Catharine Susan’s Little Holiday.
Unchecked imaginations at the Fancy Goods Carnival
Unrecorded. If John Held, Hunter S. Thompson, and Dare Wright collaborated to produce a children’s book, this might have been the result.
Catharine Susan is a jointed doll in a disjointed narrative. A school teacher, Susan decides she needs a vacation. After a dream of a pillow-fight with other doll girls, she finds herself shipwrecked with a young soldier boy doll.
As the two dolls picnic, a completely-benign green frog startles Susan causing her to swoon from the sheer amphibious horror. Catching her limp form, and breaking her fall, her gallant boy toy simultaneously (and gallantly) takes his rapier and stabs the defenseless frog through its heart. (Listen to “It’s not Easy Being Green (Kermit’s Song)” to better understand this frog’s point-of-view.)
This violent act bizarrely segues into Susan getting ready for a baseball game and of then encountering an “ugly farmer” who grows kind. Susan then goes home and writes about her holiday journey.
Watt & Shand of Lancaster and Columbia, Pennsylvania published this oddity. They wanted the local children to visit their Fancy Goods Carnival and to buy their wood and iron toys and their books: “Our Book Counters will be one of the busy corners of the store. Picture books, Story Books ... [etc.]” They also advertised their Doll Family. From plain to elegant, from 25 cents to $5.00 each.
Description: Catharine Susan’s Little Holiday.
[Likely Lancaster, Pennsylvania. ca. 1910s].  leaves. Self-titled wraps. Moderate soil and small flaws to covers; overall, very good.