Mother Goose Melodies by McLoughlin Brothers (late 1800s)

$15.00 CAD

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Mother Goose Melodies 
McLoughlin Brothers


Undated, but late 1800s.

Superb illustrations.


Softcover, 48 pages, non-paginated.

Fair condition: all pages and text ok, but cover dirty, back page is torn, some pages have stains. String is holding back page on, staples good for most pages.

14 3/4  x 11.5 cm.


Somewhat politically incorrect version of Mother Goose, noting that the old lady who lived in a shoe whipped her children before sending them to bed, with an accompanying illustration of her spanking a bare-bottomed child, "Fol de Rol" showing a dead pig shot by the tailors arrow, "Pussy in the well" mentioning that the cat was deliberately drowned, also with appropriate illustration, etc. Less common, non-bowdlerized Victorian version of the tales, when life was a bit harder.


McLoughlin Bros., Inc. was a New York publishing firm active between 1828 and 1920. The company was a pioneer in color printing technologies in children's books. The company specialized in retellings or bowdlerizations of classic stories for children. The artistic and commercial roots of the McLoughlin firm were first developed by John McLoughlin, Jr. (1827–1905) who made his younger brother Edmund McLoughlin (1833 or 4-1889) a partner in 1855. By 1886, the firm published a wide range of items, including cheap chapbooks, large folio picture books, linen books, puzzles, games, paper soldiers and paper dolls. Many of the earliest and most valuable board games in America were produced by McLoughlin Brothers of New York. In 1920 the corporation was sold to Milton Bradley & Company. McLoughlin ceased game production at this time, but continued publishing their picture books.