Thursday, April 26, 2018

Nancy Drew Notebooks Series Checklist of Titles

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The Nancy Drew Notebooks series was published in paperback from 1994 through 2005.  The series consists of 69 volumes, and the final volume was published in December 2005.  The series was originally published under the Minstrel imprint and later changed to the Aladdin imprint.  The higher-numbered volumes are harder to find since they went through fewer printings. 

This series is a modern spin-off of the original Nancy Drew series.  It features Nancy Drew and her friends, Bess Marvin and George Fayne, at the age of 8.  This series is written for children from the ages of 5 to 8.

List of titles:

  1. The Slumber Party Secret, 1994
  2. The Lost Locket, 1994
  3. The Secret Santa, 1994
  4. Bad Day for Ballet, 1995
  5. The Soccer Shoe Clue, 1995
  6. The Ice Cream Scoop, 1995
  7. Trouble at Camp Treehouse, 1995
  8. The Best Detective, 1995
  9. The Thanksgiving Surprise, 1995
10. Not Nice on Ice, 1996
11. The Pen Pal Puzzle, 1996
12. The Puppy Problem, 1996
13. The Wedding Gift Goof, 1996
14. The Funny Face Fight, 1996
15. The Crazy Key Clue, 1996
16. The Ski Slope Mystery, 1997
17. Whose Pet is Best?, 1997
18. The Stolen Unicorn, 1997
19. The Lemonade Raid, 1997
20. Hannah's Secret, 1997
21. Princess on Parade, 1997
22. The Clue in the Glue, 1998
23. Alien in the Classroom, 1998
24. The Hidden Treasures, 1998
25. Dare at the Fair, 1998
26. The Lucky Horseshoes, 1998
27. Trouble Takes the Cake, 1998
28. Thrill on the Hill, 1999
29. Lights! Camera! Clues!, 1999
30. It's No Joke!, 1999
31. Fine Feathered Mystery, 1999
32. Black Velvet Mystery, 1999
33. The Gumdrop Ghost, 1999
34. Trash or Treasure?, 2000
35. Third Grade Reporter, 2000
36. Make Believe Mystery, 2000
37. Dude Ranch Detective, 2000
38. Candy is Dandy, 2000
39. Chinese New Year Mystery, 2000
40. Dinosaur Alert!, 2001
41. Flower Power, 2001
42. Circus Act, 2001
43. The Walkie-Talkie Mystery, 2001
44. The Purple Fingerprint, 2001
45. The Dashing Dog Mystery, 2001
46. The Snow Queen's Surprise, 2002
47. The Crook Who Took the Book, 2002
48. The Crazy Carnival Case, 2002
49. The Sand Castle Mystery, 2002
50. The Scarytales Sleepover, 2002
51. The Old-Fashioned Mystery, 2002
52. Big Worry in Wonderland, 2003
53. Recipe for Trouble, 2003
54. The Stinky Cheese Surprise, 2003
55. The Day Camp Disaster, 2003
56. Turkey Trouble, 2003
57. The Carousel Mystery, 2003
58. The Dollhouse Mystery, 2004
59. The Bike Race Mystery, 2004
60. The Lighthouse Mystery, 2004
61. Space Case, 2004
62. The Secret in the Spooky Woods, 2004
63. The Snowman Surprise, 2004
64. The Bunny-Hop Hoax, 2005
65. Strike-Out Scare, 2005
66. Zoo Clue, 2005
67. The Singing Suspects, 2005
68. The Apple Bandit, 2005
69. The Kitten Caper, 2005 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Blythe Girls Series 1925-1932 by Laura Lee Hope

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The Blythe Girls series was published by Grosset and Dunlap from 1925 through 1932.  Elizabeth M. Duffield Ward wrote the series under the pseudonym of Laura Lee Hope.  Ward also wrote volumes 7 through 23 of the Outdoor Girls series.

Summary

This series is much darker than most vintage series books.  The Blythe Girls are three sisters who live alone in New York City.  Money is a primary concern, and the Blythe sisters struggle for quite some time before Margy and Rose obtain jobs and before Helen gains nominal success with her art.  The reader comes to expect trouble, strife, and disaster to confront the Blythe girls at every turn.  Shortly after the beginning of each book, something terrible happens to either one or more of the sisters or to one of their close acquaintances.  Rose faces the loss of her job several times.  Helen loses her paintings by destruction or theft more than once.  On one especially disastrous day, a plane crashes into the Blythes' apartment, destroying most of their furniture and forcing them to temporarily live elsewhere.

The series also has a recurring villain, Rex Pepper.  Rex is the spoiled nephew of Margy's employer, the eccentric Miss Dorcas Pepper.  At first, Rex's main vices appear to be his selfishness and arrogance, but in time, it becomes apparent that Rex is a criminal with no compunction.  Rex tries repeatedly to steal Miss Pepper's fortune, at one point even trying to have Miss Pepper committed to an insane asylum.  Rex often shows up in the most unexpected places and is always involved in an underhanded scheme.

List of Titles

   1. Helen, Margy, and Rose, 1925
   2. Margy's Queer Inheritance, 1925
   3. Rose's Great Problem, 1925
   4. Helen's Strange Boarder, 1925
   5. Three on a Vacation, 1925
   6. Margy's Secret Mission, 1926
   7. Rose's Odd Discovery, 1927
   8. The Disappearance of Helen, 1928
   9. Snowbound in Camp, 1929
 10. Margy's Mysterious Visitor, 1930
 11. Rose's Hidden Talent, 1931
 12. Helen's Wonderful Mistake, 1932

Value

Most of the books in this series are of nominal value provided that the book is missing its dust jacket.  The books are worth significantly more with nice, intact dust jackets.  The books that have intact dust jackets are generally worth $25 to $50, but keep in mind that the values are always changing based on supply and demand.  Sometimes a nice example with a dust jacket will sell for a very low price due to lack of interest.  The first four books in the series were reprinted by Whitman, and the Whitman reprints have nominal value either with or without the dust jacket.

