Racine, Wisconsin: Whitman Publishing Company, 1962. The Myers. Staplebound. [EPHEMERA] [ACTIVITY BOOK]. The Myers, illustrators of the front wrapper. Folio (13 7/8” x 9 7/8”); 6 complete and unpunched stiff leaves; color pictorial stiff glazed wrapper, 2 children and a hat rack on front, 2 hats to punch out on rear; all leaves are printed in color and black on the verso; merchant green price tag “Mammoth Mart Dept B 29¢”; light spot to front bottom; near fine. Not found in OCLC. Near fine. Item #1316
Unused play hat-making activity book for children. Included are a Knight’s Helmet, a Pirate’s Hat, a Cowboy Hat with Sheriff’s Badge, an Easter Bonnet and a Dutch Cap, a Clown Hat with a Mask, and Admiral’s Hat, and on the rear wrapper a Fairy Queen’s Crown and a Baseball Cap, all with printed instructions for construction. The book is being reproduced today by private sellers and not by Whitman Publishing.
Punch out or press out books were large toy books with perforated shapes easily pushed out with the fingers. Whitman Publishing produced many colorful and fun books with different themes during the mid-20th century. It is unusual to find them complete and with the perforations intact.