Like some of you, I spent most of my childhood reading. I rarely went anywhere without a book. I was particularly drawn to older books and found a wonderful supply in our elementary school library and at my grandmother's house. But I really didn't care what I was reading: picture books, books written for boys, whatever I could get my hands on, I read. As an adult, I collected vintage/antique children's picture books and illustrated ephemera long before I collected quilts.
In part, I was always in search of my favorite childhood picture book, My Dolly and Me, written by Patricia Scarry and illustrated by Eloise Wilkin. My mother had discarded it because as she explained, "you wore that book out!" As a chld, the book was my Velveteen Rabbit; as an adult it became my Holy Grail.
4. Brigg's iron-on embroidery transfer from the later part of the 19th century. Various sources indicate that spiders and spiderwebs were symbolic of (depending on the source) hardwork, creativity, wisdom or good luck.
5. Illustration by Emma Clark from the Metropolitan Mother Goose, No copyright. This was a booklet published by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in the first half of the 20th century and distributed to clients (or potential clients) with children.