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The Gift

Choosing the right gift for someone is always a challenge.  It is even more difficult when it is a gift for a business contact if you don’t know them very well. Of course sometimes the recipient returns the gift.  However, it is not very often that the recipient returns it to the presenter with a […]

Happy Birthday, Harriet Stratemeyer Adams

This post is written on Harriet Stratemeyer Adam’s 124th birthday (eldest daughter of author Edward Stratemeyer). Edward Stratemeyer founded the Stratemeyer Syndicate in 1905. Although he had the idea earlier and wrote about the idea, the first book assignments produced through the Syndicate process were ordered in 1905 and published in 1906. He ran the […]

Association Copy — George Waldo Browne

An association copy is a book whose interest is enhanced by annotations by a creator of the work or one that has been passed from one person to another where the people have a strong connection with the work or the creator’s career overall.  ABC for Book Collectors by John Carter includes this definition and examples: […]

Story—A Lucky Explosion (1892)

As with other holidays, Edward Stratemeyer wrote a couple short stories for Independence Day for the Newark Sunday Call. The first of these was “A Lucky Explosion: An Independence Day Story for Young People” (3 July 1892). The story was reprinted in an abridged form in Young Sports of America as by “Ed Ward” (13 […]

Story—A Perilous Skate (1892)

In the 1890s Edward Stratemeyer struck a deal with the editor of the Newark Sunday Call newspaper to offer occasional short stories.  Most often these were timed to coincide with a holiday of the year.  He wanted to gather some of these together and publish them as a book to be called “Holiday Stories for Boys.” […]

1894 Ghost story by Edward Stratemeyer

Among the least-known form of Edward Stratemeyer’s writings are his short stories for newspapers, especially the Newark Sunday Call.  This weekly from his home town ran a group of stories by Stratemeyer that were timed and themed to the holidays of the year.  With only a local audience in mind, locations known to Newark-area readers were included. […]

Story—The Ghost of Flydown Hill (1894)

In the 1890s Edward Stratemeyer wrote a series of short stories for the Newark Sunday Call for young people that were timed to coincide with the holidays around the year.   Later he wanted to publish a book of these stories to be called Holiday Stories for Boys.  Although that did not work out, we published a […]

Story—A Longed-For Adventure (1892)

In the United States the last Monday of May is commemorated as Memorial Day.  It was originally known as Decoration Day to reflect a tradition of honoring war dead from the Civil War. Among Stratemeyer’s “holiday” stories for the Newark Sunday Call was “A Longed-For Adventure:  A Decoration Day Story for Young People” (29 May 1892). […]

Edward Stratemeyer’s New York City

Edward Stratemeyer lived for most of his professional life in Newark, New Jersey.  Most of his publishers had offices in nearby New York City.  As Horatio Alger Jr. had before him, many of Edward’s stories featured detailed descriptions of the metropolis.  Unlike the made-up small towns used in the books, there was a great probability […]

Story—Davy’s Christmas (1891)

Story—Davy’s Christmas (1891)

In addition to writing stories for books, story papers, and dime novel publishers, Edward Stratemeyer wrote a couple dozen short stories for newspapers, especially one of the papers local to his home, the Newark Sunday Call.  As implied by the name, this was a weekly newspaper issued for Sunday reading.  Most of Edward’s stories for this […]