Cole’s Funny Picture Book 1


Cole was a book dealer in Melbourne, whose “Book Arcade” was the biggest book outlet of its day.

Cole published two Picture Books for children, and one included a section titled Smoking Land (among other sections titles as, for example, Naughty Girls, Boys’ Names, Puppy Land, School Land…).

The Gutenberg Press has converted the Coles Funny Picture Book 1; from this I rediscovered some of the (now, fairly horrendous) rhymes written for children in 1879.

Contents, Cole’s Picture Book 1


Coles Funny Picture Book 1,  Section Titles

(O M G – How writing for children has changed!
But still, there are many copies of Cole’s Funny Picture Book 1 and Cole’s Funny Picture Book 2, hiding in grandparents’ cupboards. Theses are the {gauche/babyish} chapter headings considered appropriate – by Mr Cole, anyway.)

BABY RHYMEScover_Coles Funny Picture Book 1

LITTLE CHILDREN’S STORIES

GIRL LAND

BOY LAND

DOLLY LAND

NAUGHTINESS LAND

SANTA CLAUS LAND

PLAY LAND

READING LAND

WRITING LAND

DRAWING LAND

OLD MEN TALES

OLD WOMEN TALES

TRAVELLING LAND

NAME LAND

GAME LAND

PUSSY LAND

DOGGY LAND

GOAT LAND

MONKEY LAND

GEE-GEE LAND

DONKEY LAND

MOO-MOO LAND

PIGGY LAND

BUNNY LAND

RAT LAND

MOUSEY LAND

FROGGY LAND

COMIC ADVERTISER ( under which you’ll find various sections, then…)

        Boy Smoking

        Narcotics and Intoxicants

        Pipes of the world

GOD

–        The Ancients’ Idea of God

–        The Name of God in 48 Languages

–        The Moderns’ Idea of God

–        Eternal Goodness