In 1940 the Dick and Jane characters went through a drastic change in their appearance. Dick used to have black hair in some of the 1930's editions. However, in a couple of the 1930's editions Dick had strawberry blonde colored hair and Jane had an auburn colored hair (please see the pictures on the "1930's Dick and Jane characters" page. The link to that is on the left side bar). Now, in the 1940's, Dick's hair is brown, and Jane's hair is blonde. Their facial features have changed somewhat as well. Also, you will notice with each era, their clothing style reflects the time frame of the specified eras. Eleanor Campbell was one of the main illustrators for the 1940 Dick and Jane readers.
Below are some pictures of the Dick and Jane characters from the 1940's
Dick Jane Baby
Spot Puff Tim
(Sally's Teddy bear)
There were THREE Pre-Primers in the 1940's. They were: We Work and Play, We Come and Go, and We Look and See.
There were two different copyrights in the 1940's, of the Dick and Jane Pre-Primers. They were: copyright 1940, and a revised version was issued, which was the 1946-47 edition. please see pics below showing the three pre-primers.
We Work and Play - 1946-47 We Come and Go - 1940 We Look and See - 1946-47
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