As with other out of print series books, the last titles in this series are much more scarce and consistently sell for higher prices.  However, this series breaks one of the rules for pricing which is usually true for series books.  In most series, the final volume is worth the most because it went through the least number of printings.  Volume 12 in the Blythe Girls series is easier to find than volumes 10 and 11.  It is my belief that volumes 10 through 12 each went through only one printing, but the print run for each of volumes 10 and 11 was much smaller than the print run for volume 12.  Volumes 10 and 11 rarely come up for sale while volume 12 usually comes up for sale several times per year.  Volumes 10 and 11 are scarce for examples lacking a dust jacket and are extremely rare for examples with a dust jacket.  Volumes 10 and 11 are easily worth $200 and up with nice, intact dust jackets.  Volumes 10 and 11 are worth around $15 to $25 without dust jackets.

First Printings

The copyright page is the last place to look when trying to determine whether a Blythe Girls book is the first printing.  The copyright pages were never updated by Grosset and Dunlap, so all of the copyright pages have a list of titles that makes it appear that the book is a first printing.

If the book does not have a dust jacket, look in the back of the book after the end of the story to see if there is a list of Blythe Girls titles.  If the book has a dust jacket, look on the front flap and/or back panel for a list of Blythe Girls titles.  The last title listed determines the year of printing.  For instance, if the dust jacket's front flap lists to Margy's Secret Mission, then the book was printed in 1926, which is the year of publication for Margy's Secret Mission.  Or, if the dust jacket's front flap lists to Helen's Wonderful Mistake, then the book was printed in 1932, which is the year of publication for Helen's Wonderful Mistake.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Kay Tracey #6 The Green Cameo Mystery

In Kay Tracey #6, The Green Cameo Mystery, Kay takes her laundry to Joe Wong's laundry.  When Kay walks in, she hears Mr. Wong muttering about a Cameo Curse.  Kay learns that Wong's daughter, Lotus, is missing, and he is paying Cara Noma, a medium, a lot of money to break the curse.  Kay becomes interested in helping Joe Wong.

This is a book that delivers on many levels.

On page 10, a bloody cross is drawn on Kay's forehead.  Later in the story, a plate glass window is broken, and the glass cuts Kay's forehead in the shape of a cross, right where the bloody cross was drawn.

Kay is drugged by incense and has a crazy dream.

Ethel is really out to get Kay in this book.  She places drugged chocolates in Kay's drink, but fortunately, Kay's drink spills.  Later in the story, Ethel and Pete saw through the back of a chair that is being used in the school's play.  Pete plans to hurl Kay into the chair so that Kay will be injured.

Kay playfully puts her money in a drawer of the mahogany desk at the auction, then she apparently leaves it accidentally.  This is very stupid.

On page 96, Kay hears Mrs. Wong speak in Chinese.  Kay does not understand Chinese, but she "grasped the phonetics very accurately.  These she stowed away in her memory, hoping that she might be able to learn later what they meant."  I have already noted that Kay is just as perfect as the revised text era Nancy Drew, who also has especially outstanding language skills.

On page 147, Kay sees money on Mr. Wong's rug.  She picks it up and puts it in her pocket, planning to give it to Mr. Wong later.  Kay had no business doing that.  How about just putting it on Wong's desk?  Of course, it turns out to be important that Kay keeps the money, but it is totally illogical.  I wouldn't pick up and keep money found inside someone else's house.

Kay is held captive on a boat that is one-half mile from shore.  Kay estimates that she can swim that distance in 25 minutes, so she jumps off the boat and swims to shore.  What an amazing young woman.

Kay is given the Green Cameo at the end of the story, and she keeps it.  Yes indeed, Kay keeps an object that is said to be cursed.  Yikes.  Perhaps we can blame Kay's troubles during the rest of the series on the Cameo Curse.

I did not read the revised text, but the revised text is a rewritten and condensed version of the story.

The book has a plot twist that makes it very good.  This is an excellent story that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Girls Aviation Series Books - Titles and Authors

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The purpose of this guide is to list the many different vintage girls series books that feature aviation as the main theme of the story.  This guide lists complete series that revolve around flight as well as some individual titles that focus on aviation.  Two series that feature flight attendants as the main character are also listed here.

There are also many different boys series books that feature aviation, and at a later time these books may be listed in a separate guide.  I am quite certain that I do not have every single girls aviation series listed here at this time, and as I learn of additional series, I will add them to this list.

Airplane Girl by Harrison Bardwell

1. Roberta's Flying Courage, 1930
2. The Lurtiss Field Mystery, 1930
3. The Airplane Girl and the Mystery of Seal Island, 1930
4. The Airplane Girl and the Mystery Ship, 1930

Carol Rogers by Patricia O'Malley

1. Wings for Carol, 1941
2. Wider Wings, 1941
3. War Wings for Carol, 1943
4. Airline Girl, 1944
5. Winging Her Way, 1946

Courageous Wings (stand-alone volume), by Mildred A. Wirt, 1937

Dorothy Dixon by Dorothy Wayne

1. Dorothy Dixon Wins Her Wings, 1933
2. Dorothy Dixon and the Mystery Plane, 1933
3. Dorothy Dixon Solves the Conway Case, 1933
4. Dorothy Dixon and the Double Cousin, 1933

Girl Aviator by Margaret Burnham

1. The Girl Aviators and the Phantom Airship, 1911
2. The Girl Aviators on Golden Wings, 1911
3. The Girl Aviators' Sky Cruise, 1911
4. The Girl Aviators' Motor Butterfly, 1912

Linda Carlton by Edith Lavell

1. Linda Carlton, Air Pilot, 1931
2. Linda Carlton's Ocean Flight, 1931
3. Linda Carlton's Island Adventure, 1931
4. Linda Carlton's Perilous Summer, 1932
5. Linda Carlton's Hollywood Flight, 1933

Nancy Naylor by Elizabeth Lansing

1. Nancy Naylor, Air Pilot, 1941
2. Nancy Naylor Flies South, 1943
3. Nancy Naylor Flight Nurse, 1944
4. Nancy Naylor, Captain of Flight Nurses, 1946
5. Nancy Naylor, Visiting Nurse, 1947

Outdoor Girls

22. The Outdoor Girls in the Air, 1932

Ruth Darrow Flying Stories by Mildred A. Wirt

1. Ruth Darrow in the Air Derby, 1930
2. Ruth Darrow in the Fire Patrol, 1930
3. Ruth Darrow in Yucatan, 1931
4. Ruth Darrow and the Coast Guard, 1931

