Remember the good old days…see more at the museum
The Dick and Jane series were known for their simple narrative text and watercolor illustrations. Despite the criticisms of the stereotypical content that depicted white, middle-class Americans, the characters of “Dick”, “Jane”, and their younger sister, “Sally”, became household words. The Dick and Jane primers have also become icons of mid-century American culture and are collectors’ items.
The Dick and Jane books first appeared in classrooms in 1930 and continued until the final version in 1965. These readers were used in schools in the United States, Canada and other English-speaking countries for nearly four decades, reaching the height of their popularity in the 1950s, when 80 percent of first-grade students used them.