Bye Bye Cat, Hello Princess!

Illustration:  “A LOVELY PRINCESS STOOD BEFORE HIM.”  From the story "The White Cat."  Mother’s Yellow Fairy Tale Book.  Arranged by Laura Dent Crane.  Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1905.

“A LOVELY PRINCESS STOOD BEFORE HIM.”

From the story “The White Cat.”

Mother’s Yellow Fairy Tale Book.

Arranged by Laura Dent Crane.

Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1905.

16 thoughts on “Bye Bye Cat, Hello Princess!

    1. It is uplifting if you are an enchanted princess! The cat has to be killed in order for her to come back. I would rather have a cat, but this was the prince’s call and he wanted a princess!

      Elephant

  1. Continuing a previous discussion, I read one article from 1936 by George Orwell, that :”Modern books for children are rather horrible things, especially when you see them in the mass. Personally I would sooner give a child a copy of Petronius Arbiter than Peter Pan, but even Barrie seems manly and wholesome compared with some of his later imitators.” And it has a lot of bitterly funny stories in this collection of articles published by Penguin under the title “Books v. Cigarettes”

    1. Orwell was right – children’s books were horrible! Pressing the poor kids and worrying them. I don’t know Books vs. Cigarettes – I will look it up. Really, I think you understand the nightmare of old children’s books – they did attempt to mold the mind of kids in a very harsh way!

      Elephant

    1. Well, I hate it too, but the dead cat turns into a princess so . . . the magic ones say chop that cat’s head off! Killing something then getting a mate happens a great deal in fairy tales.

      Elephant

        1. I find the old books in various places, I buy them and I try in my simple way to restore the images in Photoshop. It is nice to keep these images “alive” – old books fall apart and deteriorate no matter how much we wish it didn’t happen.
          Elephant

          1. Yeah… Some of them are really beautiful, especially that one with cinderella, I think? Maybe you won’t know what I’m talking about, because there are a lot of them. Its great that you’re finding a way to share them. 🙂

            1. I do know the “Cinderella one(s)”! I know my books. It is very special that you have looked so closely at my posts. Maybe it is a small thing, but it is a pleasure for me to focus on one special thing.

              Thank you for your comments – very nice!

              Elephant

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