Shirley Flight Series by Judith Dale and Trudi Arlen

  1. Air Hostess
  2. The Diamond Smugglers
  3. Desert Adventure
  4. In Hollywood
  5. The Flying Doctor
  6. The Great Bullion Mystery
  7. Congo Rescue
  8. The Rajah's Daughter
  9. Hawaiian Mystery, 1960
10. In Spain, 1960
11. Pacific Castaways, 1960
12. Fjord Adventure, 1960
13. Flying Jet, 1961
14. Storm Warning, 1961
15. Chinese Puzzle, 1961
16. Canadian Capers, 1961

Sky Racers (stand-alone volume) by Mildred A. Wirt, 1935

Vicki Barr Flight Stewardess by Helen Wells and Julie Tatham

  1. Silver Wings for Vicki, 1947
  2. Vicki Finds the Answer, 1947
  3. The Hidden Valley Mystery, 1948
  4. The Secret of Magnolia Manor, 1949
  5. The Clue of the Broken Blossom, 1950
  6. Behind the White Veil, 1951
  7. The Mystery at Hartwood House, 1952
  8. Peril Over the Airport, 1953
  9. The Mystery of the Vanishing Lady, 1954
10. The Search for the Missing Twin, 1954
11. The Ghost at the Waterfall, 1956
12. The Clue of the Gold Coin, 1958
13. The Silver Ring Mystery, 1960
14. The Clue of the Carved Ruby, 1961
15. The Mystery of Flight 908, 1962
16. The Brass Idol Mystery, 1964

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Black Stallion Series by Walter Farley 1941 to 1989

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From 1941 through 1989, Walter Farley wrote a very successful series of books about the Black Stallion.  The books were originally released in hardcover with dust jacket and were later reprinted in both library bindings and in paperback.

Books by Walter Farley:

   The Black Stallion, 1941
   The Black Stallion Returns, 1945
   Son of the Black Stallion, 1947
   The Island Stallion, 1948
   The Black Stallion and Satan, 1949
   The Black Stallion's Blood Bay Colt, 1951
   The Island Stallion's Fury, 1951
   The Black Stallion's Filly, 1952
   The Black Stallion Revolts, 1953
   The Black Stallion's Sulky Colt, 1954
   The Island Stallion Races, 1955
   The Black Stallion's Courage, 1956
   The Black Stallion Mystery, 1957
   The Horse-Tamer, 1958
   The Black Stallion and Flame, 1960
   Man O'War, 1962
   The Black Stallion Challenged!, 1964
   The Black Stallion's Ghost, 1969
   The Black Stallion and the Girl, 1971
   The Black Stallion Legend, 1983
   Young Black Stallion, 1989 (with Steven Farley) 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Happy Hollisters 1953 to 1970 by Jerry West

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The Happy Hollisters is a series of books that is aimed at younger children.  The series was published by Garden City and Doubleday from 1953 to 1970.  The series was written by Andrew E. Svenson under the pseudonym of Jerry West.

List of Titles:

  1. The Happy Hollisters
  2. The Happy Hollisters on a River Trip
  3. The Happy Hollisters at Sea Gull Beach
  4. The Happy Hollisters and the Indian Treasure
  5. The Happy Hollisters at Mystery Mountain
  6. The Happy Hollisters at Snowflake camp
  7. The Happy Hollisters and the Trading Post Mystery
  8. The Happy Hollisters at Circus Island
  9. The Happy Hollisters and the Secret Fort
10. The Happy Hollisters at Pony Hill Farm
11. The Happy Hollisters and the Merry-Go-Round Mystery
12. The Happy Hollisters and the Old Clipper Ship
13. The Happy Hollisters at Lizard Cove
14. The Happy Hollisters and the Scarecrow Mystery
15. The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Totem Faces
16. The Happy Hollisters and the Ice Carnival Mystery
17. The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery in Skyscraper City
18. The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Little Mermaid
19. The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery at Missile Town
20. The Happy Hollisters and the Cowboy Mystery
21. The Happy Hollisters and the Haunted House Mystery
22. The Happy Hollisters and the Secret of the Lucky Coins
23. The Happy Hollisters and the Castle Rock Mystery
24. The Happy Hollisters and the Cuckoo Clock Mystery
25. The Happy Hollisters and the Swiss Echo Mystery
26. The Happy Hollisters and the Sea Turtle Mystery
27. The Happy Hollisters and the Punch and Judy Mystery
28. The Happy Hollisters and the Whistle Pig Mystery
29. The Happy Hollisters and the Ghost Horse Mystery
30. The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Golden Witch
31. The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Mexican Idol
32. The Happy Hollisters and the Monster Mystery
33. The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Midnight Trolls

Availability

The books in this series are generally easy to find at a low cost.  The higher-numbered titles are somewhat more scarce.  The final volume, The Mystery of the Midnight Trolls, is much more scarce than the earlier titles. 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Kay Tracey #5 The Six Fingered Glove Mystery

In Kay Tracey #5, The Six Fingered Glove Mystery, Betty Worth is hit by a car, and the only clue is a six-fingered glove left behind at the scene.  Later, Kay learns that an actress, Beatrice Ball, was a passenger in the car.  Miss Ball had been abducted by the driver of the vehicle, who is presumably the man with six fingers.

Kay and her friends plan to spend Thanksgiving in the country with Kay's Aunt Jane.  Kay invites Miss Ball and her fiance to join them.  While at Aunt Jane's Kay learns that the owner of the six-fingered glove might be nearby.  Kay also stumbles upon railroad thieves and an abandoned movie set.

The story appears not to have been revised at all for the later Garden City and Books, Inc. editions.  Comparing both editions on various random pages shows the exact same text.

Kay's friends are quite upset by the six-fingered glove.  They look at it with horror and find it repulsive.  Those were certainly different times.  What's the big deal about someone having six fingers? 

Speaking of which, the title of this book bothers me so much.  I wish the title had been The Six-Fingered Glove Mystery, with a hyphen.  Argh!

This story is quite convoluted and strange.  One scene made me cringe.  The girls have just discovered that a ring belonging to the man with six fingers has disappeared.  Meanwhile, Clarence Minton is proposing marriage to Beatrice Ball in the living room.  Betty rushes in and cries out, "The ring has been stolen!"  Miss Ball misunderstands and faints, ruining the proposal of marriage.  Ugh.

