1938 Child Life Magazines ~ February through September
The February through September issues, of the 1938 Child Life Magazines, feature a Very RARE version of, The Boxcar Children, story. This unique version is a blend of the 1924 edition with added details that go on to become a significant part of the, completely revised, 1942 edition. There are also a few interesting details that are not found in any of the book editions.
The story featured in this magazine series is titled, "The Box-Car Adventure". This unusual version of The Boxcar Children story can only be found in this set of magazines. The story beings in the February issue and continues on into the September issues. Therefore, in order to get the complete version of this story... you will need the following issues:
February 1938 March 1938 April 1938
May 1938 June 1938 July 1938
August 1938 September 1938
Note: January, October, November, and December do NOT have The Boxcar Children story. It is only in the months, February through September 1938.
What is really unique about, "The Box-Car Adventure" story, (found in this set of magazines); is that, the author, Gertrude Chandler Warner, used this story to begin the transition of changing the "Cordyce Children" to the "Alden Children". This is basically the introduction, or "Rebirth", of the Boxcar Children under their new last name, "ALDEN".
As we know, the true birth of the Boxcar Children was in the original 1924 edition, when the children had the last name of, "Cordyce". So, respectively, the "rebirth" would be most appropriate for the 1942 edition, especially since that was when their names were changed to Alden and the storyline was also changed.
The children's last name, in the 1924 edition of The Boxcar Children, was Cordyce (as was, their Grandfather's name too). However, when Gertrude Chandler Warner completely revised her story in 1942, she changed the children's last name and their Grandfather's last name to Alden instead. The story, in this magazine set, became the introduction of the children as the "Aldens", in preparation for the upcoming, newly written, (at that time) new release of the 1942 Boxcar Children book.
The interesting thing about, "The Box-Car Adventure" story in this magazine set, is that nearly the entire storyline and details follow the original 1924 edition, rather than the 1942 edition. For instance, even the names of the towns and the baker's wife are the same as the 1924 edition. Also, the beginning is very similar to the 1924 beginning and Jessie's name was still Jess. There are MANY more similarities, as well as, exact details; all of which were from the original 1924 edition. Therefore, this story is a very close representation of the true original 1924 Boxcar Children book. Although, there are some interesting surprises in this version!
There are a few "small" differences in details that were not found in either the 1924 or the 1942 edition. Such as, "frosted cakes" and "lemon pies". Ms. Warner must have decided to add those details to make this particular story even more interesting and with a little twist of fun! ~ Therefore, it is like reading yet another version of, The Boxcar Children.
Perhaps Gertrude was toying around with some ideas that came to mind while she was thinking of ways to revise the 1942 edition. I do not know for sure; however, while comparing the details of this version, as well as, the 1924 and 1942 editions, that is what makes the most sense to me.
I think it is neat to see Gertrude's transition writing, of this famous story, while she was in the process of completely rewriting her Boxcar Children story. I truly believe any serious collector of, The Boxcar Children, would greatly appreciate owning this collection of magazines, featuring this rare and captivating version of The Boxcar Children story.
Even more interesting, is that this set features rare illustrations
of The Boxcar Children and their story scenes. Giving you a new and interesting look at the characters, their settings, their clothing, and more! The illustrator, who did the illustrations for the Boxcar Children story featured in this magazine series, was Marguerite Davis. Of whom, illustrated various other vintage children's books, such as, "The Children's Own Readers, by Ginn and Company.
Marguerite Davis did not illustrate any of, The Boxcar Children books.
The original 1924 edition was illustrated by, Dorothy Lake Gregory. The 1942 and later editions were illustrated by, L. Kate Deal. None of the illustrations found in the Boxcar Children story, within these magazines, are found in the the 1924, the 1942, or any other Boxcar Children books.
The illustrations from this set are unique to this story, featured in this magazine set. I personally love the illustrations in this set. They are more detailed than any other vintage Boxcar Children illustration that I have ever seen. Although, the color plates, found in the 1924 edition, would be a close runner up; as far as detailed graphics go. Any collector will appreciate the detail in the artist's work for this story.
Below are just a few samples of the many illustrations you will find within this wonderful set. Each issue (February through September) has a few different illustrations to go along with this story. I had to share a few samples of them with you!! :)
★ Wait!!! ~ It gets even BETTER!!! → The March 1938 issue of this magazine set has Paper Dolls of , The Boxcar Children. The paper dolls were illustrated by Marguerite Davis as well.
Surely, no Boxcar Children collection is complete without having this magazine set, featuring the rare story, "The Box-Car Adventure".
The original 1924 edition; the 1942, completely revised edition; the 1950 edition; and.... this magazine set are the most collectible and rarest of, The Boxcar Children Series, not to mention, a very wise investment for the vintage children's book collector.