An Old-Fashioned Girl circa 1926

My book arrived yesterday in the mail and I was so happy to have it back in my library! I look forward to reading this book. It seems so appropriate to have an 85 year-old copy of a book with the title, An Old-Fashioned Girl. I’ve assembled all the illustrations into a slide show; they are drawn by Eleanore Abbott. Beautiful plates very typical for that era.  Here’s a little information from her from this website which also has more of her illustrations:

Elenore Plaisted was born in Lincoln, Maine, in 1875, later marrying Yarnell Abbott. She studied in Pennsylvia and Paris before entering the famous Drexel Institute in 1899, where she studied with Howard Pyle. Her illustrations appeared in many magazines of the time, such as Saturday Evening Post, Harper’s Magazine, and Scribner’s. She also illustrated books such as Stevenson’s Kidnapped and Treasure Island, Johann David Wyss’ Swiss Family Robinson, Louisa May Alcott’s An Old-Fashioned Girl, and did a color treament of Tenniel’s engravings for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. And, of course, Grimm’s Fairy Tales. She combined a childlike, vigorous imagination with a surpassing skill with watercolors. She died in 1935, and we wish we knew more about her.

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5 Replies to “An Old-Fashioned Girl circa 1926”

    1. There are a lot of vintage LMA books for sale online. I just subscribed to “Louisa May Alcott” on Google alerts and found out about this particular book.

      I have a children’s primer dating to that era with similar-type illustrations and I treasure it.

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