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HARRY WHITTIER FREES (1879-1953)

Harry Frees was the author of numerous books throughout his career. He wrote the stories and illustrated them with his photographs. Following are his books in my collection:

 

The Little Folks of Animal Land, 1915, Published by Lothrop, Lee, Shepard Co. of Boston ~~~ In his Introductory Note, Mr. Frees says, "I sincerely hope that others will derive as much pleasure from the antics of the Little Folks of Animal Land as I experienced in picturing and telling about them." The cover of the book has a photo glued to it.
The Sandman: His Kittycat Stories, 1917, Published by The Page Co, Boston
The Animal Mother Goose with Characters Photographed from Life, 1921, Published by Lothrop, Lee, & Shepard Co., Boston. From the Preface: "The text has been selcted at great pains from the vast accumulate mass of verse known under the name of Mother Goose. Both Mr. Frees and the publishers have exercised the greatest possible care that only the brightest, cleanest, and best-loved Mother Goose jingles shall appear in this collection..."
Animal Land on the Air, 1929, Published by Lothrop, Lee, Shepard Co. of Boston ~~~ The author apparently received criticism earlier in his career about his photos. In this volume he reports, "It is happily no longer necessary to take time to refute earlier charges that such pictures are made by using stuffed animals, or by stupefaction, or even... by hypnotism. Their expression is the best answer to all such surmises. But there may still be lovers of animals who are disturbed by the thought that unnatural means, savoring of cruelty, may be employed. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Animals may be ruled by fear... but never can this result in a pleasing picture.... It is impossible to mistreat an animal in any way and secure such pictures as you will see in this book..."
Four Little Kittens, 1934, Published by Rand McNally & Co., Chicago. There are reproductions of this book being sold. One was published by Merrimack in the 1980s and another by Shackman in the 1990s.
Four Little Bunnies, 1935, Published by Rand McNally & Co., Chicago. There are reproductions of this book being sold. One was published by Merrimack in the 1980s and another by Shackman in the 1990s.
Four Little Puppies, 1936, Published by Rand McNally & Co., Chicago. There are reproductions of this book being sold. One was published by Merrimack in the 1980s and another by Shackman in the 1990s.
More about the Four Little Kittens, 1938, Published by Rand McNally & Co., Chicago.
Four Little Kittens' Christmas, 1939, Published by Rand McNally & Co., Chicago.
Toodles and Her Friends, 1936, Published by Rand McNally & Co., Chicago
Whiskers, 1937, Published by Rand McNally & Co., Chicago
The Story of Bill Bunny, 1937, Rand McNally & Co., Chicago. Softcover, 9 1/2 by 12 inches. This is the sweet story of a lonely bunny who finds new meaning in life through an orphaned baby bunny.
In the late 1950s, Rand McNally began using Harry W. Frees' photos in books published in their Elf Book series. Here are some from my collection...
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