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This beautiful children’s print captioned “I am glad as Queen of the Flowers to welcome you to Flowerland” is from the book Mamma’s Angel Child in Toyland published in 1915 by Rand McNally & Company of Chicago. Written by Marie Christine Sadler and illustrated by M. T. (Penny) Ross (1881 – 1937) each color plate is as charming, vibrant and colorful as when it was first published.

M. T. Ross, or Penny as he was affectionately called, was the illustrator of numerous children’s books for various authors from 1900 into the 1930’s. He is perhaps best known for his humanized flowers in the Elizabeth Gordon book, yet he was also a very successful comic artist in the early twentieth century. Around 1913 he created the newspaper comic “Mamma’s Angel Child” which was syndicated in 25 major newspapers nationwide for fifteen years. He also worked with his friend R.F. Outcault, to develop the comic strip Buster Brown and his dog Tige, occasionally helping draw the comic strip for his friend. Several of his cartoons are in the permanent comic strip collection at the Smithsonian. Penny was also one of the five illustrators who worked for Walt Disney prior to the formation of the Walt Disney Studios. In 1926 he moved his family to Southern California from their home in Oak Park, Illinois to work for RKO and other studios as a set designer. While Mamma’s Angel in Toyland is a much scarcer book thus making it less well known, the illustrations still have all the Penny Ross beauty and attention to detail that he is known for.

There is uniform yellowing of this page with slight darkening at the page edge. The paper quality is a high gloss which was excellent for a children’s book from that time period that was intended for mass distribution. The actual images are also typical of the printing process available at that time and what you would expect of a print that is almost 100 years old. The rough edge from the binding has been removed but that is the only "altering" that has taken place (the interior edge is trimmed). Prints are carefully mounted on mats to simplify framing after purchase and to protect the print during display or shipment. All mat materials are acid and lignin free, the actual print is not archival safe. The original book measured approximately 6” x 8-1/2” but the book plate is being sold custom matted in ivory to fit in a standard 9x12 frame.

Vintage book illustrations are always the perfect decorating choice for any room in your home or office. They also make great gifts for a birthday, baby shower, housewarming, holiday, or for that special someone, as they are always beautiful, unique and unusual. Browse our store for other antique prints in this series to complete a matching wall grouping or for other areas of interest.

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1915 Penny Ross Queen of the Flowers in Flowerland Vintage Book Illustration


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  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Materials: Original Vintage Book Illustraton, Mat, Cardstock
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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