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Terminology Tuesday

Like any field with complexity and sophistication, the people who read, collect, and research juvenile series books from the Stratemeyer Syndicate and other people and groups have developed specialized terms.  For the person who is new to the community, this jargon can be confusing and even intimidating.  Learning the meaning of these words can help you feel more a part of the series book community and expand your knowledge of the history and production of the books.

Each Tuesday, for at least the next 10 weeks, we will publish a new specialized term and definition that applies to series books and book collecting in general.  Additional terms are planned and will be added before the current batch which will appear weekly into January 2016.

The first term is “phantom title.”  All of the terms defined will be available on the Glossary page.  The URLs of these pages are designed to be concise and readable for convenient posting on Facebook, blogs, Yahoo groups, etc.

So, the next time someone asks if you have any Hardy Boys in OT PC, you will have a resource here to understand that they are asking for the “original text” (25 chapter story) in “pictorial cover” format.


This definition and discussion of a term applied to collecting juvenile series books is part of a Glossary of specialized terms. At the outset a new term or topic is added once a week on “Terminology Tuesdays” on

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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

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