Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax, 1928 first edition, by Ethel Clere Chamberlin.


Written by Ethel Clere Chamberlin. Illustrated by Janet Laura Scott. First edition, 1928. The Saalfield Publishing Company. Akron, Ohio and New York.

A collection of 33 charming short stories that answer questions early 20th century children asked.

What were the strange-looking birds that Captain Amundsen saw at the South Pole?

How did a cithara become a piano?

How did they get telegraph cable from here to England?

Who invented submarines?

Ethel Clere Chamberlin (1886 - 1931) was an American author of children's books and historical fiction. She wrote several books about American history and culture: The Romance of Old Glory, The Story of Our Flag, and Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax. She also wrote biographies of famous Americans, such as Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson.

Janet Laura Scott (1888 - 1968) illustrated many popular books, such as The Bobbsey Twins series by Laura Lee Hope, Little Lost Angel by Janet Field Heath, and Wild Flower Children by Elizabeth Gordon. She also painted landscapes, figures, and harbor views, mostly in Maine. She was known for her colorful and detailed style, and her ability to capture the charm and whimsy of childhood.
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Condition: Very Good. Lacks dust Jacket, as issued. Illustrated card stock cover boards with red cloth spine: Light shelf wear; corners lightly bumped; spine is lightly faded. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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