Despite the bizarreness of the story, the book is good, and I enjoyed it.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Girls of Canby Hall Series by Emily Chase 1984 to 1989

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The Girls of Canby Hall series by Emily Chase was published by Scholastic from 1984 through 1989.  The series was a rival of the Sweet Valley High series, but did not have the staying power of the Sweet Valley High series.

The series features a group of roommates at Canby Hall and has the usual mixture of friendship problems and romance of the teenage fiction genre.

List of Titles:

  1. Roommates, 1984
  2. Our Roommate is Missing, 1984
  3. You're No Friend of Mine, 1984
  4. Keeping Secrets, 1984
  5. Summer Blues, 1984
  6. Best Friends Forever, 1984
  7. Four Is a Crowd, 1984
  8. The Big Crush, 1984
  9. Boy Trouble, 1984   
10. Make Me a Star, 1985
11. With Friends Like That, 1985  
12. Who's the New Girl?, 1985  
13. Here Come the Boys, 1985   
14. What's a Girl To Do?, 1985
15. To Tell the Truth, 1985
16. Three of a Kind, 1985   
17. Graduation Day, 1986  
18. Making Friends, 1986    
19. One Boy Too Many, 1986    
20. Friends Times Three, 1987
21. Party Time!, 1987   
22. Troublemaker, 1987  
23. But She's So Cute, 1987  
24. Princess Who?, 1987
25. The Ghost of Canby Hall, 1987
26. Help Wanted!, 1988
27. The Roommate and the Cowboy, 1988    
28. Happy Birthday, Jane, 1988   
29. A Roommate Returns, 1988  
30. Surprise!, 1988  
31. Here Comes the Bridesmaid, 1988   
32. Who's Got a Crush on Andy?, 1989
33. Six Roommates and a Baby, 1989

Canby Hall Super Editions:

Something Old, Something New, 1986
The Almost Summer Carnival, 1987 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Campfire Girls Series Books: List of Titles and Authors

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The purpose of this guide is to list the many different vintage series books that feature a group of Campfire Girls as the main characters.  This list is likely not complete, but it should cover a majority of the different series that are available. 

Banner Campfire Girls by Julianne Devries

1. Campfire Girls as Detectives, 1933
2. Campfire Girls at Holly House, 1933
3. Campfire Girls Flying Around the Globe, 1933
4. Campfire Girls on Caliban Island, 1933
5. Campfire Girls as Federal Investigators, 1935
6. Campfire Girls at the White House, 1935

Campfire Girls by Irene Elliott Benson

1. Campfire Girls Mountaineering, 1918
    (also published as Campfire Girls in the Alleghany Mountains, 1918)
2. Campfire Girls' Rural Retreat, 1918
    (also published as Campfire Girls in the Country, 1918)
3. Campfire Girls Trip up the River, 1918
    (also published as How Ethel Hollister Became a Campfire Girl, 1912)
4. Campfire Girls Outing, 1918
    (also published as Ethel Hollister's Second Summer as a Campfire Girl, 1913)
5. Campfire Girls on a Hike, 1918
6. Campfire Girls at Twin Lakes, 1918
7. Campfire Girls in the Forest, 1918
8. Campfire Girls' Lake Camp, 1918

Camp Fire Girls Stories by Amy E. Blanchard

1. The Camp Fire Girls of Brightwood, 1915
2. Fagots and Flames, 1916
3. In Camp with the Muskoday Camp Fire Girls, 1917

Camp Fire Girls Series by Hildegarde Frey

  1. The Camp Fire Girls in the Maine Woods, 1916
  2. The Camp Fire Girls at School, 1916
  3. The Camp Fire Girls at Onoway House, 1916
  4. The Camp Fire Girls Go Motoring, 1916
  5. The Camp Fire Girls' Larks and Pranks, 1918
  6. The Camp Fire Girls on Ellen's Isle, 1918
  7. The Camp Fire Girls on the Open Road, 1918
  8. The Camp Fire Girls Do Their Bit, 1919
  9. The Camp Fire Girls Solve a Mystery, 1919
10. The Camp Fire Girls at Camp Keewaydin, 1920

Campfire Girls by Isabel Hornibrook

1. Girls of the Morning Glory Camp Fire, 1916
2. Campfire Girls and Mt. Greylock, 1917
3. Campfire Girls in War and Peace, 1919

Campfire Girls Series by Margaret Penrose

These books are retitled reprints of the Radio Girls Series.

1. The Campfire Girls of Roselawn, 1930
2. The Campfire Girls on the Program, 1930
3. The Campfire Girls on Station Island, 1930
4. The Campfire Girls at Forest Lodge, 1930

Campfire Girls by Harriet Rietz (#1-2) and Samuel Edward Lowe (#3-7)

1. The Campfire Girls and Aunt Madge, 1919
2. The Campfire Girls' Week End Party
3. The Campfire Girls' Success
4. The Campfire Girls in High School
5. The Campfire Girls' Duty Call
6. The Campfire Girls at Work, 1920
7. The Campfire Girls' Red Cross Work

Camp Fire Girls by Margaret Love

1. The Camp Fire Girls at Hillside, 1913
2. The Camp Fire Girls at Pine-Tree Camp, 1914
3. The Camp Fire Girls at Top O' World, 1916
4. The Camp Fire at Lookout Pass, 1917
5. The Camp Fire Girls at Driftwood, 1918
6. The Camp Fire Girls in Old Kentucky, 1919
7. The Camp Fire Girls on a Yacht, 1920
8. The Camp Fire Girls on Hurricane Island, 1921

Camp Fire Girls Series by Jane L. Stewart

1. The Camp Fire Girls in the Woods, 1914
    (also published as A Campfire Girl's First Council Fire)
2. The Camp Fire Girls on the Farm, 1914
    (also published as A Campfire Girl's Chum)
3. The Camp Fire Girls at Long Lake, 1914
    (also published as A Campfire Girl in Summer Camp)
4. The Camp Fire Girls in the Mountains, 1914
    (also published as A Campfire Girl's Adventure)
5. The Camp Fire Girls on the March, 1914
    (also published as A Campfire Girl's Test of Friendship)
6. The Camp Fire Girls at the Seashore, 1914
    (also published as A Campfire Girl's Happiness) 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Vintage Picture Books Featuring Cats and Kittens

I have always been attracted to books about cats and kittens, although I never actively collected them.  In early June 2016, I saw an eBay listing for White Princess by Elva Dittman.  The book was showing in one of my saved searches, which was for "Cupples and Leon."  Cupples and Leon published the book in 1945.  I thought the book was adorable, so I found a copy with a nicer dust jacket on AbeBooks and purchased it.

