Happy Birthday Rupert

brue replied on 08/11/2020 10:09

Posted on 08/11/2020 10:09

I did love the books but unfortunately I have a horrible association with them...being allowed to read them in the dentist's chair (if you remember what dentists used to be like!?) wink

Cornersteady replied on 08/11/2020 10:31

Posted on 08/11/2020 10:31

I only know as my wife is a follower of Rupert and she collects the annuals and has originals going all the way back to 1952, they used to be quite cheap in second hand book shops but now are getting expensive the further back you go. She has the 'infamous' 1960 one where our dashing bear goes to a certain island whose name would certainty not be allowed to be published today! 

Yes Brue, know exactly what you mean, I had to use the free local authority one and can still remember the waiting room with the old metal frame and simple fabric chairs and the dentist chair itself, all black leather and metal arms. Still sends shivers down my spine just thinking about it!

WayTwoGo replied on 08/11/2020 11:27

Posted on 08/11/2020 10:31 by Cornersteady

I only know as my wife is a follower of Rupert and she collects the annuals and has originals going all the way back to 1952, they used to be quite cheap in second hand book shops but now are getting expensive the further back you go. She has the 'infamous' 1960 one where our dashing bear goes to a certain island whose name would certainty not be allowed to be published today! 

Yes Brue, know exactly what you mean, I had to use the free local authority one and can still remember the waiting room with the old metal frame and simple fabric chairs and the dentist chair itself, all black leather and metal arms. Still sends shivers down my spine just thinking about it!

Posted on 08/11/2020 11:27

More than just the 1960 one. There are about 9 others. There are facsimile annuals which were published year on year for a while but stopped at the 1970 one, published in 2011, and the "offending" annuals were never reprinted as facsimiles. My collection stretches back to the 1940s. Pretty sure I will not be able to justify to myself buying the early ones in their original form, although I sometimes get lucky at auctions and antique fairs.

Alfred Bestall's cottage in Beddgelert is available for hire through a holiday cottage agency. 

Takethedogalong replied on 08/11/2020 12:29

Posted on 08/11/2020 12:29

We got Rupert annuals as children as well, probably stillhave some up at Mum’s.

I love newspaper cartoons. Didn’t collect Rupert, but I do have lots of Giles Annuals. Great to leaf through as they are funny history. And he had an Airedale!👍

WayTwoGo replied on 08/11/2020 18:23

Posted on 08/11/2020 18:23

The really rare Rupert Annual is the one from 1973 with Rupert with a brown face on the cover. Usually, he is brown on the the cover, but that year - the last Bestall cover - his face is white, except for the picture on about 10 annuals. The last two known ones sold in excess of £20,000 each. Check the ones in your Mother's home TTDA!

Wherenext replied on 08/11/2020 18:54

Posted on 08/11/2020 18:54

Alfred Bestall took over the illustrations of Rupert after the original illustrator, the wife of one of the newspapers sub-editors, had eyesight problems some 15 years or so after they first came out in 1920. 

Most of the background illustrations of the geography are based on Alfred's local area in Bedgellert so Snowdonia mountains featured quite a bit. This titbit gleaned from my walking magazine which only recently had an article in it about Rupert and Alfred.

Not a big fan myself but my sister was so day trips anywhere would see her seeking out memorabilia. Wish I'd nicked some of it in view of what WTG has just said.smile

WayTwoGo replied on 08/11/2020 19:03

Posted on 08/11/2020 18:54 by Wherenext

Alfred Bestall took over the illustrations of Rupert after the original illustrator, the wife of one of the newspapers sub-editors, had eyesight problems some 15 years or so after they first came out in 1920. 

Most of the background illustrations of the geography are based on Alfred's local area in Bedgellert so Snowdonia mountains featured quite a bit. This titbit gleaned from my walking magazine which only recently had an article in it about Rupert and Alfred.

Not a big fan myself but my sister was so day trips anywhere would see her seeking out memorabilia. Wish I'd nicked some of it in view of what WTG has just said.smile

Posted on 08/11/2020 19:03

Yes, Mary Tourtel. I have some of her early books.

There is a lovely Bestall print of Rupert and his chums siting on a fence looking at a landscape which is unmistakably Snowdonia. I love it and it hangs on the wall by the cabinets with my "Rupert Collection".