McLoughlin Brothers

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A typical McLoughlin Brothers publication

McLoughlin Bros., Inc. was a New York publishing firm active between 1858[1] and 1920. The company was a pioneer in color printing technologies in children's books.[2] The company specialized in retellings or bowdlerizations of classic stories for children. The artistic and commercial roots of the McLoughlin firm were first developed by John McLoughlin, Jr. (1827–1905) who made his younger brother Edmund McLoughlin (1833 or 4-1889) a partner in 1855. By 1886, the firm published a wide range of items, including cheap chapbooks, large folio picture books, linen books, puzzles, games, paper soldiers and paper dolls. Many of the earliest and most valuable board games in America were produced by McLoughlin Brothers of New York. In 1920 the corporation was sold to Milton Bradley & Company. McLoughlin ceased game production at this time, but continued publishing their picture books.

Works published


  1. ^ Frontispiece, such as it is, of The Easy To Read Story Book
  2. ^ Wasowicz, Laura."Brief History of the McLoughlin Brothers". American Antiquarian Society, 2003.

External links

Wikisource has original works published by or about:
McLoughlin Brothers
  • "McLoughlin Brothers Typewriter - 1884, The Martin Howard Collection". 
  • Mother Goose in an Air-Ship: McLoughlin Bros. 19th Century Children’s Books from the Liman Collection (exhibition), Brooklyn Historical Society, September 2007 to February 2009
  • The McLoughlin Bros. of New York, The Gottesman Libraries, Columbia University
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Toy and Picture Books at the University of South Florida
  • McLoughlin Brothers Archival Drawings and Prints at the American Antiquarian Society
  • McLoughlin Brothers Catalogs, Price Lists, and Order Forms 1860-1949 at the American Antiquarian Society
  • Works by or about McLoughlin Brothers at Internet Archive
  • Works by McLoughlin Brothers at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)
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