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This wonderful illustration of “The Little Brown Monkey & Grandma’s Birthday Surprise” is from the book by the same name The Little Brown Monkey written by Elizabeth Upham (1904 – 2004 in Monroe, Michigan) and illustrated by Marjorie Hartwell. Published in 1949 by The Platt & Munk Co of New York it was the second collaboration between Upham and Hartwell who also did Little Brown Bear in 1942. Hartwell is the illustrator of over 59 works spanning the 1940’s and 1950’s. She was also an illustrator for the Little Golden Books. She currently lives in Connecticut.

There is uniform tanning of this page with slightly darker coloring at the front of the page edge. The paper quality is a light stock commonly used for children books during WWII. The actual image is typical of the printing process available at that time and what you would expect of a print that is over 60 years old. The rough edge from the binding has also 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 7-1/2” x 10” but the book plate is being sold custom matted to fit in an 11x14 standard frame.

Collectible book prints are always the perfect decorating choice for any room in your home or office. They also make great gifts for a birthday, wedding, baby, housewarming, the holidays, or any occasion, as they are always beautiful, unique and unusual. Browse our store for other collectible prints in this series to complete a matching wall grouping or for other areas of interest.

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Vintage 1949 Little Brown Monkey & Grandma's Surprise Print


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  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: original vintage book illustration, mat, cardstock
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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