The Website of William St John Glenn (1904 - 1974)
TEDDY TAIL ANNUALS from 1956-1960 and the later Teddy Tail Fun Book.
It seemed sensible to try and establish the order of publication of the post war Teddy Tail Annuals which weren't dated. To do so they were studied for clues, and Donnatilla who contributed illustrations and others were asked.
Clues that were used:
a) Changes to the number of pages;
b) Style of script for “ Daily Mail”;
c) Changes in price of book and verification of price from another source, where price given;
d) Other artists involved- or lack of them;
e) Glenn's family history (cars in the family that appear in the annuals-Madeleine the vintage Morris, 2 London taxis, the Daimler borrowed then bought from the cartoonist Illingworth in 1958- the family's cottage in Gloucestershire that became Mrs Whisker's home...)
Unfortunately although we have W.St J Glenn's
diaries for 1954 and 1955 there is a gap until 1962, although there are some
Another tool is to look at the black and white pictures in the newspaper and see the dates these were published to get some idea of sequence, as some stories appeared also in the annuals in colour.
This seems to be the right order.
holding a balloon with Piggy and Tottie Bear at a party. The background is
orange. There are 97 pages. “Daily Mail” is written in Gothic Script” as on
newspaper. There is no price of book seen.
The front cover has a little girl bear wearing a pretty dress that is mentioned in Glenn's diary of 1955. This same character appears on the inside end covers. She is a new character. In June 1961, in a letter to Associated Newspapers Ltd, Glenn lists the secondary characters he had created for Teddy Tail. They included the Bear Family (Mr Bear, a grocer (page 8);Mrs Bear; Bobby Bear and Mini little Bear, a toddler.)
This annual also features the Whiskertown Flier/Flyer-a veteran railway loco. created by Glenn for Whiskertown (page 84...) and Dr Beetle's vintage car on page 8 and Daniel the Spaniel(page 29).
(There is no sign of the Gloucestershire countryside as background.)
Binkie illustrated page 36 “Teddy Tail's Silhouettes.”
Donnatilla's illustrations are found on these pages:
P 34: And what do YOU think ?
P67: When I'm doing Homework.
P73: Birthdays for all my Friends.
P81: Easter Eggs.
P82: When I go to School.
|Teddy Tail Annual 1956|
|Teddy Tail Annual 1958|