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Howard R. Garis

Howard R. Garis

Howard R. Garis (1873-1962) was the most prolific ghostwriter for the Stratemeyer Syndicate.  Over a span of 30 years he wrote some 315 books for them. His name was placed on the title pages and covers of several series that were owned and outlined by the Stratemeyer Syndicate, including: The Larry Dexter series (1907—1915) The Dick […]

Bobbsey Twins format page

The Bobbsey Twins was one of the longest-running series produced by the Stratemeyer Syndicate.  The first volume was personally written by Edward Stratemeyer and was published in 1904. It was not a big seller.  Undeterred, two additional titles were added in 1907, the product of a ghostwriter, Lilian C. Garis, working from Stratemeyer’s outlines.  These also did […]

Signed Series Books

Collecting autographs has been a popular pastime for more than a century. Book collectors explore this by getting books with the signatures of their favorite authors. Who “Signed” it ? When it comes to series books, the process of collecting signed editions becomes more problematic. Some authors, like Roy J. Snell, were real people who […]

Hybrid Airship Inspirations: Santos-Dumont

As written previously, this novel combination aircraft was not without a real-life precedent. Most of the inventions in the Tom Swift series are enhancements of real inventions. Although the design was not ultimately successful, the combined aeroplane-dirigibile balloon was an area of interest for several inventors. It is difficult to know precisely which publications were […]

Tom Swift’s Combined Aeroplane-Dirigible Balloons

To the modern reader used to visualizing the frail pioneering aircraft of the Wright brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and others, the Red Cloud from the Tom Swift series seems utterly fantastic — the stuff of science fiction. However, as was often the case, the descriptions were not pure fantasy but rather extensions of concepts and inventions described in […]

Origins of the Stratemeyer Syndicate

Origins of the Stratemeyer Syndicate

This year, 2015, has been identified as the 85th anniversary of the origin of Nancy Drew as well as the passing of the Stratemeyer Syndicate founder, Edward Stratemeyer. The latter is an easy date to name because he died on May 10, 1930. The best date to associate with Nancy Drew is a bit harder […]

The Red Cloud

The third volume in the Tom Swift series describes the first of several aircraft owned and flown by the young inventor. The Red Cloud was a large and versatile craft and was featured in several of the early adventures until it was destroyed in the caves of ice. The initial plans for the Red Cloud […]

How Tom Swift Invented Everything

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. In reality, the Tom Swift Sr. volumes popularized […]