1880s Bizarre Children's Booklet Harriet & the Matches

Children's Little Book Entitled Harriet and the Matches, Aunt Mollies Series, Published by Peter G. Thomson, Cincinnati Ohio . Estimated publication date 1882 to 1887.8 pages long counting the front and back cover (since their pictures are part of the story) Staple binding with tear of binding below bottom staple. Corner off on lower right and chip on bottom edge. No writing in booklet. Looks like a water type mark on inside back cover with no change in the integrity of the paper. Measures 6” by 4”.

In 1882 Peter G. Thomson and his wife started to publish children’s books and games. Later, valentines were added. The children's books sold for a dime.This business was so successful that in 1887 it was bought by the McLaughlin Brothers of Brooklyn, N. Y., in an effort to end Thomson’s competition in children's publications. He then went into the paper business after that. So the publication estimation time of this booklet is between 1882 and 1887.

The original manuscript was written by Heinrich Hoffmann, a Frankfurt physician who wanted to buy a picture book for his son for Christmas in 1844. Not impressed by what the stores had to offer, he instead bought a notebook and wrote his own stories and pictures. Der Struwwelpeter (1845) was a popular German children's book by Heinrich Hoffmann. It comprises ten illustrated and
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