017, 20:07

Interesting to see the illustrations for 'Spot of Trouble' in the second Sunny Stories are supposedly 'uncredited' - but very obviously drawn by the same illustrator as The Treasure Hunters - Joyce Davies.

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Re: 80 Years Ago This Month - Sunny Stories 1937

Postby Tony Summerfield » 03 Jan 2017, 20:08

As an afterthought I have decided that I will also add some of the poems that have appeared in later books as in their original form they are all so beautifully set and illustrated. So I have already added 'The End of the Chase' to No. 2.
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Re: 80 Years Ago This Month - Sunny Stories 1937

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 03 Jan 2017, 22:18

Thanks, Tony. 'The End of the Chase' is most amusing and has been brought to life beautifully by Hilda McGavin.

Rob Houghton wrote:Interesting to see the illustrations for 'Spot of Trouble' in the second Sunny Stories are supposedly 'uncredited' - but very obviously drawn by the same illustrator as The Treasure Hunters - Joyce Davies.

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Re: 80 Years Ago This Month - Sunny Stories 1937

Postby Courtenay » 03 Jan 2017, 22:26

pete9012S wrote:Image

Does anyone think this little snippet gives an insight into Enid's view of an author writing a piece of work and not putting their own name on it?

How then would she feel about someone knocking out trashy work and sticking her name all over it?
Sorry,yes we already know.We have been told she would have been overjoyed about it...


Well said, Pete. :evil: :twisted:
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Re: 80 Years Ago This Month - Sunny Stories 1937

Postby Rob Houghton » 03 Jan 2017, 23:06

Obviously the publishers have something many Blyton fans would love! - A direct line to Enid Blyton herself. :roll:
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Sing on, sing on, and when the sun is gone
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Re: 80 Years Ago This Month - Sunny Stories 1937

Postby Kate Mary » 04 Jan 2017, 00:04

More wonderful treasures in the Cave, the poems are beautifully decorated and the picture strips are super. Many thanks Tony.
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Re: 80 Years Ago This Month - Sunny Stories 1937

Postby sixret » 07 Jan 2017, 11:58

Thank you so much, Tony. A very worthy thread! Looking forward to reading the next four instalments next month. The last of which has one uncollected story. It's a treat! :D

'tidak apa'!


I was shocked when I read it last Wednesday! I could understand it very well but I am not sure whether the rest of the forumites will understand the phrase. :lol: :wink:

Things will get better as we go on, as with these three magazines I don't actually have copies myself.


Hear! Hear! There are many uncollected stories as we go on. I have been devoting myself to reading as many Enid Blytons' uncollected stories as possible. So I am looking forward to reading the next instalments! :D

Interesting to see the illustrations for 'Spot of Trouble' in the second Sunny Stories are supposedly 'uncredited' - but very obviously drawn by the same illustrator as The Treasure Hunters - Joyce Davies.


Well done, Rob! I have checked my The Treasure Hunters book published by Newnes. Billy looks very similar to John in The Treasure Hunters! The same face features down to the white shirt with tie! Refer to illustration in page 44 in The Treasure Hunters. Definitely both re illustrated by Joyce Davies.

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