British Girl’s Annual

Here is a checklist for The British Girl’s Annual, which was published from 1910 to 1933. From 1910 to 1926, it was published by Cassell, and from 1927 it was published by Amalgamated Press. If you look at second-hand book sites like Abebooks or eBay, you’ll find a great deal of confusing descriptions of these books, with many of them appearing undated and simply described as “the first story is …” or “the cover shows …”. This is mainly because the annuals were only explicitly dated on the dust jacket, spine or title page between 1910 and 1920. Annuals issued between 1920 and 1926 have a printer’s code at the bottom of the final page.

Although the annuals were published every year between 1910 and 1933, there is a gap in the “title date,” the year that the book was claimed to be for. The “British Girl’s Annual for 1910” was published in 1910, and so on up to and including 1914. However, that made each book seem out of date only a week after the child had unwrapped it on Christmas Day, so the annual published in 1915 was the “British Girl’s Annual for 1916.”

There is a corresponding “British Boy’s Annual” but I have not started investigating them.

Notes on the table below:

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Published Year Jacket Cover Title Year d/j Spine Title Printer’s code FMI First story / Long story Editor
1910 1910 N Y Y “The Strategy of Maud” by Ralph Simmonds / “My Twins and How I Found Them” by Lilian F. Wevill Editor of “Girl’s Realm”
1911 1911 N Y (none) Y “The Courage of Ross” by Ralph Simmonds / “Miss, from Boarding School” by Dorothea Moore Editor of “Girl’s Realm”
1912 1912 N Y (none) Pend “A Cheerful Companion” by Dorothy à Beckett Terrell / “The Migration of Kitty” by Doris A. Pocock Editor of “Girl’s Realm”
1913 1913 (none) Y “A Schoolgirl Friendship” by Dorothea Moore / (unknown)
1914 1914 N Y (none) Y “Hilda, Heroics and Hockey” by Doris A. Pocock / “The Mysterious Schoolgirl” by Dorothea Moore Editor of “Little Folks”
1915 1916 N Y (none) Pend “Vic and the Refugee” by Agnes Adams / “Philippa of England” by Dorothea Moore Editor of “Little Folks”
1916 1917 Y Y Y “A War Pixie” by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey / “The Little Countess of the Revolution” by Violet M. Methley
1917 1918 Y Y (none) Y “St Hilda’s Hostel” by Angela Brazil / “The Girl who was Different” by Ethel Talbot Editor of “Little Folks”
1918
 
1919 Y “The Third Form Strike” by Angela Brazil / (unknown)
1919 1920 Y Y (none) Pend “The Choice” / “King Monmouth” by Violet M. Methley Editor of “Little Folks”
1920 1921 Y Y Y 180.520 N “The Gold Medal Girl” by Constance Haywood / ditto Eric Wood
1921 (none) N N 190.621 Y “For the Red Rose” by Estrith Mansfield / “Tickles and the Talking Cave” by Elsie Jeanette Oxenham Eric Wood
1922 (none) N (unknown) / “Fortunes in the Fire” by Doris A. Pocock
1923 (none) N N F.215.523 Y “A Knight Errant” by W. H. Morris / “The Adventures of Avice” by May Wynne Eric Wood
1924 (none) N N 225.524 N “Mistress Cinderella” by Dorothea Moore / “The Mystery of the Diamond Serpent” by Ethel Talbot (none)
1925 (none) N N N 300.425 N “Diana of the Snows” by Elizabeth Marc / “The Girl from Nowhere” by Nancy M. Hayes (none)
1926 (none) N N 270.326 N “Patients–Good and Otherwise” by Helen M. Sidebotham / “The Riddle of the Crimson Fez” by Ethel Talbot (none)
1927 (none) N N (none) N “In the Land of the Sheikhs” by Harold J. Shepstone / “Darry the Dauntless” by Dorothea Moore (none)
1928 (none) N N (none) Pend “The Lady of Strathcrossie” by Marjorie Bowen / “Skipper and Co.” by Ethel Talbot Herbert D. Williams
1929 (none) N N N N “Friday Night’s Dream” by Christine Chaundler / “Stella Morgan’s Double” by Eveline M. Williams H. Darkin Williams
1930 (none) N N (none) Pend “Elizabeth” by John Mowbray (subtitle: “A Tale of the Ice”) / “Four A and the Christmas Play” by Christine Chaundler H. Darkin Williams
1931 (none) (none) Pend “Adam and the Bear Cub” by H. Mortimer Batten / “The Purple Parrot” by Dorothea Moore H. Darkin Williams
1932 (none) N N (none) Pend “An Apple-pie Bed for the Head” by Christine Chaundler / “The Secret of the Fens” by Frances Cowan H. Darkin Williams
1933 (none) N N (none) Pend “The Amateur Sleuths” by Christine Chaundler / “The Priceless Pet” by Bessie Marchant H. Darkin Williams