Little Golden Books were of their time — but their time refuses to come to an end. They were invented in 1942 to fill and fit the press owned by Western Printing in Racine, WI, and sold for 25¢ at a time when children’s books often retailed for about $2. Wikipedia tells us that the books originally had 42 pages, 28 printed 2-color and 14 four-color. To help save cost, Western and Simon & Schuster, the original distributor, dispensed with the nicety of turning the preprinted case cover over at the edges, and just trimmed the whole thing to allow the cardboard of the case to show at the edges. The binding was side wire, with a decorative strip wrapping down the outside of the spine to cover the staples. First printings were 50,000, and by 2001 when Random House acquired the line, one of the original titles, The Poky Little Puppy, had sold almost 15 million copies world-wide. (That price of 25¢ has gone up to $4.99, though the books are now four-color throughout, but only 24 pages long.)

They celebrated their 75th anniversary in 2017 with several events including a presentation at one of the Book Industry Guild of New York’s monthly meetings at which I received my copy of Puppy Princess.