Stella and Rose’s copy of this rag book is dated circa 1939, number 344 and is beautifully illustrated by A.E. Kennedy with colour pictures of animals that are still bright after all these years. Albert Ernest Kennedy was born in 1883 in Leyton, London and died at the age of eighty. He was the elder brother of the notable flower painter Cecil Kennedy.
Rag books were patented by Dean’s Rag Book Company in 1903 by Henry Samuel Dean with the trademark logo designed by Stanley Berkley of a bulldog and terrier fighting over a rag book “quite indestructible, washable & hygienic”. Their catchy advertising phase was for “those who wear their food and eat their clothes”.