Greetings Christmas 1922
. Kaufmann's . [Pittsburgh
PN6071.C6 K3 1922 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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The book is written by Santa Claus for all the good boys and girls. It is published by Kaufmann's, The Big Store. Christmas, 1922 is at the base of the front cover, which features a picture of Santa with two children in front of the Christmas tree, surrounded by various gifts. Together they are reading a book of Mother Goose. After Three Bears; Ding, Dong, Bell; and Little Red Riding-Hood there are four unillustrated fables: FG, WS, The Fox and the Lion, and The Hares and the Lions. WS is mistitled The North Wind and the Lion! Someone was asleep at the switch! Little Jack Horner, Humpty-Dumpty, and verses by Robert Louis Stevenson follow. The latter part of the book features poetry on the alphabet and animals, Mary's Lamb, Ten Little Animals, Christmas, and Old Woman in a Shoe. Many of the selections feature full-color illustrations. In curious fashion, the alphabet is partly full-colored, and the animal poems are partly illustrated with monochrome illustrations and partly with black-and-white. This pamphlet is losing its cohesion. The fables as the middle page have already come loose. The fox in FG turned away, beguiling herself of her disappointment…. The moral is Out of reach is not worth having. WS is told in the better form. The Hares and the Lions has for a moral Arguments backed by power are most convincing. The hares' argument that all should be equal received this reply from the lions: Your words. O Hares! are good; but they lack both claws and teeth such as we have. The cover illustration is signed Lentz. Here is a rare piece of ephemera! According to Wikipedia, Kaufmann's was an iconic department store that originated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The store became a regional chain in the eastern United States, and was last owned by Federated Department Stores. At the height of its existence it had some 59 stores in 5 states.