Sunday, 11 January 2009

The Original Prices of Ladybird Books

As with tally numbers you can also date your book to an approx year by looking at the original price on the book.

In 1965 when matt editions first appeared the original price on the books was 2'6 Net - this price continued for the next 6 years when in February 1971 prices changed due to decimalisation. some books from
February 1971 until May 1971 can therefore be found to have two prices, 2'6 and 121/2 pence.

The table below shows the prices for each year

Price Date
2,6 Net 1965 - February 1971
2/6 Net 121/2p February 1971 - May 1971
15p 1 June 1971 - 30 April
18p 1 May 1974 - 15 June 1975
24p 16 June 1975 - 10 January 1978
30p 11 January 1978 - 24 June 1979
40p 25 June 1979 - 31 December 1980
50p 1 January 1981 - 30 June 1982
60p 1 July 1982 - 31 December 1983
70p 1 January 1984 - 31 December 1985
75p 1 January 1985 - 31 December 1986
85p 1 January 1987 - 31 December 1987
90p 1 January 1988 - 31 December 1988
99p From January 1 1989

3 comments:

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Sylvia said...

Dear Rabybird
I am looking for the story of Smoke and Fluff - two wartime kittens. We adopted a stray cat called Smokey who had quite a distinguished career and I would like to write about this. I see you have SMOKE AND FLUFF listed on your blog - does anyone have a copy they would be able to sell me? Can I post my email address here?

Best wishes to all Ladybird kids.
Sylvia

Rabybird said...

Did you ever find a copy of Smoke and Fluff? I may have one. Rabskers