Photographer The Quince Tree tells us about this really “neat” image taken on February 10, 2010: It is a page from a British children’s book published by Ladybird in 1958 called Shopping With Mother by M.E Gagg. Ladybird books were tremendously popular in Britain throughout the 50s, 60s and 70s. Their purpose was to teach children to read, much like Janet and John in the US. They were small child sized hard back books. This one cost two shillings and sixpence when new.
This particular book is very nostalgic for me as it portrays the kind of High St shopping I remember. ‘Buying daffodils for Mummy’ is my favourite of the set. Daffodils are so cheerful aren’t they?