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Re: 1956 Enid Blyton Famous Five

Postby Eddie Muir » 08 Sep 2017, 21:13

Here's some information from Wikipedia, Courtenay:

Grazina Frame, born Lydia Anne Grazina Obrycha of Polish parents on 6th November 1941 in Fylde, Lancashire, is an English singer and actress. She recorded a series of singles as Grazina for HMV 1962-1964, and sang with Cliff Richard on several 1960s songs, as a result of having over-dubbed both Carole Gray in film The Young Ones and Lauri Peters in film Summer Holiday. Her film appearances included The Painted Smile (1962), What a Crazy World (1963), Every Day's a Holiday (1965) and The Alphabet Murders (1965).
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Re: 1956 Enid Blyton Famous Five

Postby Courtenay » 08 Sep 2017, 21:20

Hmmm, perhaps it was indeed originally spelled Grazina? A bit of a mystery...
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Re: 1956 Enid Blyton Famous Five

Postby Eddie Muir » 08 Sep 2017, 21:26

Of course, Wikipedia could be wrong. Who knows :?:
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Re: 1956 Enid Blyton Famous Five

Postby IceMaiden » 09 Sep 2017, 14:39

Julie2owlsdene wrote:They all look quite old for 4 children. :lol:


Glad I'm not the only one to have thought that! They are definitely not how I picture the FF to look at all :shock:
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Re: 1956 Enid Blyton Famous Five

Postby Rob Houghton » 09 Sep 2017, 18:47

Maybe slightly - but its interesting how we seem to picture the Five differently when it comes to age. I tend to think of the later Soper illustrations, as in Go Down To the Sea and Mystery Moor, where the 'children' could quite easily pass for teenagers. :-D That's how I picture the Five.

The discussion of Famous Five illustrators has been moved to 'The Famous Five Illustrators Compared'.
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Re: 1956 Enid Blyton Famous Five

Postby Moonraker » 09 Sep 2017, 18:55

Julie2owlsdene wrote:They all look quite old for 4 children. :lol:


4??? I imagine you meant to write "four". :roll:
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Re: 1956 Enid Blyton Famous Five

Postby Julie2owlsdene » 09 Sep 2017, 19:00

What wrong with 4? :?

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Re: 1956 Enid Blyton Famous Five

Postby Moonraker » 11 Sep 2017, 13:27

Sorry, old thing. I read your post as "they look quite old 4 four children"...... :roll:

Incidentally, I am intrigued that you end every post with a 'cool' smiley. Do you physically add it to every post you make, or have you somehow made it an automatic signature type smilie?
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Re: 1956 Enid Blyton Famous Five

Postby IceMaiden » 18 Sep 2017, 22:49

Rob Houghton wrote:Maybe slightly - but its interesting how we seem to picture the Five differently when it comes to age. I tend to think of the later Soper illustrations, as in Go Down To the Sea and Mystery Moor, where the 'children' could quite easily pass for teenagers. :-D That's how I picture the Five.

The discussion of Famous Five illustrators has been moved to 'The Famous Five Illustrators Compared'.


One thing that has always struck me is that children in EB books, even ones who would be well into their teens like Julian, Barney, Phillip and Larry, still look like children and act like them (Phillip & co and the FO have a playroom and play various noisy child type games). They must do, as the villains always know they're 'only children' the second they see them. I don't know if this is because children generally did look younger for longer back when the books were set or what, but I have a hard time picturing today's 13/14/15 year olds being instantly recognisable as children the age of Enid's characters, in both looks and actions and similarly I can't picture the characters looking or acting like teens.
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Re: 1956 Enid Blyton Famous Five

Postby Daisy » 18 Sep 2017, 23:12

Boys wore short trousers until their early teens in the 40s and early 50s ... and both boys and girls certainly dressed like children for longer than these days. They didn't develop so early either. Of course as the series got longer it became imperative that the children remained roughly the same age from book to book.
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Re: 1956 Enid Blyton Famous Five

Postby Rob Houghton » 18 Sep 2017, 23:17

Yes, I agree. Items of clothing, like shorts, children's sandals, hair in ribbons or bands, etc, would have kept the children looking like children for much longer than today. There were always exceptions, of course - my own mom, born in 1936, started puberty at the age of 13, which was very young back in the 1940's/1950's - but even when I was a teenager in the 1980's, I think we remained children much longer than children do today - maybe about 14 or 15 for some, while these days it seems children are dressing like adults when they are about 11 or 12! We dont tend to have 'children's clothes' quite so much these days either - just smaller versions of adult clothes.
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Re: 1956 Enid Blyton Famous Five

Postby Julie2owlsdene » 19 Sep 2017, 08:33

Moonraker wrote:
Incidentally, I am intrigued that you end every post with a 'cool' smiley. Do you physically add it to every post you make, or have you somehow made it an automatic signature type smilie?


I've made it my signature, that's all, Nigel. :)

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Re: 1956 Enid Blyton Famous Five

Postby Rob Houghton » 19 Sep 2017, 10:36

Have you only just noticed this, Nigel?!! ;-)
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