'Dame Curtsey's' Book of Games for Children edited by Ellye Howell Glover

'Dame Curtsey's' Book of Games for Children edited by Ellye Howell Glover

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Dame Curtsey’s Book of Games for Children is a “how-to” collection of indoor and outdoor games for children aged 3 – 15. It was designed as a guide for teachers and parents for use in a variety of occasions, from classroom to birthday parties.
Ellye Howell Glover (1868-1933) was an editor of children’s books designed for upper middle class families in the early 20th Century. These guides were meant to impart proper etiquette, entertaining, and cookery skills to the “aspiring classes”. Titles in the series include "Dame Curtsey's" Book of Games for Children and "Dame Curtsey's" Book of Etiquette.
A.C. McClurg & Co. was one of oldest and largest book stores/publishing houses in the United States. It traces its origins to Chicago’s oldest book and stationery store which was founded in 1844. Alexander Caldwell McClurg (1834-1901) went to work for the company, then known as S. C. Griggs, in 1859. McClurg resumed working for Griggs after returning from the Civil War with the rank of General. When the store was completely destroyed in the great Chicago Fire of 1871, Griggs decided to sell his share of the company to E. L. Jansen, A. C. McClurg and F. B. Smith.
Jansen, McClurg & Co. was established in 1872. By 1880, McClurg’s ranked as one of the country’s largest book distributors and publishers. In 1886, the company changed its name to A.C. McClurg & Co. When the firm’s premises were destroyed by fire in 1899, General McClurg decided to reorganize as a corporation with shares sold to employees. In 1914, the firm began publishing the Tarzan of the Apes series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. In 1923, A. C. McClurg chose to focus its entire efforts on its wholesale business and sold its bookstore to Brentano’s. The remainder of the company was liquidated in 1962.
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instructional materials
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United States: Illinois, Chicago
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paper (overall material)
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overall: 6 3/4 in x 4 3/4 in x 3/4 in; 17.145 cm x 12.065 cm x 1.905 cm
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Gift of Dr. Richard Lodish American School Collection
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