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Janet and John books, pre-war medication advert and St Francis School World Book Day 2006
Janet and John books, pre-war medication advert and St Francis School World Book Day 2006
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As we contemplate Christmas books, we think about the characters portrayed in them, and as a child, one letter to Santa was for a Rupert Bear book.

My first picture today (above) is from a very different generation portraying characters on World Book Day a decade ago.

Janet and John books, pre-war medication advert and St Francis School World Book Day 2006

Janet and John books, pre-war medication advert and St Francis School World Book Day 2006

To give you a clue they attended St Francis’ School. You may readily identify them or some of the books and characters they portray.

My second picture (above right) is to remind us that in times past before the NHS.

It was vital your medicine cabinet was well stocked with powders and pills to counteract the effects of colds and flu.

Here is a pre-war advert, price and claim for such a product.

Janet and John books, pre-war medication advert and St Francis School World Book Day 2006

Janet and John books, pre-war medication advert and St Francis School World Book Day 2006

Perhaps you took your tablet or powder with hot milk or on a spoon with jam on it.

Now back to books and my third picture (right) is a reminder of early learning books in the Janet and John series.

I hope this brings back memories of early reading books or spelling books like “Everyday Words”.

Today you simply ask Google to spell a word for you, and any item of typed work can be checked for grammar and spelling on the computer.

Not so for many of us in our younger days, and we had the threat of impending doom at school if we got less than half marks in our spelling tests or written work.

Today, satellites and their use in modern technology really are the bright stars in the sky for our youngsters, and if we are totally honest for many of us oldies too.