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Secret and Mysterious Freckled Goldfish Club
writing Poppy Ott and the Freckled Goldfish 1928, Leo Edwards launched a fan club based on incidents in the book. It was
called The Secret and Mysterious Order of the Freckled Goldfish. The reader response was overwhelming and by 1937, there were over 30,000 members. Club member received a membership card, pin
and a manual of lodge rituals suggested by the author. To disseminate club news,
Edwards presided over "Our Chatter-Box," a column which
appeared in subsequent editions of the Jerry Todd and Poppy Ott books.
Whether members or not, all readers were encouraged to submit letters
and poems for publication in this periodic feature, which was quite
unique for series books.
motto of a Freckled Goldfish was:
Freckled Goldfish is full of fun: So grin!
A Freckled Goldfish is healthy: So grow!
A Freckled Goldfish is clean: So wash your ears!
A Freckled Goldfish is honorable: So behave yourself!
a member, you received a membership card, a button, and a handbook
describing the club. Following is an excerpt from the handbook:
too, can be a
living near my home in Wisconsin, who read the manuscript
of the book Poppy Ott and the Freckled Goldfish before it
was published, asked me eagerly if I cared if they got up
a real secret lodge, like Poppys, as featured in the
books seventh chapter.
That gave me an idea. Why not go my enthusiastic young friends
one better, I thought, and get up a widely extended secret
fun lodge, open to all Poppy Ott and Jerry Todd
Now there are local branches of the Order all over the United
States and there are well over 10,000 members.
The Chatterbox, a feature that ap-pears in every Leo Edwards
book, carries news of the various Club activities. It is made
up of letters and poems written by the boys. All letters are
personally answered by me and those that seem of general interest
I keep aside and put in the first Chatterbox that has room
Each member receives a membership card and button designed
by Bert Salg, the popular illustrator of these books.
Any boy anywhere, of any size, age or color, who has a friendly
feeling toward Poppy and Jerry is welcome to join. It will
cost you two two-cent United States postage stamps. One stamp
will pay the postage and the other stamp will partly cover
the cost of the card, button and envelope.
In applying for membership, please
observe these simple rules:
Write your name plainly.
(2) Supply your complete address.
(3) Give your age.
(4) Enclose two two-cent United States postage stamps
(5) Address your letter to,
Thompson, Freckled Goldfish member number 4277, provides this picture
of his membership card and button.