[New York]: Platt & Munk, 1941. Set of six side-stapled activity books, measuring 8.5 x 7.5 inches, each containing six full-page line drawings and corresponding sheets of red and blue shapes on gummed paper. Original color pictorial wrappers. Housed in original publisher’s color pictorial box. Light shelfwear to box.
Complete boxed set of six patriotic activity books, published as the United States was on the brink of entering World War II. Children were encouraged to cut out the colored shapes, dampen the gummed backing, and paste them onto a series of iconic American images: the Mayflower, the Liberty Bell, the American Eagle, the Capitol, the Statue of Liberty. Historical portraits include the “Pilgrim Father” and “Pilgrim Mother,” the “American Indian,” George Washington, Paul Revere, Abraham Lincoln, Buffalo Bill, Teddy Roosevelt, and Thomas Edison. The six titles are Airplanes and Ships, American Pioneers, Famous Americans, Famous Presidents, Historic Landmarks, and Patriotic Designs. OCLC locates one incomplete set (four of six, lacking Famous Presidents and Historic Landmarks) at the Toronto Public Library. A fine, unused example of popular patriotic iconography marketed to American children.