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April Fools Articles in Series Book Magazines

It is April 1 again and time for each amazing claim placed before you to be treated with more scrutiny than usual. Some series book fans like to play the April Fool’s Day game and have submitted articles to series book magazines that have misled some collectors to look for books that do not exist. […]

Dorothy Chester

Dorothy Chester

The Dorothy Chester series. As the Stratemeyer Syndicate was developing, the publishers that Stratemeyer was using were interested in having him provide stories with girl protagonists as well. In one letter he noted the difficulty of getting good reliable writers for girls. He approached a number of established writers, in an effort to get them […]

Evelyn Raymond

Evelyn Raymond

Evelyn Raymond was an author living in Baltimore, Maryland who was an established writer when Edward Stratemeyer asked her to write the Dorothy Chester series. Stratemeyer began to have problems with his publisher, Chatterton-Peck, and several lawsuits were the result.  Eventually he was able to purchase the rights and plates for many series volumes from them […]

Frank V. Webster

Frank V. Webster

“Frank V. Webster” was a Stratemeyer Syndicate pseudonym used for the Webster series of stories that resemble the writings of Horatio Alger, Jr. Unlike many pen names, a conscious effort was made to present “Frank V. Webster” as a real person.  A 1911 Cupples & Leon ad to the book trade, likely written by Edward Stratemeyer, […]

Bobbsey Twins

Bobbsey Twins

The Bobbsey Twins series. In addition to the Deep Sea (Dave Fearless) series, the Bobbsey Twins was the other series where the first volume was personally written by Edward Stratemeyer. This only applies to the original text for The Bobbsey Twins; or, Merry Days Indoors and Out as it was published by Mershon in 1904. […]

Laura Lee Hope

Laura Lee Hope

“Laura Lee Hope” was one of the Syndicate’s most frequently used pseudonyms.  It was first used for the Bobbsey Twins series and other books for the youngest audience.  However, it was also used for older readers as well.  The Stratemeyer Syndicate series that used the name are: The Bobbsey Twins series (1904—1979) The Outdoor Girls series (1913—1933) The Moving Picture Girls […]

Racer Boys

Racer Boys

The Racer Boys was a series of six volumes published by Cupples & Leon between 1912 and 1914.   1. The Racer Boys; or, The Mystery of the Wreck (1912)2. The Racer Boys at Boarding School; or, Striving for the Championship (1912)3. The Racer Boys to the Rescue; or, Stirring Days in a Winter Camp […]

Jack Ranger

Jack Ranger

The Jack Ranger series. This series of adventure stories was begun by Cupples & Leon in 1907 and published under the “Clarence Young” name that was used for the popular Motor Boys series begun the year earlier. The Jack Ranger books were fairly expensive offerings in their first years with substantial bindings for a Cupples […]

Motor Boys

Motor Boys

The Motor Boys series. The other series begun by Edward Stratemeyer in 1905 was the Motor Boys series for Cupples & Leon. This was part of several series volumes issued by that publisher in 1906 but it happens to be the first one ordered from a ghostwriter. All of the volumes were ghostwritten by Howard […]

Clarence Young

“Clarence Young” was a pseudonym used for Edward Stratemeyer stories and Stratemeyer Syndicate productions. A similar pseudonym, “Captain Young of Yale,” was used on a sports story written by Stratemeyer and published in Young Sports of America, a story paper, in 1895. The Stratemeyer Syndicate series produced under this name are: The Motor Boys series (1906—1924) […]