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It’s World Smile Day…

Mabel’s sayings make us smile everyday!

Digging around in the archives of Mabel Lucie Attwell treasures is always a happy treat – so to celebrate World Smile Day we thought we’d share a few of our favourites...

Mabel Lucie Attwell illustration of girl squirting water

It’s great to see these beautiful illustrations, full of fun, wit, and joy come out of the archives to ‘make people laugh’ – the thing Mabel loved to do most. We know from the many letters Mabel received during her lifetime, that her art meant so much to so many people. From inspiring everyone to calm down and carry on in the face of two World Wars or to take ‘the steam out of the family battleground’, Mabel’s work brought comfort and laughter to homes across the world and across generations. 

Mabel Lucie Attwell war time illustrationMabel Lucie Attwell Mr Smiler illustration and verse

World Smile Day began in 1999 when Harvey Ball, the artist behind the smiley face, declared that everyone should devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts. Ever since, people across the world celebrate with smiles and good deeds on the first Friday in October. We’d love to hear about yours @mabel_lucie

Mabel Lucie Attwell policeman stopping car illustration

Mabel Lucie Attwell everything's lovely and bright illustrationMabel Lucie Attwell sun-batheing illustration

Mabel Lucie Attwell something's gone bust seaside illustration

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