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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




Book 66: Ben Logan: The Land Remembers

8 Oct

Today, I searched for one-room schoolhouses. I previously found (next to the well known movies and series like LHOTP) pics and books (even describing the smell of new overalls). By coincidence, I stumbled upon this 1975 autobiography by Wisconsin born Ben Logan who died in 2014.

On the snippet view on Google Books is a nice discription of the sound of the stiff pant legs, when a boy walked to the blackboard in new bibs. 3 boys (brothers) depictured in bibs on the cover (of some editions).

Although there’s obviously only this one direct mentioning, I ordered this book. (Will take some time to arrive and to read).

I have just finished a Western book featuring a blonde boy, but no bibs mentionings. Currently, I’m re-reading the Sheriff Ben “Danny” books.

Books 65: Several, Susan K. Marlow

22 Aug

I found some new books, but as usual probably pics on the cover only (except for the Susan K. Marlow books below)

-Dagmar Scherf: Die Wölfe – Den Lederjacken auf der Spur  (kid ~12, probably a girl, also on audio CD)

-Brigitte Blobel: Zweistein & Co (older girl)

-Alice Gray: Pflaster fürs Herz – Storys für Teens (original: Stories for a Teen’s Heart) German edition, older teen boy

Susan K. Marlow:

I mentioned some of her book series some time ago, and now have checked some of them.

Most of the adventure books are about the girl Andi (Andrea) at different age in the 1870s and 80s. First, as 6 yo in the series Circle C Beginnings (illustrations), 9 yo in Stepping Stones (cover photo), 12 yo in the Circle C Adventures, and as older teen in the Milestones series. She often or always wore overalls and pigtails. Many mentionings on the Amazon inside search and often described as dirty and filthy.

Interesting in “Andrea Carter’s Tale from the Circle C Ranch”, where the little girl pleaded for wearing overalls for riding. Tomboy.

Also at least 2 boys (including cover photos) in bibs. 12 yo nephew Levy and teen boy Ryan (both at least in the Circle C Adventure series), Levy in “Family Secret” (one mentioning), Ryan in “Trouble with Treasure” (probably no mentionings).

The only book series aimed at boys is the Western series “Goldtown Adventures” with 12 yo Jem (one mentioning in “Tunnel Boy”, probably no pics).

Very interesting books, but mainly about girls. I still consider buying one.

For more infos and photos read my older post, linked above.


Books 64: Will Fellows: Farm Boys + Wilder: Farm Boy

28 Jul

I’m currently re-reading some of my older books. I recently found some children’s book, but probably bibs shown on the cover only (coming soon).

First “Farm Boys – Lives of Gay Men from the Rural Midwest” by Will Fellows. 322 pages.

A very interesting book telling the coming-of-age stories of some gay farm boys from the 1910s up to the mid 80s but mainly the 1960s. It includes original, small b&w photos, some few (4) showing boys in bibs and shortalls but these are not very good.

Some descriptions of wearing bibs, probably all or most wore bibs but not mentioned it. I’m currently on page 192.

Page 36: An 8 yo boy in the late 1910s was a water boy wearing bibs and a bandanna.

Page 180: A short story of a teen boy in the 1960s who was spanked and thrown bibs to him, the only thing he should wear. Also mentioning blood on his bibs.

And many other interesting plots involving brothers, neighbors and animals.

Before that, I continued reading “Farm Boy” by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie, rating 6). I think no bibs scenes in there but nice desciptions and drawings including the one-room schoolhouse of Almanzo, her later husband. In the 1870s and 80s, they mainly wore pants with suspenders (see the Western entries and blog).


Book 63: Author Louise Dickinson Rich

31 Oct

This author is mainly famous for her 1942 autobiography “We Took to the Woods” (living in a cabin with the family in the 1930s) but there are also other books of interest.

Unfortunately neither this first book, nor other books have a preview, but in “She Took the Woods” it says that she ordered overalls by mail order, but her husband and their friend wore denim pants with belts. And one day, their son Rufus didn’t want to wear overalls anymore. (Not sure at what age exactly, I think at about 8 or 10 yo).

In “Star Island Boy” (1968) aka Star Island , the 11 yo foster boy is depicted in yellow fishing bibs on the cover. Maybe also described in the book, but I’m not sure about that.

Her last book “Summer at High Kingdom” (1975) seems more of interest. I mentioned it before and now have ordered it. A teen boy is depicted in blue bibs on the cover. It’s about a hippie commune and a neighboring farm boy. Probably set in the 1970s but I can’t say much more, yet of this quite rare OOP book. More later.

