The very FIRST Box-Car Children Book Ever Written...
The Vintage Original 1924 First Edition!
Shown with the original white box that it was issued in.
Contrary to what most people believe, the very first vintage original Boxcar Children book was published in 1924 by Rand McNally and Company.
It has been assumed by many, that the first publication of this title was in 1942. The reason for people not knowing about the 1924 first edition, is primarily due to how scarce this book is. There were very few of them produced in comparison to the later 1942 and 1950 editions. Also, due to the age of the 1924 edition, and shuffling around over many years, very few of them even exist anymore.
Although the 1924 edition of, The Boxcar Children, is a true 1st edition, and it is the very first original Boxcar Children books ever written by Gertrude Chandler Warner..... the 1942 edition is also a true 1st edition!
The 1942 went through a major revision with many details being changed, left out and added. The stroryline was so drastic, as was the illustrations, the change in publsihing company and the change in illustrator... that the 1942 book went under a new copyright. Thus, the ONLY 1st editions of, The Boxcar Children, books are the 1924 and the 1942 editions.
The 1950 edition was a slight revision of the 1942 edition. The 1950 copyright is a 2nd edition. The most collectible and valubale of these books are the: 1924, the 1942, and the 1950 editions.
Sadly, the 1924 editions were not as durable, as far as the bindings go, thus they did not hold up very well. Most of them are missing pages, of which, usually consisted of one or more of the four color plates (pages). They typically have broken or loose bindings as well as page tears, writing, and extreme fading or rubbing of the pictorial covers and gilt.
To even find a copy of the 1924 edition is hard enough, but to obtain one in fairly good and solid condition with all four color plates, is nearly impossible. However, if you ever get the chance to own the 1924 first edition of this book title, it will most definitely be one of your prize possessions of your collection, no matter what the condition. It is truly a wise investment for the serious collector of vintage children's books and scarce first editions.
It is one of the best vintage collectible children's book to date! Any collector would be ecstatic to own the 1924 edition of this book title! The 1924 edition of "The Box-Car Children" also came in a white cardboard box with a matching pictorial paste down. I have only seen ONE of these original boxes in all the years that I have specialized in The Boxcar Children, that was the one that I owned and already sold, of which is pictured above! I do not know of any other 1924 Boxcar Children boxes that exist. It is highly likely that most people threw them away over the years.
For many years now, I have done, and still do, worldwide searches several times every single day for this book. I cannot stress how difficult it is to find this book. Especially if you are looking for one in complete and good condition. If you are seriously interested in owning one of the 1924 editions of this title, it would be in your best interest to grab one up the first chance you get!
The 1924 edition of, The Box-Car Children, is out of print!!! No other copyrights exist on the 1924 version of this book! The original storyline and version of the 1924 edition of, The Box-Car Children has never been reprinted, or reissued. It is the one and only of this version of the Boxcar Children story!
Here are pictures of the FOUR COLOR PLATES that are ONLY featured in the original 1924 Boxcar Children book:
color plate # 1 color plate # 2
colorplate # 3 color plate # 4
The above illustrated color plates (pages) are the work of: Dorothy Lake Gregory, of whom was best known for her, Alice In Wonderland, lithographs and paintings.
The later editions, (1942 and 1950) of, The Boxcar Children, did NOT have any colored illustrations. They had black and white illustrations in the form of silhouettes.
Another interesting thing to note, is that the 1924 edition is significantly different than that of the 1942 or the 1950 editions. There are major differences, such as: the story details and descriptions, as well as different publishers and illustrators, and more!
The 1924 edition is far more interesting to read than any of the later editions! It instantly became the favorite version of all who had read this 1924 version of, The Boxcar Children. If you are a Boxcar Children fan, you have not lived until you read the 1924 edition of this amazing story! It is the HOLY GRAIL of ALL the Boxcar Children books!
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