100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

Children’s Book Patented

Peter Sheaf Hersey Newell was born in Rice Corners, Illinois in 1862. He moved to New York City and attended the Art Students League. By 1883 he was a working illustrator published in newspapers and magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar. In 1893 Newell started doing children’s books. The Slant Book and Topsys and Turvys became very popular.

The Slant Book


…and Turvys!


In 1905 he started doing comic strips including “The Naps of Polly Sleepyhead” about a young girl and her fantastic naps.


The Naps Of Polly Sleepyhead


On June 4, 1912, Newell patented THE ROCKET BOOK, the story of a naughty boy who set of a rocket he found in the basement of his apartment building and how it affected each floor it went through.

THE ROCKET BOOK – patented June 4, 1912

THE ROCKET BOOK in its entirety thanks to Bullfinch’s Mythology – The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Rocket Book, by Peter Newell Produced by Jason Isbell, David Garcia and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net/


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