Letters to Enid part 5


Previous letters pages can be found here.


Letters page from Volume 1, issue 14. September 16th-29th 1953

OUR

LETTER PAGE

 1. A letter from Jean McGregor, aged 9, 6 Grenville Road, Padstow, Cornwall
Dear Enid Blyton,
My friend and I thought we should like to earn some money for the Blind Children, and for the Busy Bees, so we worked hard and made peg-bags, embroidery bags and lots of other things. Our mothers made us cakes and biscuits. Then we had a sale of all this to our neighbours. When it was over we counted the money and we had  one pound, four shillings, which was twelve shillings each. I wish to give my half for the Sunshine Homes, and Patricia wants to give hers to the Busy Bees. I shall be very pleased to be a Sunbeam when the Society begins.
Yours sincerely,
Jean McGregor.

2. A letter from Tyrone Peter Moody, 7 Pound Lane, Swindon, Wilts.
Dear Enid Blyton,
I have made a Secret Seven Club. We all live in Pound Lane. I must tell you something interesting. A boy who is a cousin of one of our members left in bike in the street and someone took it. We asked who had seen it. I then took the description of it. We found it in the end. That was our first mystery.
Yours sincerely,
T.P. Moody.

3. A letter from Diana MacVine, Selwyn, Packhorse Road, Gerrards Cross, Bucks.
Dear Enid Blyton,
Yesterday a man came to build a sand-pit for us. The next day I wondered what to build. At last I made up my mind and I built the Island of Adventure, the Castle of Adventure and the Mountain of Adventure. I liked these books very much.
With very much love from
Diana MacVine.

 


This is only the third letter from a boy so far. The first letters page had two boys’ letters, then there have been none until now.

It’s strange seeing children’s full names and addresses being published like this. Nowadays (apart from submissions being by email or social media) it would be first name and town or region only.

In the newsletter at the back of the magazine Enid says: Look on page 40 for some of the best letters out of my post-bag. The top one gets the prize. Don’t send in special letters for this, please, I prefer to choose out of the ordinary ones I get. I’ve seen similar messages in other volumes of the magazine – I assume some children wrote special letters in the hope of getting them published.

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1 Response to Letters to Enid part 5

  1. The names and addresses of these letter writers seem to suit the whole Enid Blyton realm. They sound like characters and place names to my ear so to speak.
    I have one or two of these magazines in a box somewhere…..must look for it.

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