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I wanted to find more books like it, but I was at a loss as to how to proceed.  I tried some searches using "cat" and "kitten" but did not find anything.  Rather, I did not find anything that appealed to me; I did not want books with cartoonish pictures.  I forgot about trying to find more of these books for quite some time.

In late 2017, I decided to try again.  I found The Antique Cat by Bianca Bradbury.  It was published in 1945 and is about a scruffy alley cat who finds a home in an antique shop.



This next book is one that I purchased eight years ago in a thrift store.  One Kitten Too Many by Bianca Bradbury and Marie C. Nichols.was published in 1952.



Cats and More Cats by Diana Thorne and Connie Moran was published in 1945.



I then stumbled upon the books of Clare Turlay Newberry.  Newberry specialized in drawing cats, and her books are currently available in reprints.  I decided that I wanted vintage copies with dust jackets, which is not an easy task.  Most old picture books lost their jackets soon after falling into the hands of young children.

In Drawing a Cat from 1940, Clare Turlay Newberry explains her technique.




Percy, Polly, and Pete was published in 1952.



Babette was published in 1937.



Mittens was published in 1936.



Smudge was published in 1948.



Ice Cream for Two was published in 1953.



April's Kittens was published in 1940.  I opted for an FLB library edition, which has an illustration that appeals to me more than the dust jacket art of the original edition.  I love library editions, so this book is perfect for me.



Pandora was published in 1944.  The second photo seen below shows one of my favorite passages from the book.  Cat owners are used to that kind of behavior.



The Kittens' ABC was published in 1946.



All of these books are delightful, and I love them.  

Monday, April 16, 2018

Kay Tracey Series - Titles and Collecting Formats

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The Kay Tracey series was published by the Cupples and Leon Company during the 1930s and 1940s.  From the 1950s through the early 1980s, the series was published by several different companies.  The series was written by four different authors who all shared the pseudonym of Frances K. Judd.  Most of the volumes, #3 through #12 as well as #14, were written by Mildred Wirt Benson.  #1 and #2 were written by Elizabeth M. Duffield Ward; #13 was written by Edna M. Stratemeyer Squier; and #15 through #18 were written by Anna Perot Rose Wright.

List of Titles in the Kay Tracey Series:

  1. The Secret of the Red Scarf, 1934
  2. The Strange Echo, 1934
  3. The Mystery of the Swaying Curtains, 1935
  4. The Shadow on the Door, 1935
  5. The Six-Fingered Glove Mystery, 1936
  6. The Green Cameo Mystery, 1936
  7. The Secret at the Windmill, 1937
  8. Beneath the Crimson Briar Bush, 1937
  9. The Message in the Sand Dunes, 1938
10. The Murmuring Portrait, 1938
11. When the Key Turned, 1939
12. In the Sunken Garden, 1939
13. The Forbidden Tower, 1940
14. The Sacred Feather, 1940
15. The Lone Footprint, 1941
16. The Double Disguise, 1941
17. The Mansion of Secrets, 1942
18. The Mysterious Neighbors, 1942

Formats:

The printing history and format changes for the Kay Tracey series are rather odd and a bit difficult to explain.  Here goes:

The books printed from 1934 until the early 1940s are thick yellow books with good quality paper and a glossy frontispiece illustration.  The dust jackets each had a question mark on the spine.  At least volumes 1 through 16 were printed in the thick format.  All 18 volumes were printed with the question mark dust jacket.  Later printings of the books with the question mark dust jackets are less thick and have poor quality paper.

During the mid-1940s, the dust jackets were changed to a solid color spine with a spine symbol in the middle of the spine, indicating some part of the mystery.  Each volume had the dust jacket printed in one of three colors:  yellow, blue, or red.  The dust jacket for each volume was printed only with the spine color designated for that volume, either yellow, blue, or red.  There seems to be no pattern for which color was selected for each volume; it appears to be random.  These books all have poor quality paper and plain frontispiece illustrations.  This style of dust jacket is more difficult to find than the question mark dust jackets.

After Cupples and Leon stopped printing the series, The Mystery of the Swaying Curtains, The Shadow on the Door, and The Forbidden Tower each went out of print permanently.

During the 1950s, 15 of the books (all except the three mentioned directly above) were reprinted by Garden City Books and Books, Inc.  Both sets have the same wraparound dust jackets.  The Garden City books were printed first and are shorter than the Books, Inc. books.

During the 1960s and 1970s, all 15 books were reprinted by Books, Inc. in a set of paperbacks and a set of picture covers that have the exact same cover art as the Garden City and Books, Inc. hardcover dust-jacketed sets.  This means that four different sets of Kay Tracey books have the same cover art.  The volume numbers were changed for these sets, so most of the volumes have different volume numbers than when printed by Cupples and Leon.

During the 1960s, 8 titles were reprinted by Berkley in paperback with new cover art and with the volumes in yet another different order.

The volumes printed in this set are Sacred Feather, Mansion of Secrets, Six Fingered Glove, Mysterious Neighbors, Green Cameo, Double Disguise, Strange Echo, and Sand Dunes.

During the late 1970s, a set of 6 books were reprinted with cover art that very closely resembles the Garden City and Books, Inc. cover art, but is actually new cover art redrawn to mimic the older cover art.

This set includes Mansion of Secrets, Six Fingered Glove, Double Disguise, Sunken Garden, Green Cameo, and Sand Dunes.

In 1980, a set of 6 paperbacks were printed by Bantam, also with new cover art.  

This set includes Double Disguise, Sunken Garden, Six Fingered Glove, Mansion of Secrets, Green Cameo, and Sand Dunes.  

Texts:

For the most part, the texts remained unchanged when reprinted by each publisher.  The only three books that actually have significantly revised texts are Red Scarf, Green Cameo, and Strange Echo.  The Garden City and Books, Inc. texts of these three books are around 75% different from the original Cupples and Leon texts.  The remaining 12 texts that were reprinted by other publishers are either identical or nearly identical to the Cupples and Leon texts.  The only changes are a few stray words or passages, or possibly a character's name.   

