Previous letters pages can be found here. I wonder what today’s children would write if the magazine was still going? Or what 1954’s children would have written if they were in our situation.
Letters page from Volume 2, issue 10. May 12th – 25th 1954
1. A letter from Trevor Harper, Hulls Lane, Sandon, Essex.
Dear Enid Blyton,
I must thank you for my lovely Sunbeam badge. I have shown it to my school teachers and they think it is a very nice one. I have been saving my bus money and have been walking to school, so I am able to send you 6s. for the little blind children. We have a blind man who comes to our school to tune the piano.
Lots of love from,
(You have kind legs as well as a kind heart, Trevor. Well done!)
2. A letter from Pauling Roberts, 15 Tonbridge Road, Redditch, Stockport.
My dear Enid Blyton,
I am writing to tell you that I went to the Mayor’s Children’s Ball in Stockport Town Hall. It was a fancy-dress party, and I went as “Enid Blyton’s Magazine”. My Mummy dressed me up. I won First Prize, and I was thrilled, and i thought how nice it would be to tell you.
Lots of love from
(What a good idea, Pauline! I do wish I’d seen you walking into the hall dressed up as our magazine!)
3. A letter from Jane Bate, 305 Daventry Road, Cheylsmore, Coventry.
Dear Enid Blyton,
I have a very bad memory, and when any of my friends ask me what my F.F. Club number is, I can’t remember it. The other day I had an idea. I wrote my number on a very tiny piece of paper and stuck it on the back of my badge. Now when anyone asks me what my number is, all I have to do is look on the back of my badge.
With lots of love from
(I’ll pass on your good idea to our readers, Jane. Thank you!)
Another rare letter from a boy. I am entirely too cynical but it seems like the winning letter is always one which includes a donation to one of Blyton’s charities. Almost as if they’re buying their place as the weekly winner… (I’m sure they’re doing nothing of the sort, really, that’s just the random sort of thoughts I have sometimes.)
I really love the Enid Blyton’s Magazine costume idea. The first time I read that letter I only skimmed it and entirely missed the costume and wondered why she was writing to say she went to a party and won a prize… I wish I’d seen it too. I’m trying to imagine how it was constructed. Card, painted orange and then written on? Perhaps her face as the picture?
I’m a little baffled by Jane’s letter, though. How often did her F.F. club number come up in conversation? Did children really constantly ask each other what their number was?