Tom Swift Boy Inventor

6 Series

Tom Swift Sr

Tom Swift Jr

Tom Swift III

Tom Swift IV

Tom Swift V

Tom Swift VI

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Tom Swift Invented Everything

Tom Swift Invented Everything

This page is based off a longer presentation I gave at the Popular Culture Association and have since given as a talk to a number of organizations and...
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Anthony Comstock and Traps for the Young

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, […]

Nancy Drew Radio spoof article

April Fool’s Articles in Series Book Magazines

It is April 1 again and time for each amazing claim placed before you to be treated with more scrutiny than usual. Some series book fans like to play the April Fool’s Day game and have submitted articles to series book magazines that have misled some collectors to look for books that do not exist. […]

Hybrid Airship Inspirations: Santos-Dumont

Photographs and articles in popular science publications influenced the Syndicate stories. The Santos-Dumont No. 14bis seems to have made an impression on Stratemeyer, Garis, and their artists.

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Combined Airplanes and Dirigible Balloons in Tom Swift

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 magazines and newspapers. […]

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The Red Cloud

Tom Swift invented many remarkable vehicles that carried him and his friends on their adventures. The Red Cloud was used in many of the early stories of the Tom Swift Sr. series.