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Joan Gale Thomas was born in 1910 in Gerrard's Cross, Buckinghamshire, England. She studied art at the Chelsea Illustrators Studio. After illustrating books for other authors, she wrote and illustrated her first book A Stands for Angel in 1939. In 1941, she married Richard Robinson, also an author and illustrator and began writing series books under the name of Joan Gale Robinson. However, she continued to write secular picture books using the name Thomas. Two of her most famous series were about a teddy bear named Teddy Robinson and a small girl named Mary-Mary. Both series were part of the Reading with Mother series published by Harrap in London. Ms. Robinson died in 1988.
Scope and Content
The collection contains illustrations, dummies, and galleys for twelve titles. The materials are arranged alphabetically by title. Within each title the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created. The collection can be separated into two categories - secular stories and series books.
Her first book, A Stands for Angel (1939) is an alphabet book that was later published in the United States under the name A Is for Angel (1953). Seven Days gives a prayer for each of the week. There are dummies for these titles as well as for Where is God? (1957) and God of All Things (1948). Our Father (1940) is an illustrated version of the Lord's Prayer. There are pen and ink illustrations for this title. All of these titles were issued with the last name Thomas and were published in London by Mowbray.
Four of the titles in the collection are part of the Reading with Mother series, published by Harrap. Three of the stories are about a teddy bear named Teddy Robinson who belongs to a little girl named Deborah. In Teddy Robinson Himself (1974), Teddy and Deborah take dance lessons together. There are galleys for this title, Teddy Robinson's Book (1955) and Dear Teddy Robinson (1956). The other book in this series More Mary-Mary is about a girl named Mary, who tries hard to be noticed, even though she is the smallest person in her large family. There is a galley for this title as well.
Series and Subseries
Box/Folder A. Books A Stands for Angel written and illustrated by Joan Gale Thomas (London: Mowbray, 1939). 1/1-1/3 Dummy, separated with pasted text and illustrations, 1/1 17 pp. 1/2 13 pp. 1/3 16 pp. Charley by Joan Gale Robinson, illustrated by Prudence Seward (London: Collins, 1969). 1/4 Galley, minor corrections, 44 pp. Dear Teddy Robinson written and illustrated by Joan Gale Robinson (London: Harrap, 1956). 1/5 Galley, minor corrections, pp. 1-66. God of All Things written and illustrated by Joan Gale Thomas (London: Mowbray, 1948). 1/6 Dummy with pasted text and illustrations, 14 pp. The Happy Year written and illustrated by Joan Gale Thomas (London: Mowbray, 1953). 1/7-1/9 Color separations with watercolor overlays, 1/7 17 items. 1/8 18 items. 1/9 16 items. More Mary-Mary written and illustrated by Joan Gale Robinson (London: Harrap, 1958). 1/10 Galley, 14 pp. Our Father written and illustrated by Joan Gale Thomas (London: Mowbray, 1940). 1/11 Illustrations, partial set, pen and ink, 9 items. Seven Days written and illustrated by Joan Gale Thomas (London: Mowbray, 1964). 1/12 Dummy with watercolor text and illustrations, 18 pp. Teddy Robinson Himself written and illustrated by Joan Gale Robinson (London: Harrap, 1974). 2/1 Galley, 12 pp. Teddy Robinson's Book written and illustrated by Joan Gale Robinson (London: Harrap, 1955). 2/2 Galley, 12 May 1955, pp. 1-64. Ten Little Angels written and illustrated by Joan Gale Thomas (London: Mowbray, 1951). 2/3-2/6 Illustrations, some with pasted text, 2/3 6 items. 2/4 6 items. 2/5 5 items. 2/6 4 items. Where Is God? written and illustrated by Joan Gale Thomas (London: Mowbray, 1957). 2/7 Dummy with pasted text and illustrations, 21 pp.
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