When I found these brass bookends in England recently, they did not make me think of Halloween. Instead, I was reminded of the the many great British illustrated children’s books from the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries—the Golden Age of children’s literature. Artists like Walter Crane, Randolph Caldecott, Kate Greenaway, Howard Pyle, Beatrix Potter and Arthur Rackham fired the imaginations of young readers—and some of their images were imprinted forever in the memories of many. I often find myself recalling some artful depiction from my childhood—perhaps from a fairytale, a nature book or a Children’s Bible story—even though I have long forgotten the specific story or the book it may have illustrated. These arched cats, British-made in the Thirties, may stimulate a future memory—forty, fifty, sixty years from now—for someone who is still a young child today. Please click upon the picture above to learn more about these unusual bookends.
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