There are other books from her, mainly set in Maine. But only four more non-fiction novels, the rest mainly about girls (probably not in bibs). Other non-fiction books are about nature and history, partly picture books.

I also found another interesting author about boys and girls in bibs including illustrations (coming soon).

Update: “Summer at High Kingdom” completetly read. Unfortunately 2 brief mentionings only. The 21 yo farm brother in “dungarees” helped milking  (page 28) and another scene on page 62 of boys and girls picking beans in the holidays in blue, red and green dungarees. Time setting not stated. As some are hippies, so around late 60s or 70s.

Book 62: Oliver Hassencamp: Dicke Luft auf Schreckenstein

22 Sep

Because of the upcoming movie next month (Burg Schreckenstein, 2016) I have also checked the book series. Probably no bibs scenes in the movies (at least girls in blue aprons) and I only found one blonde older boy in bibs on this book cover (2nd edition, illustrations by Nikolaus Moras, end of the 1970s).

I even own some fews of the books but not this one. I don’t remember any description of bibs scenes nor illustrations. But I only have checked them briefly and don’t have the time to read them. One of the most famous German book series for boys in the 80s about a castle boarding school (boys and girls in separate locations). For girls there was Hanni & Nanni.

The kids appear much older on these illustrations and much younger in the movie. It was time for a movie but I don’t like what I’ve seen so far, like school uniforms. They better should have made a TV series, but probably they want to make more money. So just another mainstream movie. I will wait for a TV broadcasting.


Book 61: Keith Robertson: Three Stuffed Owls

1 Sep

I’m currently very busy and also in the evening I don’t have much time for reading. I’m still reading this book (German paperback, 186 pages, currently page 140) between 2 Enid Blyton books.

First published in 1954 and the time setting is I think in the presence, so 1950s. Typical detective gang kids story. No illustrations in my edition but I’ve seen some on the web (older kids, no bibs).

Only 2 brief bibs scenes yet, but better than none.

In the middle of the book some gang members describing a pile of “working pants” in a farm shop. Obviously overalls. Reminds me of Ike Godsey’s store.

On page 140 after cycling in the rain and taking shelter at an unknown farmer, one gang member called Neil wore an oversized, faded pair of overalls (probably shirtless) while their own clothes are about to dry. The other boy wore a bathrobe.

Books 60: Hannah Loviisa: The All For Jesus Gang

1 Aug

By coincidence I found this one. Title: The Summer of Our Lives. There are photos showing  a boy and girl in bibs on her website living in rural part of California. Characters should be teens aged between 12 and 15 but kids on the photos looking younger. Maybe similar like the Sugar Creek Gang. Not published yet.

She published other farm and Christian book like “Growing Up Wilder” and also reviewed the Sugar Creek Gang book series.

Books 59: several

30 Jun

I found some more vintage books showing kids in bibs (at least on the cover on some editions)

-Harry Baerg: Prairie Boy (1 boy) illustrated by the author

-Jim McGugan: Josepha: A Prairie Boy’s Story (1 boy 1900) illustrated by Murray Kimber (32 pages, picture book ?)

-Tim Wynne-Jones: Some of the Kinder Planets (1 girl)

-Ursula Bruns: Dick und Dalli und die Ponies (2 girls) horses

-Eleanor Estes: Ein Hund namens Pumpel Pye (1 girl) 1960 edition illustrated by Helma Baison

-Anton Schulte: Heinz und Elke Gutermut (1 boy) Christian themed, Publisher TELOS

Book 58: Oswald J. Smith: The Adventures of Andy McGinnis

26 May

I recently bought this 1945 Christian children’s book in German translation. One other German cover showing a boy in bibs riding a bull (similar to the US cover). My 70s paperback edition have several b&w illustrations by Walter Rieck showing a boy with dark curls in bibs. Unfortunately no mentionings of bibs. 94 pages. Already completely read but I forgot almost everything.

The setting is in Smith’s childhood, so around 1900 and is about a tall farm boy from Ontario who went to school barefooted with a crow (I have seen pics with that on other book covers). He’s 10 yo at the beginning, 15 in the middle and 16 at the end and has a brother two years younger. One of his older sisters died when he was 15.

I think a typical adventure book for it’s time with robbers, some drama and religious contents. Not bad but I hoped for more.

At least there’s a list of other Christian books in it from this German publisher. Maybe more luck there.