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Edward Stratemeyer’s first amateur printing in the mid-1870s attempted to replicate the larger story papers he read. In the 1880s he returned to this field with a semi-professional story paper called Our American Boys that lasted for three issues at the beginning of 1883. His first stories were published in story papers like Golden Days (James Elverson, […]
The last week in September is considered to be Banned Book Week. In 2019 this is Sept. 22-28. While you will see lists of many books that have been “challenged” or “censored” over the years, most of the time our juvenile series books are not listed. Yet, the librarians who wanted to impress fellow librarians, […]
The volcano Kilauea on the island of Hawaii has recently been in the news. The entire archipelago has formed from relatively recent volcanic activity and Kilauea has long been active and a marvel and terror for more than 150 years. Edward Stratemeyer’s older half-brother, George Christian Stratemeyer, left Elizabeth, New Jersey, and moved first to […]
After Franklin K. Mathiews’ polemic was published in The Outlook in November 1914, which led to the foundation of Children’s Book Week, there were other articles published to warn parents, teachers, and librarians of the reading they considered to be dangerous to boys and their imaginations. One interesting example was written by Walter Prichard Eaton (1878-1957) […]
This post was written on the 155th anniversary of Edward Stratemeyer’s birthday. Edward Stratemeyer was born on October 4, 1862 in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Henry Julius Stratemeyer and Anna Siegel Stratemeyer. He was the youngest of six children born to Anna. His three oldest half-brothers were fathered by George Edward Stratemeyer before he died […]
On any given date of the year there are dozens of letters that were composed by the Stratemeyer Syndicate or by correspondents and sent in. This is an interesting letter from The American Boy magazine that gives a chance to explore how things were done 111 years ago. Edward Stratemeyer was more than just a writer, […]
On any given date of the year there are dozens of letters that were composed by the Stratemeyer Syndicate or by correspondents and sent in. This is an interesting and revealing letter from this date to a young fan. My Dear Young Friend: When writing replies to fan mail, Stratemeyer routinely addressed them in this […]
When Edward Stratemeyer was a young adult, he participated on at least one committee to organize a dance in Elizabeth, New Jersey. On the card above, the location of the Red Ribbon Club Parlors was the corner of Broad and East Grand Streets. In the 1888 city directory for Elizabeth, the address was given as […]
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 […]
This post is written on Harriet Stratemeyer Adams’ 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 […]