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Harriet and the Matches
4 x 4 inches
$20.00

Harriet would not take advice;/She lit a match, it was so nice!/It crackled so, it burned so clear-/Exactly like this picture here.

From the 1845 edition, poor Harriet (named Pauline in the original German) doesn't follow her mother's instructions, and plays with the wonderful matches-with predictable results. Her little cats (Minz und Maunz, die Katzen) are very sad. While teaching children the hazards of fire is important today, imagine how much more important it was in the 1800s, when matches were made of sputtering phosphorus, and young ladies wore voluminous (and flammable) skirts.

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