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Book 76: Dime novels #3

7 Jul


I found some dime novels, this time with boys in bibs. I don’t own any of those. Previously, I searched for dime novels mainly with alpine or doctors plot (often has boys in Lederhosen). These are about moms.

Often, the cover pics varies (replaced on later editions, especially for audiobooks) and there’s often no mentioning in the text.

Most kids are very young and not the main characters in these romances.

There are many dime novels. And older issues are often hard to find and if so then not separately but bundled in 5 or 10s.

Bibs (and boy) in pic 2 are quite interesting. Sitting on a beach? Overlapping straps.



Books 75: Sugar Creek Gang – Chinese with board game 糖溪帮探险记

13 Jun


There are at least 3 different book sets of 6 books each. And all of them contain a different colored dice board game (same route as pictured, 104 locations) and some other extras. I don’t know Chinese nor the game rules.

There are rectangled character pieces of the 6 characters with headshots (different illustrator than in other countries). The character cards are yellow in set 1, light blue in set 2 and light green in set 3).

Book 1 and character card (Swamp Robber) showing redhaired Bill (比尔) in a green shirt (and blue shorts not shown here). The base of the board piece is dark blue. Book 9 he has a red hat, board piece light blue. Book 15 without hat. Same board piece color.

Book 2 showing blackhaired Little Jim (小吉) in a pink shirt, a blue hat with the right hand on (and blue shortalls). Board piece is dark green. Book 11 he has a yellow shirt and a green basecap worn backwards. Board piece light green. Book 14 brown curly hair, yellow shirt, light blue overalls and straw hat around his neck.

Book 3 showing (boy) Circus (杂耍) in spiked brown hair, horizontally white/blue striped shirt, blue longer shorts. Board piece light blue. Book 10 he has a brown jacket, brown basquet with both hands on and blue gloves. Board piece purple. Book 17 yellow striped shirt and a long stick on his shoulders (fishing pole ?).

Book 4 showing chubby Poetry (诗集) in a white shirt, short green shorts with suspenders and a green bow tie. Board piece pink. Book 12 in a brown jacket, green basecap holding a lantern. Board piece turqouise. Book 18 green vest, straw hat and fishing pole.

Book 5 showing greyhaired Big Jim (大吉) in a white shirt with 2 red stripes, red shorts and Baseball bat and glove. Board piece light green. Book 7 brown basecap backwards, yellow jacket, blue pullover. Board piece blue.

Book 6 showing Dragonfly (蜻蜓) with big blue eyes, brown hair, tongue sticks a bit out, yellow shirt, khaki shorts (knee length) and hands in pockets. Board piece medium blue. Book 8 beige hood and blue coat. Board piece turqouise. Book 16 white shirt, long, blue overalls and basque cap and binoculars. Large illustrations of the characters are on a blog.

All sets have a hand drawn b&w region map of the Sugar Creek locations. Set 1 has a brown postcard in a white sleeve depicting a treasure map on front. Group order on set 1 from left: Little Jim, Bill, Circus, Big Jim, Dragonfly, Poetry. Set 2: Bill, Big Jim, Dragonfly, Circus, Little Jim, Poetry. Set 3: Little Jim, Circus, Bill, Poetry, Big Jim, Dragonfly.

Unlike the recent English editions, this Chinese edition probably has b&w illustrations inside, like some of the other language editions including some of the German’s.

Interesting, there’s also a Serbian DVD of Swamp Robber from Acrobat film. (English audio, Serbian subtitles) RC2 and 4:3 full screen. The original is widescreen.


Book 74: Dime novels #2

16 Apr

I found another girl pictured in blue bibs on the German or Austrian dime novels series “Toni der Hüttenwirt”. This time a younger girl, around 6 yo sitting on the grass. But probably no mentionings of bibs in the novel.

Number 118 titled “Neue Perspektiven”. I don’t want to use more copyrighted pics of that.

I couldn’t found the cover of the other one, I own anymore (number 52 “Papa will wieder heiraten”). The digital edition now has a different cover image with 2 younger kids (none in bibs).

I haven’t found any boys in bibs. 2 younger boys in Lederhosen (one headshot, another one from a distance), but both are very young. Also some men in Lederhosen.

Main entry with a pic of an older girl (and handsome boy, but boy not in bibs)


Update: Book 66: Ben Logan: The Land Remembers

22 Feb

I have finally finished this book.

Quite disappointing, as there’s no other notable description of bibs next to the one-room schoolhouse scene (noise of walking in stiff overalls). Some few other mentionings of the smell in a shop and others. I never searched for the term “bibbed overalls”. Probably all kids and men wore bibs most or all of the time, but it’s rarely talked about it.

Half of the book, or in fact almost the complete book is a description of general farm work, divided up into seasons, like in many other books. Rather few stories about the brothers.

Still one of the best stories about a one-room schoolhouse (one chapter). I wonder, why this scene hasn’t been made into other books or even movies.

I currently don’t have a new book involving bibs and now reading a ranch book and after that re-reading older books.