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Betty Gordon Series by Alice B. Emerson 1920-1932

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The Betty Gordon Series was published by Cupples and Leon from 1920 through 1932.  The series was written by several different people under the pseudonym of Alice B. Emerson, a pseudonym that was also used for the Ruth Fielding series.

List of Titles

  1. Betty Gordon at Bramble Farm, 1920
  2. Betty Gordon in Washington, 1920
  3. Betty Gordon in the Land of Oil, 1920
  4. Betty Gordon at Boarding School, 1921
  5. Betty Gordon at Mountain Camp, 1922
  6. Betty Gordon at Ocean Park, 1923
  7. Betty Gordon and Her School Chums, 1924
  8. Betty Gordon at Rainbow Ranch, 1925
  9. Betty Gordon in Mexican Wilds, 1926
10. Betty Gordon and the Lost Pearls, 1927
11. Betty Gordon on the Campus, 1928
12. Betty Gordon and the Hale Twins, 1929
13. Betty Gordon at Mystery Farm, 1930
14. Betty Gordon on No-Trail Island, 1931
15. Betty Gordon and the Mystery Girl, 1932 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Peggy Lane Theater Stories series by Virginia Hughes

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The Peggy Lane Theater Stories series was published by Grosset and Dunlap from 1962 through 1965.  The series was written by several authors under the pseudonym of Virginia Hughes.  There are eight titles in the series, all of which were printed in picture cover with the picture printed directly on the cover of the book.  The spine and back cover of each book is bright pink; however, some books have a slightly lighter pink color.  

All eight books are harder to find than more popular offerings by Grosset and Dunlap.  The first four titles are the easiest to find and seem to be about equally common.  Volumes 5 through 8 are more difficult to acquire, with volumes 7 and 8 the most scarce.

Prices are usually quite low for the earlier volumes in the series.  The final two volumes are worth quite a bit more, but low demand still keeps the price much lower than scarce titles in other series.  Keep in mind that prices are always changing, but volumes 7 and 8 should be worth a minimum of $25-35.  Volumes 7 and 8 have sometimes sold for higher prices when several buyers are interested at the same time.

List of Titles

  1. Peggy Finds the Theater, 1962
  2. Peggy Plays Off-Broadway, 1962
  3. Peggy Goes Straw Hat, 1963
  4. Peggy on the Road, 1963
  5. Peggy Goes Hollywood, 1964
  6. Peggy's London Debut, 1964
  7. Peggy Plays Paris, 1965
  8. Peggy's Roman Holiday, 1965

Summary

The series centers around Peggy Lane, who is a teenage girl attempting to break into the world of theater in New York City.  Peggy faces several difficulties, but ultimately succeeds.  In true series book style, Peggy's struggles are less than what an actress might expect in the real world and Peggy's success comes sooner than one would expect.  

While the books primarily focus on Peggy's acting career, each book includes either a conflict between characters or a minor mystery.  The books have just a hint of romance since Peggy has several admirers.  This series is an excellent series, in particular the first few books which are extremely well-written and richly descriptive.

This information is a variation of what I have on my series book website.  My website does include more information that what is presented here.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Kay Tracey #4 The Shadow on the Door

In Kay Tracey #4, The Shadow on the Door, Kay investigates Peter Stannovi, whom she suspects is defrauding wealthy Mrs. Van Hutton.  Stannovi is also engaged to Mrs. Van Hutton's secretary, Ellen Tremont, and Kay wishes to keep Ellen from getting hurt.  Kay and Wilma enter a magazine contest, and Ellen's sister helps judge the entries.  Kay and her friends also keep seeing strange shadows in various locations, and these shadows could hold the key to the mystery.

The shadow part of the mystery is quite lame and bizarre, and I suspect that this is why the book was one of the three Kay Tracey books that went out of print after Cupples and Leon quit publishing the series.

Kay gives a great summary of this mystery on page 7.  "Lovely American girl working as secretary to a wealthy woman, who makes speeches about the conditions of the poor.  Said woman also gives talks about child welfare, but neglects the little boy entrusted to her care.  Moreover, she has some kind of secret dealing with a foreigner whom she pretends not to know, and yet who is engaged to her own secretary!  There's a mystery, if there ever was one!"

Kay finds a checkbook with large amounts drawn to charities that seem fake.  Kay discovers that Mrs. Van Hutton is the owner, which is quite a coincidence and gives Kay a clue to the mystery.  After Kay finds the checkbook, I suddenly realized that this story is similar to the Nancy Drew book, Nancy's Mysterious Letter.  That story also involves a man taking donations under false pretenses, and a woman must be saved from marrying him.  This story also contains a football scene, and so does Nancy's Mysterious Letter.

Kay has never been interested in acting.  When the lead actress for a play is injured, Kay is immediately able to step in and do such a good job that she is asked to take on the role permanently.  Wow.  This is very similar to Nancy Drew in The Clue of the Dancing Puppet.  Kay has a lot in common with the revised text Nancy.

Mr. Hammond calls the police to tell them about the case.  When the police arrive, Mr. Hammond has Kay explain her suspicions to the police.  The police are very impressed.  This is more shades of Nancy Drew.

Kay also has Nancy Drew's ability to avoid serious injury.  Kay is swinging on a trapeze when it fails, so Kay hurls herself through the air to a mat, where she tucks herself into a roll.  Kay is uninjured.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  The shadow part is odd and unnecessary, but otherwise, the book is excellent.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Melody Lane Series and Other Books by Lilian Garis

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Lilian Garis was the wife of prolific series book writer Howard Garis.  Lilian Garis also wrote many series books both under a variety of pseudonyms and under her own name.  The purpose of this guide is to list the many series books that Lilian Garis wrote under her own name.

