Billy In Bunbury

By Alison February 23, 2016 5 Comments 1 Min Read

Billy In Bunbury is one of those charming little vintage oddities, it is always such a delight to happen upon. Originally issued in 1926 as an advertising booklet for  Dr. Prices Baking Powder, the reason why I am sharing it with you today is that the images (by Gertrude Alice Kay) are a scrumptiously joyful ode to pattern and my heart is yearning for that oh so pretty dinner service…
Bill In Bunbury
Found on Project Gutenberg, Billy In Bunbury tells the tale of a skinny boy who has lost his zest for life, and needs, on orders of the King of Bunbury (a darling little town with walls made of marble cake) , fattening up post-haste on cakes and buns, flapjacks and biscuits because his silly Mummy has failed rather miserably, to understand what it is little boys like to eat…
Billy In Bunbury
And so  ensures a story told entirely in rhyme, complete with recipes for such delights as Jelly Meringue, Biscuit Tarts, Peanut Cookies and this one for a Birthday Cake…
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Do enjoy fattening your family up the Bunbury way now won’t you?

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  1. jeanette says:

    I love these vintage pictures you always find! What a colorful pick me up on this rainy day! I have to admit, I laughed when I read what the advertisement was really for. Fattening up on baked goods! Timed have sure changed. Hmm, should we blame child obesity on Bunbury? Nah , pictures are too cute! 😉

  2. dawn gilmore says:

    Those illustrations are so darling!

  3. Suzanne says:

    Adorable! What a happy little story and post!

  4. Nicola says:

    So cute – I love your Gutenberg recommendations ?

    1. Alison May says:

      And I love your little hearts! So cute, Thanks Nicola.x

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