As well as Little Golden Book images, there are pics from Ladybird: Learn to Read Books, and great retro photos from a 70's Boys Own Annual.
The buyer asked me why I din't just photocopy the image and sell hundreds of 'neck-ed' men. I had to explain about a little thing called copyright and also the preciousness of the actual vintage object, knowing it came out of a book that was handled by children learning to read....about memories and the different papers and inks (made of heavy metals) used.
It was no use. If the image had been photocopied onto card at Officeworks, I think the buyer would have bought it for a higher price.
Which has got me thinking. If I want to build an Empire, I might have to compromise...but hopefully not too much.
I will leave you with one last card, from "The Miner"...which is quite amusing given my latest 'activating' interest. For those who can't see it on the screen, it is a picture of coal seams beneath the surface.