Once upon a time, in a land close to home, a puzzle creator went back into history. Well not really, but David Kalvitis loves dot-to-dots so much that he had started a collection of vintage and newer connect-the-dot books. David has spent over 10 years searching for these classic books with over 50 in his collection so far.
Piffle’s Mother Goose Dot Drawing Book, 1939, softcover from Platt & Munk. The original (by Henry Altemus Company) was hardcover and printed in 1920. We are currently verifying the illustrator. His/Her initials are on the covers and a lot of the individual puzzle images. I believe it is J.L Gallagher as stated in a Google Book search (Catalog of Copyright Entries). Other puzzle books in our collection with the same initials are Piffle’s Pastime Dot Drawing Book, Billy Spots Puzzle Dots and Willie Wuzzle’s Picture Puzzles.
Piffle’s Mother Goose has an interesting instruction back cover. This version says “The DOT Drawing Books.” However, the original says “The Altemus Drawing Books.” The puzzle book seems to focus on teaching “young artists” at kindergarten aged.
Check back again to see more of David’s vintage dot-to-dot collection.