Letters to Enid 8: From volume 1 issue 17

Previous letters pages can be found here.

Letters page from Volume 1, issue 17. October 28th – November 10th, 1953




 1. A letter from Gillian Broadhurst, 270 Kings Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham, 22c
Dear Enid Blyton,
I am sending you some pictures from your magazine. I drew them – well, I did in a way. I will tell you how to do them. Get a candle and rub it over a piece of paper. Then put the paper, waxed-wide downwards, on to the picture which you want to take the drawing from. Get a pencil or a spoon and rub over the paper. Take the paper off and you will see you have a nice picture on the waxed side.
Love from,
Gillian Broadhurst.

(What a good idea, Gillian! We’ll try it!)

2. A letter from Jean Whitter, 30, Snape Street, Radcliffe, Lancs.
Dear Enid Blyton,
I have been getting your magazine ever since it came out, and I enjoy every single page of it. I have got nearly all the Five Books. I want to tell you that lat Christmas my uncle gave me a Bible made of olive wood from the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, and I wonder if any of your readers have a Bible like mine?
Yours sincerely,
Jean Whitter.

(If any reader has an unusual Bible perhaps he or she would like to write to Jean.)

3. A letter from Christine Harrington, Mole Hill Green, Felstead, Essex.
Dear Enid Blyton,
My sister and I read your magazine. I am nearly six. When I went to Clacton-on-Sea, I went in the life-boat house and saw the life boat. It is very large. The blackberries on the hedges near our house are ripe. I go to school and Sunday-school.
With love from
Christine Harrington

(I do think this is a very good letter from someone who was not six when it was written. The writing is just as good as the letter! Well done, Christine!)


Another warning from Enid Blyton!

I forgot to include this last time, but this message was in the newsletter at the back of issue 16.

Don’t forget that I never choose a letter sent specially in for this – I only choose from the ordinary letters you send me, because that is the fairest way. If you try to write a letter for the letter-page your letter is often no longer natural. Nobody ever knows when he or she will find their letter, or part of it, on that page, and if they do see it, they can be quite proud! To be able to write a good, natural letter, as most of you do, is an admirable thing.

It makes me wonder what children were writing. Dear Enid Blyton, please choose my letter for your letter page, I do love your books… 

Is it just me or do the ‘instructional’ letters come across a little bit rude? I thought that about the letter from Jilly Peters about the match stick puzzle too. It’s probably just a mix of formal writing style and childish exuberance!

It’s funny how children exclaim over long-term loyalty that is actually not very long at all. I have been getting your magazine ever since it came out, that’s seventeen issues over 7 months. Then again, if Jean is only 7 or 8 that’s at least a tenth of her life so far. Everything seems to take longer to children, I think. Nearly all the Five Books made me smile as well. There were only 12 at the time.

It’s nice that Enid featured Christine’s letter, as although very good for a five year old, is not as good as many of the other letters she must have recieved.

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