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If you are a subscriber to this blog, I apologize for all the mail you have been getting as the old posts were returned to this site. It’s taken about two weeks, but we are back online. Not only do we have all of the info the old site had online, but we are adding […]

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James Keeline

Welcome. This blog is called “Yours Truly” not just because that is who wrote it but because this was the way that Edward Stratemeyer signed almost all of his business letters. The Stratemeyer Syndicate archive of business records at the New York Public Library is one of the best resources for information about Edward Stratemeyer […]

The Ted Scott series takes off

Dust jacket for the first Ted Scott volume, Over the Ocean to Paris (1927).

The first volume of the Ted Scott series was an obvious retelling of the first solo Transatlantic flight by Charles A. Lindbergh in May 1927.  From time to time a reference is made to how quickly the story was rushed into print.  An examination of the dates is interesting. Charles Lindbergh departed from Roosevelt Field, Long Island, […]

Ghostwriting in the Mega-Books era 3

In a further exploration of the Mega-Books writers’ guidelines from the early 1990s, some of the topics which were off limits in the Syndicate era were allowed (murder) while some topics used in early books (drugs or alcohol) were prohibited.

Banned Book Week

Anthony Comstock and Traps for the Young

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 — 1930s Nancy Drew

DeVinne typeface used for Nancy Drew in the 1930s.

The typeface used to publish a book is of significant importance to the readability and overall success. The early Nancy Drew books, along with many other Syndicate books, used a particular typeface that was one of Edward Stratemeyer’s favorites.

Hawaiian Volcano

George C. Stratemeyer lived in Hawaii for the latter half of his life.

The present-day eruption of Kilauea in Hawaii calls to mind the Stratemeyer family connections with Hawaii and its volcanoes.