Letters to Enid part 4


Past letters pages can be found under the letters page tag.


Letters page from Volume 1, issue 13. September 2nd-15th 1953

OUR

LETTER PAGE

 1. A letter from Avril Archer, Lisheens, Carrickmines, Co. Dublin.
Dear Enid Blyton;
I have been getting your magazine ever since it came out, and I enjoy it very much. Sometimes I read the stories to my kitten and he sits very still while I read to him. I like best “Five Go Down to the Sea”. I found the flower that tells what the weather is going to be it will be very useful. Now I won’t have to carry an umbrella – I’ll use it for a sunshade!
From your friend,
Avril Archer.

2. A letter from Margaret Bride, 41 Shepherds Bush Green, London.
Dear Enid Blyton,
I am writing for my Brownie pack. At our parade last Sunday we collected a shilling, and we thought we would like to give it to the Sunbeam Club, so here is a postal order from the Brownies.
Yours sincerely,
Margaret.

3. A letter from Vanessa Bennett, 72 Bristol Road, Birmingham.
Dear Enid Blyton,
I have a very peculiar story to tell you. Once my little brother Lincoln was coming home from school on his scooter when a little brown and white dog ran across the road to him. Lincoln didn’t take any notice of him, but this little puppy followed him all the way home. He sat shivering on the door-step, whining to get in, and Mummy let him in. He sat by the fire, still shivering, and we called the vet. He said the puppy had distemper. When he was better the police said we could keep him. We call him Mischief and he is now as lively and happy as a king.
Lots of love, from
Vanessa

4. Extract from a letter from Jilly Peters, P.P. Box 202, Ndola, N. Rhodesia.
Dear Enid Blyton,
Can you work this out? Can you arrange two match sticks so that they make ten? I have tricked you! Put them in Roman figures, like this, X. Isn’t that clever?
Love from Jill.


I wish I knew that the first letter is referring to, there’s a flower that predicts the weather? At first I read it as a flower that could predict the weather AND could be carried as a sun-shade, but I suspect Avril means that she will use her umbrella as a sun-shade instead.

I looked it up and Ndola is now in Zambia. I know very little of the history of the countries that make up Africa and was interested to read a bit about Rhodesia which only existed for fourteen years.

I’ve noticed that so far most of the letters have been sent in by girls, and from my brief search through before I think that trend continues. I wonder if more girls wrote in, or Blyton picked more girls’ letters, or a mix of both.

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1 Response to Letters to Enid part 4

  1. My father was a serving Officer with the RAF, and was posted to Zambia in the 1960s. It was formerly known as Northern Rhodesia, and as such had long been a British colony. The country to the south of it was sometimes known as Southern Rhodesia, but more usually simply as Rhodesia. Both countries had been founded by Cecil Rhodes in the 19th Century (with some reorganisation in 1911). The settlement called Ndola referred to in Jill’s letter was always in Zambia, but in 1953 Zambia was still known as Northern Rhodesia.

    From the interesting collection of letters you’ve published recently, including Jill’s, it appears that only girls were reading the magazine. Hence only letters from girls were being received by the Editor. It does seem to be the sort of magazine that would not be of obvious interest to boys, who were more likely in 1953 to be reading about spaceman Dan Dare in ‘Eagle’ comic.

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