A delightful Kate Greenaway card published by Gallery Five, printed front and back but left blank inside, complete with original envelope of 1970's vintage. The quality of the paper and printing is exceptionally fine, in very good unused condition, the envelope 10.5cm - 2¼" x 9cm 3½" approx.
This illustration is from Kate Greenaway's "Mother Goose" first published in 1881... A diller, a dollar, A ten o'clock scholar; What makes you come so soon? You used to come at ten o'clock, But now you come at noon.
Explanation... "The word ‘diller’ is a Yorkshire term for a boy who is dim-witted and stupid so this rhyme seems to be a moral lesson warning the importance of punctuality. The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes by Iona and Peter Opie (Oxford, OUP, 1951) suggests that ‘a diller, a dollar’ are taken from the words dilatory and dullard or that maybe ‘a diller, a dollar’ is related to dilly-dally. As English schools traditionally started at nine o’clock or earlier, anyone who arrived even at ten o’clock would certainly be very late."
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