Girl Scout Series

1. The Girl Scout Pioneers; or Winning the First B. C., 1920
2. The Girl Scouts at Bellaire; or Maid Mary's Awakening, 1920
3. The Girl Scouts at Sea Crest; or the Wig Wag Rescue, 1920
4. The Girls Scouts at Camp Comalong; or Peg of Tamarack Hills, 1921
5. The Girl Scouts at Rocky Ledge; or Nora's Real Vacation, 1922

Let's Make Believe and Play

1. Let's Make Believe We're Keeping House, 1918
2. Let's Play Circus, 1918
3. Let's Make Believe We're Soldiers, 1918

Lilian Garis Books for Girls

  1. Gloria: A Girl and Her Dad, 1923
  2. Gloria at Boarding School, 1923
  3. Joan: Just Girl, 1924
  4. Joan's Garden of Adventure, 1924
  5. Connie Loring's Ambition, 1925
  6. Connie Loring's Dilemma, 1925
  7. Barbara Hale: A Doctor's Daughter, 1926
  8. Barbara Hale and Cozette, 1926
  9. Cleo's Misty Rainbow, 1927
10. Cleo's Conquest, 1927
11. Nancy Brandon, 1924
12. Nancy Brandon's Mystery, 1924
13. A Girl Called Ted, 1929
14. Ted and Tony: Two Girls of Today, 1929
15. Sally for Short, 1930
16. Sally Found Out, 1930
17. Judy Jordan, 1931
18. Judy Jordan's Discovery, 1931

The Melody Lane Series

  1. The Ghost of Melody Lane, 1933
  2. The Forbidden Trail, 1933
  3. The Tower Secret, 1933
  4. The Wild Warning, 1934
  5. Terror at Moaning Cliff, 1935
  6. The Dragon of the Hills, 1936
  7. The Mystery of Stingyman's Alley, 1938
  8. The Secret of the Kashmir Shawl, 1939
  9. The Hermit of Proud Hill, 1940 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Cupples and Leon Mystery Stories for Girls Series

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The Cupples and Leon Mystery Stories for Girls series was published by Cupples and Leon during the 1930s.  This series brought together various unconnected stand-alone novels into one set of books.  The books were written by Mildred A. Wirt, Pemberton Ginther, Frances Y. Young, Izola L. Forrester, Alice Anson, and Anna Andrews Barris.

These books are of interest to series book collectors in part because two of the books were written by Mildred Wirt, who is best known as the author of the early Nancy Drew books.  The other books are of interest since they are part of the same set as the two Wirt books.  

List of Titles:

  1. The Jade Necklace,  Pemberton Ginther,  1932
  2. The Thirteenth Spoon,  Pemberton Ginther,  1932
  3. The Secret Stair,  Pemberton Ginther,  1932
  4. The Door in the Mountain,  Izola L. Forrester,  1932
  5. Secret of the Dark House,  Frances Y. Young,  1934
  6. The Twin Ring Mystery,  Mildred A. Wirt,  1935
  7. The Dormitory Mystery,  Alice Anson,  1937
  8. Mystery of the Laughing Mask,  Mildred A. Wirt,  1940
  9. Escape by Night,  Alice Anson,  1941
10. Mystery of the Jade Idol,  Anna Andrews Barris,  1943

Availability:

All of these books are somewhat scarce either with or without the original dust jacket, but some of the books are much more scarce than the others.  Two of the more scarce titles are Escape by Night and Mystery of the Jade Idol.

All of the books are very difficult to find with intact dust jackets.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Books of Ruby Lorraine Radford

Last year, I became interested in the books of Ruby Lorraine Radford.  I purchased the following books to read.

The Mystery of the White Knight, 1927
The Mystery of Adventure Island, 1928
The Mystery of the Bradley Pearls, 1930
The Mystery of the Nancy Lee, 1932
The Mystery of Myrtle Grove, 1933
The Mystery of Pelican Cove, 1934
The Mystery of Magnolia Beach, 1942
Secret of Ocean House, 1961
The Secret of Peach Orchard Plantation, 1963

These books are not Radford's only books.  Some of Radford's books are nearly impossible to find, and others, like biographies, are outside of my area of interest.  Partial lists of Radford's books can be found on sites like Goodreads.  I don't know of any site that actually lists all of her books in the same place.

Ruby Radford was born in 1891 and died in Augusta, Georgia, in 1971.  More information can be found here.

Radford's books are set in the south, usually in South Carolina, Georgia, or Florida.  Radford's early books make heavy use of the n-word.  Her books from the 1960s do not use that word, as best I can recall.  Radford's books are a window into southern life of the first part of the 20th century.

The first Radford book that I read was The Mystery of Pelican Cove.  In this book, the children have to go away from home because their sister has scarlet fever.  Since the children are not permitted to go home, they go to their deceased uncle's isolated home where rumors abound that something valuable is hidden there. The young people bring a negro cook.  Meanwhile, a Chinese man who was a former servant to their uncle forces his company on them. Another Chinese man skulks about near the house.  The young people worry that someone else will find the hidden treasure.

This book uses the n-word, and the Chinese are referred to by a racial slur.

The story is excellent, just like series books of the 1930s, and is my very favorite Radford book of the ones I read.  The book classifies as a girls' series book, since the story is told from the girls' point of view primarily.

I did not make any notes about most of the other Radford books when I read them, so I can only write about my general feelings, as best I can remember them.

The Mystery of Myrtle Grove is about a family that is down on their luck.  I can't remember anything specific, but I recall the story as overall good.  I think it has some weak spots, but not so many as some of Radford's other books.

I struggled with The Mystery of Adventure Island.  The story takes place on an island that is said to be owned by a certain family, but then apparently others live on the island, so it isn't really all theirs.  The island is connected to the mainland somehow.  Many details that are important are not included, so I was confused the entire time I was reading the book.  For that reason, I don't have a good impression of the story, even though it is overall good.

In The Mystery of Magnolia Beach, Madge's family has acquired a sea island plantation.  Madge's mother is with her father, who is receiving treatment at the hospital.  Madge and her brothers run the plantation as they keep an eye on strange activities.

As I recall, this book also confused me at times, but I enjoyed the book more than The Mystery of Adventure Island.  I found this book to be overall very good.

The Mystery of the Nancy Lee bored me.  I could never get into it.

Secret of Ocean House and The Secret of Peach Orchard Plantation are later books by Radford.  These books are good, but Radford's earlier books are more interesting to me.

I read The Mystery of the White Knight recently, so I can remember details.  The young people stay at a family member's plantation.  The negroes have fled the plantation, because they believe it is haunted.  The young people look for clues that will prove that the ghostly figure is actually a real person.

This book is full of negative racial stereotypes and uses the n-word heavily.

