Aesop's Fables with Compliments of Chelmsford Ginger Ale
. Chelmsford Ginger Ale; Brown & Bigelow . St. Paul, MN
PZ8.2.A254 1926b (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This little booklet of sixteen pages answers some questions and raises others. It offers seven spreads of a full-page picture on the left and a text on the right. Before that, there is a cover showing a fox dressed as a hunter with a rifle and ducks on his back. After that, there is a back cover advertising Chelmsford soft drinks. The answers come for a different set of items using these pictures, namely Bloom Calendar Blotters. I had asked of the pictures there: Are these all fables? Here we get texts to go along with some of those questionable pictures. LM alone is told and illustrated in standard fashion. Then come stories that are new to me. A rooster is bragging to a carpenter hare that he is of more use to the master; the master then kills the rooster and says that he is good only for Sunday dinner. The next fable has a little bear named Johnny lying to Papa Bear about a monstrous fish that was on his hook. A monkey praying for bananas is told to swing his tail up to the top of a tree, and heaven rewards him for helping himself. A black child named Sambo in the deepest jungles of dark Africa checks out a new hole before he dives in; there is a crocodile there all ready to swallow him up. Papa Bear catches a fox who is stealing a hen and gives him a caning not for the stealing but for lying about it. This booklet is a good example of the way in which proverbs, all quoted in their pictures, can shape stories. Some questions have to do with the location of Brown and Bigelow, here located in St. Paul and there in Boston.