First Published circa 1953 by Collins

The Collins Children's Annual containing 'Such a Pony Was Gipsy
Collins Children's Annual
containing 'Such a Pony was Gipsy
cover by Frank Varty
Illustrated by Maurice Tulloch

A short story.

Charlie Cooper's mother keeps a shop. Charlie likes horses and day-dreams of using a pony and trap to deliver goods around the area. The nearest he gets to them is when the coal is delivered by horse-drawn wagon.

Mr Huggins has a local greengrocery shop, where Charlie works on Saturday mornings, and this is where the story begins...

A charming story, unsentimental and full of the details of life we expect from this author.

First edition:

in the Collins Children's Annual (illustrated above). This is an undated annual, but an inscribed copy dated 1953 is known.
The story runs from page 47 to 59 with a title illustration of the horse and nine line drawings. The annual also has a colour frontispiece entitled Gipsy was his favourite unfortunately missing from my battered copy.


'The Splendid Story Book for Children' containing the short story 'Such a Pony was Gipsy'
The Children's Press 'Splendid Story Book'
containing 'Such a Pony was Gipsy'
The Children's Press:
in The Splendid Story Book for Children
Reprinted with all the original Maurice Tulloch illustrations, although the artist is not credited.

Collins: c1955
in Our Favourite Story Book
An undated collection; annual format.
The front cover has a colour beach scene, girl on donkey with boy running alongside with dog.
Other contributors include: Enid Blyton, Hilda Boswell, Edward Boyd and Ivy Wallace.
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Collins annual (undated)
cover by 'Varty'

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Last updated February 2008