The 1942 copyright of, "The Boxcar Children" is the edition that has the story line, in which most people remember and know from their childhood. It was the 1942 edition that Gertrude Chandler Warner had completely revised, with major differences, from the very first original story line of the 1924 edition of The Boxcar Children. Some of these differences include: the descriptive details within the story, the publishing company, the illustrator, the reading level, and more! To learn more about these differences, please refer to the tab to the left that reads: "Comparison Chart of the vintage Boxcar Children books".
Even though the very first original story of The Boxcar Children was written in 1924 and published by Rand McNally.... it went through a drastic and complete revision in 1942. The 1942 edition was published by a different publishing company (Scott Foresman & Co.) and it was illustrated by a different illustrator (L. Kate Deal). When a book goes through huge changes like those found between the 1924 and the 1942 editions... such as: considerable detail differences, a different publishing company and a different illustrator... the book gets a new copyright. That is why, even though the 1924 Boxcar Children, published by Rand McNally, is a true first edition... the 1942 edition, published by Scott Foresman & Company is also a true first edition!!! The 1950
Boxcar Children book is a second edition, of which was simply a slight revision of the 1942 version.
The 1942 edition is the storyline that MOST people remember when they think of The Boxcar Children. Very few people ever got the chance to read the 1924 edition. Of all, The Boxcar Children books, the 1924 and the 1942 edition are the hardest to find & by far the most valuable, (collectible). The 1924 edition has a blue hard cover with a pictorial paste down. The 1942 edition has an orange pictorial hard cover. The 1950 edition has a brownish-red (rusty / brick red) pictorial hard cover.
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