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Old Lob (originally posted in 2010)


Has anyone out there ever heard of “Old Lob”?


Old Lob was considered old fashioned when I was learning to read in the 50s, but we thought they were a lot less naff than Janet and John
# posted by Blogger Limblog : 1 January 2012 at 22:32

Remember the goat who used to say "Go away" to everyone? What was his name? There was Percy the chick, Dobbin, and I think, the horse...
# posted by Blogger Limblog : 1 January 2012 at 22:33

Just posted the full-size scans from Old Lob — so all is revealed, as far as the names are concerned. I don't think I'd ever heard of Janet and John till I met my wife-to-be Janet, then everyone exclaimed, "Oh, Janet and John!"
# posted by Blogger John Edward Cooper : 1 January 2012 at 23:03

I certainly do remember Old Lob, John.
I've just posted a poem about it on my poetry blog:
My name's Gill Lazarus and I learned to read with Old Lob.
My email isn't as shown below, but
# posted by Blogger Gillian Lazarus : 17 September 2014 at 18:40

Yes, an early influence was Percy - or 'Percy the bad chick' as our teacher referred to him! It was only recently that I came across this old book and realised that it was 'teacher bias' that christened him thus! The guy is an unsung hero! Original, unique, independently minded, out to test life for himself! (Lucky Mother Hen pre-dated DNA testing).
# posted by Blogger richard : 31 May 2015 at 19:16

Hi, I have been looking for ever for Old Lob and the characters. I learned from using these books at Hillington Primary School in Glasgow. My memory gets hazy but it leads me to believe that this was created by Mr. Gunn who was headmaster at Hillington and received and Honour from the Queen for this method. My primary school teacher was Miss Morton. I hope this message reaches you. If so my e-mail is

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