Chris Palmer One of my favorite Christmas books I have in my collection is this vintage childrens’ story about toy soldiers coming to life on Christmas Eve. Though there is no publication date, it is inscribed on the title page, “Roger Hill 1926”. It is a small volume, measuring only 5” x 4.5”.
It is interesting to note that the artist had some knowledge of the toy soldiers he drew, as many of the poses pictured are very similar to a variety of semi-round lead soldiers that were available at the time. These were often cast by small manufacturers, or Mom & Pop dime store owners, from commercially available German molds, and sold individually or in boxed sets.
I will run the story in three parts, with the first part today, and the next two over the following two weeks.
So, on with the tale of the Warriors Brave:
(You can click any photo to view it larger.)
Tune in next week, for the continuing adventure…