The Greyfriars Holiday Annual
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Originally titled THE HOLIDAY ANNUAL when first published in 1919, this became possibly the best-loved of all of the dozens of Amalgamated Press annuals published during the two decades leading up to WW2. It included stories on all three Hamilton schools, namely Greyfriars, St Jim's and Rookwood.

The annuals can be split up into 5 groups.
1. 1920 - The Holiday Annual, printed on good quality paper
2. 1921 to 1928 - Became The Greyfriars Holiday Annual, as above.
3. 1929 to 1933 - As above but printed on good quality card stock
4. 1934 to 1939 - As above but printed on coarse, thicker card stock.
5. 1940 and 1941 - As above except 'and Girls' was dropped from the extended title 'for Boys and Girls'.

1920 1921 1922 1923
1924 1925 1926 1927
1928 1929 1930 1931
1932 1933 1934 1935
1936 1937 1938 1939
1940 1941    
To the left is the wrapper on the 1935 volume above.

Below is a blowup of the print on the lower front.


Notes of interest.
* Facsimiles+ of 1920, 1921++, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1935, 1940 and 1941 were published by Howard Baker. +The latter three were printed on regular slick paper so don't match the thickness of the originals. All facsimiles came in jackets whereas the originals had illustrated board covers. ++ Not listed in Beal's guide to the HB facsimiles.
* Rarest originals are 1920, 1939 to 1941.
* Commonest in Australia at least seem to be those from 1927 to 1931.
* Although no originals were supplied with 'normal type' jackets, the 1935 and 1936 volumes came with thin, waxed wraps (see above). This may have been the case with other years as well.
* All cover scans are of first editions, not the HB repros.

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