Victorian Children Fridge Magnet Set of 6

Fridge magnets picture illustrations from a Victorian storybook
Victorian boy riding hobby horse magnet Victorian boy teaches dog tricks magnet Victorian boy with pigeons magnet Victorian boy with mother goat and kid magnet Victorian boys catch butterflies magnet Victorian children sail toy boat magnet Specify separate poly bags to keep some and gift some of this set.
Brand: Magnetfun
Product Code: 1773
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Refrigerator magnets picture six illustrations from a children's book of the late 1890s, called Little Playfellows, from the Sugar Plum Series puiblished by Peter G. Thomson. 

Magnets picture:

  • A boy and girl sailing a toy boat (George and Lily from the story The Little Mariners)

  • Boy teaching dog to do tricks (from the Dog of the Regiment story about the dog named Pompey)

  • Boy riding hobby horse (from The Little Cavalier story)

  • Boy with pigeons (from Little Savoyard story)

  • Boy with goats (from The Goat and her Kid story)

  • Boys catching butterflies (from story Poor Gustave about a boy who loses his eye)

This set of magnets picture illustrations from an 1884 children's storybook, Little Playfellows, from the publisher's Sugar Plum Series.  The writer and illustrator is not known but the publisher's first wife, the former Laura Gamble, wrote some of the company's children's books so possibly she wrote the stories: The Little Cavalier, The Little Savoyard, The goat and Her Kid, The Dog of the Regiment, The Little Mariners and Poor Gustave.
A decade later the publisher, Peter G. Thomson of Cincinnati, Ohio (1851-1931), would acquire and expand a small paper company, Champion Paper, to become America's largest producer of coated papers.  
When the Sugar Plum Series was issued, the firm had been publishing children's books and paper dolls for only a few years but had demonstrated sufficient success to attract the attention of another children's book publisher, the McLaughlin Brothers.  McLaughlin was building a publishing empire based on color children's books and chose to purchase Thomson rather than compete with him.  The Little Playfellows were one of the books that McLaughlin continued publishing.  I found reference on the web to another book in the Sugar Plum series in which Thomson heavily advertised toys and games.
Proceeds from the sale of the publishing company helped Thomson finance his acquisition of Champion Paper's machinery patents for enameling paper.  Thomson correctly anticipated that the new halftone printing process would create a growing market for coated paper stocks.

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