Biography

Hourihane, Ursula

Ursula Hourihane wrote books aimed at the younger reader. She was amongst the first to use what Muriel M Green, writing in The Library Review in 1947 called 'the new method of illustration by colour photographs', for The Friendly Adventures of Button and Mac (1946). Her later story, The Tale of Julip, a story about the then newly created Julip model ponies, was illustrated with photographs. These, in their first incarnation, were very different to the ponies we know now. They were much more fanciful in form, and came in a rainbow of colours. Julip fairly soon moved on to a more conventional form of pony portraiture, but The Tale of Julip is a fascinating portrait of post-war toy creation.

Finding the books
All are very difficult to find.

Links and sources
Thank you to Dawn Harrison for all her help.
Library Review, Vol 11, 3, 300-301
The early history of Julip: Julip company website – no longer available.

Bibliography: pony books only
The Tale of Julip, Adam Press, London, 1948, 45 pp. Photographs by Gee Denes
The Bargain Pony, Frederick Muller, London, 1953, 158 pp.
Danny Finds the Sea, University of London Press, London, 1958, 32 pp, illus Rene Hummerstone
Short stories
Ponies for a Pageant in Pony Magazine, May 1953, illus Margaret May

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