I had trouble getting into this book, because the author rapidly throws out names on the very first page of the story.  I was sorely tempted to put it away based on the first page.  I persevered and read the story.  I did struggle with visualizing the plantation and surrounding area, which is often a problem in Radford's books.  Aside from that struggle, this is an enjoyable book.

I thought that I was done with my Radford books, then I found another that I forgot I had purchased.

In The Mystery of the Bradley Pearls, Ann learns that she has inherited the old Bradley home.  Ann, two friends, and her stepbrothers travel to the home to see if it can be sold.  The house is rumored to have a hex on it, so nobody will purchase it.  Ann would love to have her family live in the house, but the taxes will be due soon, and she cannot pay them.  The Bradley pearls are missing and were supposedly hidden on the property.  The young people try to find the pearls so that they can save the property.

I was bewildered about the young people considering certain names used by the negroes to be funny.  A negro boy is named Nick, so the young people laugh at his name, thinking he was named after "Old Nick," the devil.  I looked up the popularity of the name, and plenty of people were named Nick in the 1920s and 1930s.  I see nothing amusing about the name.

A young negro girl is named Angeline, which is a very nice name in my opinion.  The protagonists think it absolutely hilarious that the girl is named Angeline.  The name was not very popular in the 1920s and 1930s but is much more popular today.  Even so, I don't see what is so funny about the name. 

Angeline has her hair braided around her head, and sometimes the braids come loose, so the children refer to the braids as "pigtails."  Partway through the story, the children begin calling the girl "Piggle" instead of Angeline and call her that for the rest of the story.  The girl has a nice name, but they poke fun at it and give her an ugly name.  How racist and demeaning.

The Mystery of the Bradley Pearls is a bit slow at times, but it is a very good to excellent story, despite the strong racism.  I consider it about equal to The Mystery of Pelican Cove as one of the two best Radford books.

In conclusion, Ruby Lorraine Radford wrote some very good stories.  However, her books do have weaknesses.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Sara Gay Model Girl Series by Janey Scott

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The Sara Gay Model Girl Series was published exclusively in the United Kingdom by World Distributors during the 1960s.  The books were written by Janey Scott. 

The Sally Baxter Girl Reporter, Shirley Flight Air Hostess, and Kit Hunter Show Jumper series were also published by World Distributors in the United Kingdom.

List of Titles:

  1. Sara Gay, Model Girl
  2. Sara Gay, Model Girl in Monte Carlo
  3. Sara Gay, Model Girl in New York
  4. Sara Gay, Model Girl in Mayfair

The books do not have a year of publication on the copyright page, so it is impossible to determine exactly when these books were published.

Availability

Since this series was published in the United Kingdom, nearly all books that come up for sale originate in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.  It appears that all of the titles went through about the same number of printings and that multiple titles were issued simultaneously.  It is generally no more difficult to acquire the last titles in the series as it is the earlier titles.

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Red Cross Girls Series Books - Titles and Authors

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The purpose of this guide is to list the different vintage series books that feature characters who join the Red Cross.  All of these books were published during or right after World War I when patriotism ran high.

There is just one series that is completely centered around the Red Cross:

The Red Cross Girls by Margaret Vandercook

  1. The Red Cross Girls in the British Trenches, 1916
  2. The Red Cross Girls on the French Firing Line, 1916
  3. The Red Cross Girls in Belgium, 1916
  4. The Red Cross Girls with the Russian Army, 1916
  5. The Red Cross Girls with the Italian Army, 1917
  6. The Red Cross Girls Under the Stars and Stripes, 1917
  7. The Red Cross Girls Afloat with the Flag, 1918
  8. The Red Cross Girls with Pershing to Victory, 1919
  9. The Red Cross Girls with the U. S. Marines, 1919
10. The Red Cross Girls in the National Capitol, 1920

Miscellaneous Books

The following books are single volumes in series in which the main character joins the Red Cross temporarily in order to "do her bit" during the war effort.

Aunt Jane's Nieces Series: #11 Aunt Jane's Nieces in the Red Cross, by Edith Van Dyne, 1915
Betty Books Series: #6 Betty and the Red Cross, by Alice Hale Burnett, 1919
Campfire Girls Series: #7 The Campfire Girls' Red Cross Work, by Helen Hart
Girls of Central High: #7 The Girls of Central High Aiding the Red Cross, by Gertrude Morrison, 1921
Grace Harlowe's Overseas Series: #2 Grace Harlowe with the Red Cross in France, by Jessie Graham Flower, 1920
Mary Lee Series: #2 Mary Lee, the Red Cross Girl, by Helen Hart, 1917
Ruth Fielding Series: #13 Ruth Fielding in the Red Cross, or Doing Her Bit for Uncle Sam, 1918
Ruth Fielding Series: #15 Ruth Fielding Homeward Bound, or a Red Cross Worker's Ocean Perils, 1919 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Perry Pierce Mystery Stories for Boys Clinton W. Locke

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The Perry Pierce Mystery Stories for Boys Series is a four volume series from the 1930s.  The books were written by Leslie McFarlane and Walter Karig under the pseudonym of Clinton W. Locke.  McFarlane wrote volume 1, and Karig wrote the remaining three volumes.  McFarlane is best known as the writer of the early Hardy Boys books, and Karig is best known as the writer of three of the early Nancy Drew books.

List of Titles:

1.  Who Closed the Door, 1931
2.  Who Opened the Safe, 1931
3.  Who Hid the Key, 1932
4.  Who Took the Papers, 1934

Formats:

The first three books were originally published by Altemus in hardcover with dust jacket.  These three books were also later reprinted by Donohue and Goldsmith.  Volume 4 was originally published by Donohue and was later reprinted by Goldsmith.

The Altemus and Donohue editions have good quality paper, decorated endpapers, a glossy frontispiece illustration, and three glossy internal illustrations.  The Goldsmith books have poor quality paper that has usually turned brown, plain endpapers, and no illustrations.

Prices:

The Altemus editions are the most scarce and sell for the highest prices.  The Donohue editions are also quite desirable since they also have the four glossy illustrations.  The Goldsmith books usually sell for low prices.

I am not listing specific prices since prices are constantly changing based on supply and demand.  If I were to give prices, they would soon be outdated and meaningless.  Just keep in mind that the Altemus books are worth the most, followed by the Donohue books, and then the Goldsmith books.

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