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Object of the Month - April 2015

Gumdrop book

Gumdrop Books
Gumdrop Val Biro was an illustrator and author who lived in Amersham’s High Street in the house where the Brazil family used to have their butchers’ shop. He was a car enthusiast and wrote children’s books about Gumdrop, the name for his 1926 Austin Tourer.

He moved from Hungary in 1939 to study art and soon after received commissions for book cover illustrations; he did some 4,000 in all, he also had a 21 year period with the Radio Times, doing at least one illustration per week. He wrote and illustrated 39 Gumdrop books. The museum has several of the Gumdrop books in its collection. Read more about Val Biro at