Vintage ORIGINAL 1930's DICK AND JANE CHARACTERS and information with PICTURES!!
Very FIRST Dick and Jane book! 1936 Dick and Jane 1934 More Dick and Jane Stories 1930 Elson-Gray Basic Reader Pre-Primer 1936 Elson-Gray Basic Pre-Primer 1934 Elson-Gray Second Pre-Primer
Mother, Father, Dick, Jane, and Baby
(1930 and 1936 Elson-Gray Basic Readers Pre-Primer)
Dick Jane Baby
(Later known as SALLY)
Spot Spot and Little Mew
(Little Mew became "PUFF" in the later editions)
In the 1930's Sally was not named yet... she was just called "BABY".
Spot (the dog) was a terrier. He was later changed to a cocker spaniel.
Other interesting facts: Contrary to what some people think... Spot was NEVER named "Happy"... and the cat was NEVER named, "Spot". Many people were misinformed of this from things they read on the internet. That information is incorrect!! I will address this and clear up the confusion with the facts below:
In the 1930's primer there is a story entitled, "The Birthday", about a family with two children named Nancy and Billy. They have a dog named "Happy", of which, looks like a "Scottie" breed of dog. Happy is Nancy and Billy's pet dog. Nancy and Billy are just friends of Dick and Jane. Below is a picture from that story.
They (Nancy & Billy) are even featured in another story in this same Primer book. That story is called, "The Surprise Party", in which Dick and Jane go to their grandparents farm. When they arrive, their grandfather has a surprise party... complete with a pony, pony rides, a wagon ride, and... Dick and Jane friend's are there too. The friends at the party are: Nancy, Billy, Patty and Tom. -- Yes! The same Nancy and Billy that own the dog named, "Happy". Therefore, it is clear that Nancy is not Jane, Billy is not Dick, and Happy the dog is not Spot! Nancy, Billy and Happy are completely different characters! Spot was never a scottie type of breed & Spot was never named Happy. Below are pictures taken from this story:
Another story that confused people is the storty entitled, "Spot and the Red Ball". That story is also in the 1930's Elson-Gray Basic Reader Primer. It features a cat named Spot. This story was actually a story that was used with permission from the publishers Thomas Nelson and Company, of whom featured this story in one of their books, prior to it even being in this Dick and Jane reader. Spot was never a cat, and Dick and Jane's cat (Little Mew otherwise known as "Puff") was never called Spot. The cat featured in the story, "Spot and the Red Ball", is an entirely different cat, and it is not part of the Dick and Jane characters.
One very interesting thing about the 1930's characters, DICK and JANE..... is that in the 1930 and 1936 Pre-Primer, as well as the 1934 second Pre-Primer... and the 1937 Before We Read Pre-Primer... Dick had dark brown or black hair and Jane had blonde hair. ~~ However, in the 1936 Primer book, Dick had blonde hair and Jane had reddish-brown hair. This was the only book that featured Dick with Blonde Hair, and Jane with dark hair. Please see pictures below from the different readers showing the Dick and Jane characters.
1930 / 1936 Pre-Primer 1934 Second Pre-Primer 1934 Second Pre-Primer
1937 Before We Read - Pre-Primer / Pre-Reader
1936 Elson-Gray Basic Readers PRIMER 1936 Elson-Gray Basic Readers PRIMER
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