Once there was a book…

Daddy Do’s…and Dont’s

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Cover

From The Confessions of a Daddy by Ellis Parker Butler. 1907, Century Co.: New York.


It’s always interesting to me that not all “children’s” books are really meant for children. One such example is The Confessions of Daddy. It follows a brand-spanking new dad through the crazy adventures of early fatherhood, with chapter titles such as ‘Our Neighbor’s Babies,’ ‘When She Came,’  and ‘The Day of the Spank.’

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Dedication

The book is dedicated to the author’s daughter, which lends a slight autobiographical nature to the book and its wacky episodes of child-rearing. It’s quite endearing and certainly adds that personal personal connection between the author and the reader–even if it isn’t really a child.

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Inscription on inside cover.

But the most fascinating thing about this book is the humorous inscription found on the inside. Given the context, it’s possible that the book was a gift to either an expecting father or as a gift to an adolescent with a bit a of cheek. Many of the inscriptions we find in the books of the Baldwin are specific to birthdays and holidays (especially Christmas) and only include the date and a to/from line. So it’s always a pleasant surprise when we find more personal notes that give a us a better picture of the relationship between the giver and receiver and the context of the gift.

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