Dedicated to the legacy of Edward Stratemeyer, author & founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate

What the Font — Bright Days

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, […]

Banned Book Week

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, […]

What the Font — 1950s Nancy Drew

Part 1 of this series explored Stratemeyer Syndicate series book typefaces of the 1920s through the mid-1940s. In 1946 the appearance of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew  were changed dramatically.  The dust jackets adopted a new design which collectors call a “wraparound” dust jacket.  The illustration is wider and starts on the front panel […]

What the Font — 1930s Nancy Drew

The success of a book can be attributed to many things.  It can be related to plot and characters.  Illustrations can have a significant impact.  Not always recognized is the importance of page design and typography.  The shapes of the letters, the spacing, the size of the margins. Edward Stratemeyer’s role as an amateur printer […]

Two presentations in San Diego, June 2018

James D. Keeline will give two presentations as part of the Oasis Lifelong Learning program in June 2018.  These are held at Grossmont Center in La Mesa.  Details will be found on the individual event pages.  This includes the nominal fee ($12 per class) and a link to register on the Oasis website. Stratemeyer Syndicate […]

Hawaiian Volcano

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 […]

Whisky Instead of Milk

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) […]

Location — Bayport

Where is Bayport? This question is part of a popular parlor game among readers of the Hardy Boys series.  Even though most will admit that the location is fictitious, that does not stop them from trying to identify the state containing Bayport and possibly the location itself.  At least nine articles in the series book […]

Happy Birthday Edward Stratemeyer

Edward Stratemeyer, 1903

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 This Date — Sept. 28

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, […]

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