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Title: RAG-BAG TOYS: With patterns for 11 toys Author: No Author Publication Date: No publication date listed, estimate in 1940's Publisher: Dryad Press, Leicaster Page Count: 47 Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 7 1/4" x 4 3/4" ISBN: None
PATTERN RATING: . All the patterns are full-size and on tissue paper that is folded and glued to the inner back cover of the book. The patterns given are for a teddy bear, cheerful 'darkie', Simple Simon, baby's ball, a giraffe, chubby pink pig(anthropomorphized), a golliwog, rag doll, stocking dolls: one white, one black(was also referred to as a 'darkie'), and a baby bunting doll. The toys look well made if racially offensive in some instances. The patterns have few markings to help the crafter.
INSTRUCTION RATING:. Toys are simple enough not to need a lot of instruction, which is a good thing, since instructions are pretty bare bone, with not a lot of illustration to go with them. If you don't already know what you're doing, the instructions won't help much.
SUMMARY- This book is pretty racially offensive with its golliwog and darkie dolls, but otherwise run-of-the-mill. I know those terms weren't considered bad back in the 40's, but they are shocking to see in print today. Dryad Press was usually pretty good about giving an author and date of publication, but they were remiss in both categories on this one. I've got to wonder why.
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