Books 72: Several

4 Jan


Some books I found which at least people in bibs on the cover. Most German books from the 60s

Käthe Theuermeister: Uli ist pfiffig (boy)

Irene Makin: Ricki sucht das wilde Pony (girl)

Elisabeth Stinnert: Wo steckt Eulalia? (boy)

Wolf-Dieter v. Tippelskirch: Meine lieben Teddykinder (girl)

Volkmar Röhrig: Sieg für Tommy (girl sitting)

Cover+2 text descriptions:

Gertrude C. Warner: The Mystery Horse (The Boxcar Children Mysteries) boy+girl

Pic from the 1927 Sears Roebuck Catalogue found on

Update: Wind at My Back – Season 2, books

28 Nov


I’m still watching season 3. In the meantime, I searched for novels, and there are 4 books of 4 episodes, I think season 1 only, including the field toilet scene of ep 6. Obviously few bibs descriptions (snippet view on Google books). Also available as ebooks.

Then I checked some more episodes of season 2+4 as I only own s1+3 and there are only short previews on YouTube. I previously had no pics of Hub in s2. I found dubbed streams but in bad quality.

The younger boy “Fat” (pics 1+3) is cuter in s1+2 but I don’t like most of his bibs scenes there (faded, bag-like). S3 has some nice scenes like cycling and raw denim, but the baggy bibs in s4+5 seem more interesting. But I think there are rather few scenes of him (and Hub is too old). I will check more episodes and will make more updates, later.

The DVD sets on Amazon (Germany) are currently extremely high (70-90 EUR for one season). Btw the cover pic of s3 is mirrored.

Pic 1 from s2e7 nice but brief walking scene, pic 2 from s2e13 nice rear view of Hub, pic 3 from s2e10. Main entry f/m, rating 8




Wish You Well : purchased. Book ?

25 Nov


I have briefly checked the complete movie and as there are several scenes of interest (f/m) including very good school, raw denim and rear views, and next to the girl and the 2 boys also some other boys in bibs, I have ordered the German BD which was quite cheap. I haven’t bought movies for a long time. The online clip was in very bad image quality.

Very good scenes at school and outside with other boys starting at 11 minutes, climbing a ladder to a tree house and sitting (39 min), walking and good rear views 40 minutes, sitting girl at 56 min. But more infos and pics later. Set in 1940s Virginia like The Waltons.

The novel by David Baldacci seems also of interest and I consider buying it, but first I want to watch again the movie more carefully. 18x overalls in the novel. Best previews on Google Books. Most (at school) including girl wore overalls. And barefooted.

Main entry, currently rating 6 at


Book 69: Borden Deal: The Other Room

13 Nov

Yesterday, I thought about this author and checked some more of his books. “Robbers, Rooftops and Witches” starring 14 yo Stephen Mailer, based on the story “Antaeus”, which is one of my favourite movies (rating 10, TOP #3).

Very good seems “The Other Room” which is about a 15 yo boy set during the Great Depression and even compared to The Waltons and includes a female teacher. Unfortunately it’s very rare and expensive, so I currently won’t buy it.

I only found a snippet view on Google Books online and a brief review.

The boy and his bibs are wet and his mom said that he has to undress.

It later says that it’s like putting the new bibs into a tub with hot water to shrink. Sounds interesting.

There are some more books (partly autobiographic), also a girl in bibs (available on

I’m still reading my recent purachase. A bit disappointing, but I still have hope.


Books 68: several – Story 143: Walking in stiff new overalls

19 Oct


Because of my recent book purchase and previously finds, mainly about one-room schoolhouses (tagged book), I searched for more books and movies. So here my book results. Unfortunately, some of them are available only as snippet-view on Google.

I don’t remember any movie or series which is about the smell of new denim overalls, bullying or even the noise while walking. Most movies, set in the Great Depression show faded bibs. Even lengthy series like LHOTP and The Waltons have very few raw denim overalls. The pic is from a Mennonite documentary.  I also found some few more movies.


-Aronson: Mud and Dust (careful at school, 2 weeks before washing, removing rich style)

-Davis: Follow the Leader (strong odor, also girl)

-Nelson: Cassidy (not school but in empty store, smell, putting on, walking)

-Millard: Where Did All the Cowboys Go? (not school but at home, also girl)

-De Caux: Labor Radical (scraping tender skin)

-Chappel: Brighten the Corner Where You Are (stiff bibs cut into crotch)

Another one, I can’t find right now was about a boy who like the smell or stench of the bag where the new overalls of his granddad were.

Would also be a great plot for an audio book including noises of scrapping pant legs (and describing)



Book 67: John Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath

19 Oct


I don’t own this book (yet) but there are many (19) mentionings of overalls (+ additional mentionings of pants). At least men, boys and young boys (barefooted, probably shirtless and dusty with grey hair) but I think mainly men. Also other scenes like washing overalls and on a clothes line.

The pics are from the movie showing a young boy and an older girl in bibs.

The movie is quite interesting (although the boy is very young), but I think, I won’t buy the novel for now.

Movie entry, rating 6 at