Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Childhood Toys

Randy Seaver posts a regular Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge and this answer of mine is Saggers family related.

The challenge topic for this weekend came from Jen at Auntie Jen’s Family Trees. She had posted “Throwback Thursday Favorite Toys” on 23 January, and Linda Seaver thought it would make a good SNGF topic. And Randy agreed.

“What are some (one or more) of the toys you played with as a child?
Share your favorite toy(s) with us….”

My favourite toys were books and dolls, to put them alphabetically. I don’t know which I’d have rated first when I was little. Before I left ‘home’ I ended up with a lot of dolls, and quite a lot of books. I still have a few of the dolls and a lot of the books – and more.

Not everything was brand new. In fact, since my Na enlisted me to help at the church sales she was involved in, I often got to pick out dolls and books second hand. And sometimes, if I was lucky, things were passed down to us.

Here is a now old book with thick board pages given to me by my great aunt and uncle, Uncle Bob and Aunt Elsie, my grandmother’s sister. It’s ‘well loved’, but still good enough that I read it to my little grandson.

It was published in England – the Saggers sisters were all from there; they’d emigrated to Canada in 1907. The book is from the 1940s so someone brought it back from a trip or perhaps a relative in England sent it here to Vancouver. As I child I didn’t care that a few scenes weren’t familiar ones but as it happens, many were. As you will see, the book was inscribed for me by Auntie Elsie and Uncle Bob. I’m sure I was excited about that. Not for my baby brother!

I was pretty careful with my books; my mother was always watchful, I thought. But this book does have initials pencilled in on almost every page. Whose, I wonder? And whose writing? I know it’s not mine. Maybe it’s one of those Saggers-Westwood cousins??

Happy Hours child's book cover 1940
Happy Hours children’s book, 1940s.
Published in Great Britain by Thomas Nelson and Sons, Ltd.
Happy Hours book page-little curl with paper curls in her hair
Home-Made Curls, For A Change. Happy Hours children’s book. Honor C Appleton was the artist. I am surprised I don’t remember trying to add some paper curls to my long and annoyingly straight hair. Perhaps Mum confiscated the scissors!
Happy Hours book page - Playing in the snow
Splendid Fun In the SnowHappy Hours children’s book. I’m afraid I can’t make out the artist’s name. Perhaps someone knows?
This scene in Vancouver, BC is one kids here all like to see.
And at the top, very faint now, is the inscription to me.

8 thoughts on “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Childhood Toys

  • January 28, 2020 at 4:19 am

    I will have to read these again 🙂

    • January 29, 2020 at 5:01 am

      This book is beautiful. I’m a book lover and particularly love old books. Your post has me thing about my memories of toys. Bikes and books seem to feature for me. Visiting from #heneabloggerstrive Sharing

  • January 28, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Lovely to have this old book to remember your grandaunts by 🙂 I don’t have any of my childhood books unfortunately, I had 4 siblings after me. I do have a life-size baby doll “Mary Ellen” who I received when I was born. She now sits on an antique-looking rocking horse in the hall. Sweet story.

  • February 1, 2020 at 12:50 am

    What a sweet book! My father still swears that kids had more fun in the 1940s than they do today – too much screen time and not enough outdoor play. He might be right there. 🙂

    • February 1, 2020 at 1:59 am

      I can still hear my mum call “Outside, outside”. We did play outside a lot, but many days then (as now) I’d rather be reading!

  • February 2, 2020 at 12:12 am

    These graphics are great! I remember similar illustrations from books in my youth — and how they drew me into the action.


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