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Famous English Cricketers - Boys Own Paper - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W


Famous English Cricketers - Boys Own Paper - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W

NB, The original was first published in 1880

The Boy's Own Paper was a British story paper aimed at young and teenage boys, published from 1879 to 1967.

The idea was originally by the Religious Tract Society as a means to encourage younger children to read and also instil Christian morals during their formative years.

The paper was published weekly following the school year until November 1913, when it became a monthly. From 1879 each year's issues were bound together and sold as the Boy's Own Annual.

Often published were adventure stories; notes on how to practise nature study, sports and games; puzzles; and essay competitions.  The firts volume, Captain Matthew Webb contributed an account of how he swam the English Channel.

In the first decade the paper unselfconsciously promoted the British Empire as the highest achievement of civilization.

Many prominent authors contributed to the paper. W.G. Grace wrote for several issues, along with Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne, R.M. Ballantyne and Robert Baden-Powell. In the 1960s other contributors included Isaac Asimov and Patrick Moore.

In British popular culture, improbable or daring endeavours are often described as "real Boy's Own stuff", in reference to the heroic content of the magazine's stories. Many associate the magazine with well-intentioned heroes who do not have inhibitions about trying to right wrongs.


Interesting Quote from Boys Own:

"Most boys like to think they have a girl friend, especially the 13 to 14 year olds. I would like to see an article on how to get a girl, and when you've got her, how to keep and please her. I would also like to see more articles on music in B.O.P. as I am a trombonist in the Tiffin School Band".

Editor's Reply: We will bear the suggestion for an article on how to keep a girl friend in mind! In the meantime there is an article on keeping Golden Hamsters on pages 34 and 35 of this issue

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