Vintage Monday - Children's Annuals

This will come as no surprise to people that have known me since our shop days - I have collected Vintage Children's Annuals for at least 8 years. Initially when I start collecting something I get a little carried away (like my cookie jars)... I start all gun-ho and buy buy buy, especially if it's cheap. Then I step back and think, maybe I don't need that many and will sell a few and I then refine what I buy... (Back to the cookie jars - I now only collect ones with faces) ... The same now applies with my vintage annuals. I have to love the cover illustrations and especially ones illustrated by Denis McLoughlin. I am no longer addicted to scouring the internet (ebay and etsy) but am happy to stumble across them in vintage shops or markets... In my opinion Vintage Annuals make great display pieces and artwork. They are bright, colourful and sometimes a little politically incorrect for today's times... I have been wanting to frame at least 12 covers and hang them in a grid / block on a wall, however I have no wall space left, so that will have to wait... Instead I have photographed and printed a few at home and stuck the prints to the wall - a lot cheaper and easy to change around.... And a few years ago I had my favourite cover printed up super large, mounted it on thick foam core and it hangs in my sons bedroom... I seriously have so many children's vintage decorating ideas I could fill a book....