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Old Lob

Does anyone else out there remember Old Lob?

I remember the books from Primary School in the early '50's and the incredibly vivid illustrations live with me still. Apparently, for some strange reason, the books are as rare as hen's teeth now, although they must have been published by the thousand! (Perhaps mention of Percy the Bad Chick might jog the odd memory!)

I have vivd memories of learning to read with the Old Lob books when at my infant school in the late 50s. I also loved the pictures and the little captions with all the animals names, I particularly liked the dog and Mrs Cuddy the cow! I can remember a story about old Lob moving house and Miss Tibbs the cat running away to her old home it used to worry me until she got found on her old door step ! I also recall Mr Grumps the goat and Percy the bad chick, but can't remember what the dog was called. The covers were green/cream with squares and little pictures in each square.


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Do You Remember Old Lob?

Do You Remember Old Lob?

  • Anonymous user
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    PS to my earlier note. My mother was told by the headmaster that I would not be able to start school until I could read Old Lob as there were restrictions due to shortage of schools, teachers etc. I also had to write a letter myself to the headmaster to prove I could read and write. I was just 5.
  • Anonymous user
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    I certainly do. I still have the book which I used at school on Swindon in 1946
  • Anonymous user
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    I can never ever forget my life with Old Lob and his family of animals. I was in Primary One in 1957 and my love for books began then. I remember all the animals and my favpourite were the adventurous Percy and Master Willy and how Old Lob loved them. I have been trying to get my hands on them but Can't. Can anyone help me please?
  • Anonymous user
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    Yes,l do! I am just starting to write my family history,beginning with my primary school. I was racking my brain for the title of the scheme. Old Lob and Dobbin, memories,eh? I have to admit, l could read before l went to school,and so found the books a bit boring, but l enjoyed the pictures. Great to have more info to put in my notes.
  • Anonymous user
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    Yes I remember the reading scheme well. I especially enjoyed drawing round the wooden stencils and naming the characters in my reception class of 54 in Crewe. Thank goodness that when I became a primary school teacher in 1966 I had a class in Erdington, Birmingham of 35!
  • Anonymous user
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    I remember reading this book Old Lob and his Family way back in 1958. I was English illiterate in 1958 having migrated from India to Singapore. I remember reading the book word by word with the help of my standard 1 teacher. Today at 67, with post Graduate degree in Economics, I am a Financial Services Consultant with a global American insurance Company. When I turn back to Old Lob and his Family, it is a sweet memory today. To this day I remember the names of some of the characters like Mr Dan, the dog, Mrs Cuddy, the cow, Mr Grumps, the goat etc. to this day.
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    The first sentence I learned to read was 'I am Old Lob'. I liked those books. They were entertaining, engaging as well as educational.
  • Anonymous user
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    I remember reading Old Lob in a Birmingham primary school in 1942. The story I remember was of him on a refuse collection barge, or was it a canal narrow boat.
  • Anonymous user
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    Thanks, Jeanine. I was beginning to think I was all alone in the world. Even my elder brother, who was an antiquarian bookmonger, didn't remember them (he went to a different primary school).
  • Anonymous user
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    Yes I have vivid memories of reading these books at my infant school in the late 50s, I also loved the illustrations in gentle colours and all the animals with the little captions showing their names. I liked Mrs Cuddy the cow and Miss Tibbs the cat. I remember a story where Old Lob moves house and Miss Tibbs gets lost on the way, I was quite upset until she was found again on her old door step! Also recall Mr Grumps a bad tempered goat and Percy the bad chick. School then was not all good but some things like this bring back nicer memories!