“She was my first love. I felt that if I could have married Little Red Riding-Hood, I should have known perfect bliss.” Charles Dickens, A Christmas Tree.

These ‘scrap’ or ‘die-cut’ sheets both date from the late 50s/early 60s – one was produced in what was then the GDR, the other in ‘West Germany’. I know which one I prefer.

From Austria there’s this wonderful set of handkerchiefs – I am not sure when they were made. The embroidery is beautiful. I am not surprised they were never used – they are there to be looked at.

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“Tobacco is the plant that converts thoughts into dreams” is attributed to Victor Hugo.  A Dutch company -J Baars & Son (1867 – 1935) – named its cigars after him. This set of ‘bands’ is probably from the 1920’s.

I admire the work that went into making these 16 little scenes – not only are there drawings but each scene is described at the back.

cigar bands - back - explanation of scene

the wolf walks along with Little Red Riding Hood

Obviously, I am not discovering anything new – Little Red Riding Hood has a universal appeal, it is still being re-told, used in advertising  (if you search for ‘red riding hood advertising’ on YouTube you’ll find at least 8 different ones. This chocolate advert:


is one of the latest).

Germany’s ‘No. 1’ Camembert carries the name since 1885!

Red Riding Hood Camembert

I think you have guessed from the items that I am collecting  that I prefer to read the tale as ‘light’ rather than ‘dark’, though you, and many eminent scholars, for example Jack Zipes , might beg to differ. Regardless of your views,  I hope you enjoy this week’s examples!

Postcard - GDR TV-series 'Little Sandman'

Postcard – GDR TV-series ‘Little Sandman’ – no need to be afraid of this cute wolf!