1 Volumes: 1
Beige cloth. Book specific line drawn multicolored illustration within
a rectangle at the top of the cover with the title and a book
appropriate symbol (flag, liberty bell, etc. at the bottom of the
cover. Dust jacket matches the underlying cover. 8.75 x 6.5 (See below
for sub formats 1a,1b, and 1c.)
2 Volumes: 1
Beige or green cloth except with a picture that is multicolored
pictorial. It is similar to the earlier format pictures but slightly
different. (See below for sub formats 1c and 1d.) Dust jacket is the
same as the underlying cover with the exception of Book #3 which has
text at the bottom of the jacket. 8.75 x 6.5.
1. There is a chronology for these books. Although the books may appear
exactly the same, they can be distinguished as being earlier or later.
From earliest to latest:
a. Photograph as frontispiece with no ads in the front. (First editions)
b. Colorized frontispiece picture with ads listing books of this series
priced at 50 cents.
c. Colorized frontispiece picture with ads listing books of this series
at 75 cents.
d. Colorized frontispiece picture with ads listing books of this series
2. The Format 1 books are found in a, b and c styles. Format 2 books
are found in c and d styles.
3. The Story of the American Flag has a different cover in format 1a as
compared to 1b-1c/2c-2d. The flag pictured at the bottom of the cover
has its stars in rows rather than in a circle as is seen in the later
4. In addition to the above chronology the individual books had revised
texts throughout the years such that the total number of pages changed
as the years went on.
2c-2d- 162 pages
1a- 130 pages, 134 pages
1b- 134 pages
1c- 140 pages
2c-2d- 161 pages
1a- 124 pages
1b- 123 pages and later 124 pages (different from the above 124 pages
1c- 124 pages
5. The dust jackets also went through a chronology of changes. The
earliest had the Mother Stories Series on the back. Next the Patriotic
Books were listed at 75 cents and later at $1.00.