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Rudolph's Sister and Original Booklet Mock-up

Rudolph's Sister and Original Booklet Mock-up

Robert L. May was the creator of the lovable little deer, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. He wrote the story for his employer, Montgomery Ward, in 1939 while he was working as a writer for their ads and catalog. During the time he was working on the project, his wife had failing health due to cancer and the little deer helped Robert and his 4 year old daughter get through some hard times.

Robert L. May and his 4 year old daughter Barbara.

A little known fact is that Barbara (sitting with Robert in the photograph), was somewhat of a co-writer with Robert. He would write different sections of the poem and read them to her to get her expression. Often she would recommend phrase or word changes. Oh, and legend has it that Robert chose to write about a reindeer since Barbara loved going to the Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago) to see the reindeer enclosure.

Many years later, Barbara considered herself Rudolph's "big" sister. In the following sound clip, you can listed to Barbara read the original Rudolph poem. If you would like to follow along, below the sound clip is a slideshow of photographs of the original hand written mock-up of the pamphlet that was created for Montgomery Ward to hand out to their customers during the holiday season.


Barbara May Lewis Reading Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Hand Written Mock-Up of "Rudolf"

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Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer's Official Website Rudolph's Web Page
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Rudolph Frequently Asked Questions Rudolph's FAQ Page
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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer's Biography Rudolph's Biography
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer's Biography
Rudolph on 45 records RCA Victor Rudolph - RCA / Victor 45
The original narrated version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer on 45 records
Original 1948 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Cartoon Original 1948 Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Cartoon
The original 8 minute cartoon produced by Montgomery Wards.
Gene Autry, Lyrics, and History of Song Gene Autry Singing, Lyrics, and History
See Gene Autry Singing and find out the history of the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer song.
Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer Full Movie Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Full Movie (1964)
The full 1964 stop motion film about Rudolph.

Rudolph's Sister and Original Booklet Mock-up


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