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How Tom Swift Invented Everything

Tom Swift endpapers from the orange cloth format introduced in 1932 featuring many inventions from the series and an autogyro that was not included in the series.

Tom Swift endpapers from the orange cloth format introduced in 1932 featuring many inventions from the series and an autogyro that was not included in the series.

For the readers of the Tom Swift Sr. books who have seen many parallels of the inventions from Shopton, N.Y. and those from the pages of Popular Science and Popular Mechanics and the rest of everyday life, there is almost no question that Tom Swift invented everything of consequence.

An advertisement that appeared on some Don Sturdy books with an illustration of Tom Swift tinkering on some small piece of machinery.  It also expresses the aims for the series.

An advertisement that appeared on some Don Sturdy books with an illustration of Tom Swift tinkering on some small piece of machinery. It also expresses the aims for the series.

In reality, the Tom Swift Sr. volumes popularized real creations and proposals that appeared in the science and engineering literature.  Edward Stratemeyer and Howard R. Garis were looking to these publications for ideas to include in the adventure stories.  It is much like Jules Verne who took ideas of submarines or geographical trivia around which to weave a story.

The Tom Swift Invented Everything page, which discusses many examples, has been recently added to the site.

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Keeline

James D. Keeline has been researching Edward Stratemeyer and the Stratemeyer Syndicate since 1988. He has written many dozens of articles and conference presentations on these topics and has several books in progress, including a Series Book Encyclopedia, a full biography of Edward Stratemeyer, and Stratemeyer Syndicate Ghostwriters. He has also edited and published several Stratemeyer texts in illustrated and annotated editions under the 24 Palmer Street Press imprint at Lulu.com.

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