Famous first line! A Christmas line, spoken by a great character of literature, Jo March.
In honor of that first line and the ambitious and opinionated Jo March, I present the Little Women collection of my friend Nancy Espersen. Nancy’s lovely home was recently featured on the Hillsborough Candlelight Home Tour.
The guest room, decorated as the Little Women Room for the tour
A Little Women bank and mementos from the movie starring June Allyson and Peter Lawford
A scarf from the June Allyson movie
A cross stitch of the Alcott home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts
A paper dollhouse of the March home
First day issue of the Little Women postage stamp
The cover of Nancy’s childhood copy of the book, Whitman Publishing, 1955.
The endpages with a Little Women sticker in the corner
I asked Nancy to tell us about her lifelong appreciation for Little Women:
My love of everything “Little Women” began as a child. Perhaps it was the version of the book that began this journey. Whatever it was, the story of the March family captured my heart, especially the way they dealt with their trials and tribulations as well as their triumphs and joys. It is still a tradition to watch the movie at Christmas. And even to this day, my husband is ready to hand me a tissue when Beth dies.