This posting is a continuation of 56b-Serrapede Family in America-A Depression Era Childhood-My Book House, Part 1
The creator and editor of My Book House, Olive Beaupre Miller
Olive Beaupre Miller founded the Book House for Children Publishing Company with the purpose of not only teaching children how to read but to develop good character and choices in literature. She also wanted the stories to teach children about life, values and a variety of cultures as they grew up. Consideration was given to the material in terms of suitability for each stage in a child’s development. Each volume was focused on a certain age for the child and presented vocabulary, concepts and plot structure suitable to that age group.
Our visit to the Serrapede family at home continues where 54b-Serrapede Family in America, 1930s-In the news and on the radio (Part 1) left off. In this posting we continue our visit to the family at their apartment on a weeknight. Sam has returned from work, ready for dinner and some conversation about current events, radio programs for the evening and happenings in the neighborhood with Josie.
At the conclusion of our visit Uncle Sammy and I share some fun-filled memories of our favorite comics and magazines from our childhood.
All resources used for Part 1 and Part 2 are listed at the end of this posting.
Josie’s Advice to Sam: “Talk to me about what you read in the news.”
Letter to the editor written June 2nd and published on June 10, 1935.
This posting is a continuation of 54a-Station Break-In the News 1934: The Dionne Quintuplets, Part 1 . After the material on the Dionne Quintuplets is completed, Uncle Sammy and I share our childhood memories of products, toys and famous people in the news who were an important part of our childhoods. This is followed by the Resources section where you will find links to all sources used for this posting.
Dionne Quintuplets: Return to home and then out on their own
In 1943 the Mr. and Mrs. Dionne won custody of their daughters. The move back home was not the joyous occasion one might think. The Quintuplets were treated badly as their siblings showed signs of jealousy and their parents were constantly berating them. Yet Mr. and Mrs. Dionne thought enough of the money their daughters had made to live off of it without any qualms. When the quintuplets turned 18 they all left home and cut off ties with their family. As of 2014 only Cecilie and Annette remained alive.
Discussion with Uncle Sammy on Sunday, February 21, 2016 11-11:50 a.m.
Uncle Sammy and I discussed the cartoon characters and pop stars of our childhood that captured our imaginations. We attribute the fascination the public had with the Dionne Quintuplets part of the great desire people had for escape during the Great Depression. The fascination Uncle Sammy and I had for our favorites developed during different decades. In many ways they show the growing influence of radio, movies and then television marketing to children.