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Boys' Favourite Monthly

Issues & Index Sources:  1865

Boys' First-Rate Pocket Library

Total Issues: 472

The first novella was entitled "Those Troublesome Brothers" (1890). Published in full-colour pictorial wrappers.

Issues & Index Sources:  1890 – 21-Oct-1905: FictionMags Index (incomplete)
Publishers:   Aldine Publishing Co., London
Prices:   1d
Pagecounts:   32pp
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Boys' Football Favourite

Total Issues: 4

Numbering may continue from Football & Sports Library (see Football Favourite).

Issues & Index Sources

  6-Apr-1929 – 27-Apr-1929

#becomes Boys' Favourite

Publishers

  Amalgamated Press

Boy's Friend [1864]

Total Issues: 38

Issues & Index Sources:  7-Jun-1864 – 7-Aug-1867
Publishers:   Henry Lea; Houlston & Wright from-Apr-1865; H.G. Clarke from 1865?
Prices:   3d
Frequency:   monthly

The Boys' Friend [1895]

Total Issues: 332+1385=1717

Popular boys story paper which ran many adventure stories and serials including Nelson Lee, Sexton Blake, Ferrers Lord. Authors include Sidney Drew, Maxwell Scott, S. Clarke Hook, T.C. Bridges, John Tregellis, Reginald Wray, Murray Graydon, John Hunter. Noted for many imaginative sf/lost world/invasion stories. Companions were Boys' Herald and Boys' Realm.

Incorporated: Dreadnought from 19-Jun-1915; The Penny Popular

Issues & Index Sources

  29-Jan-1895 – 8-Jun-1901
  15-Jun-1901 – 31-Dec-1927

#merges with The Triumph

Publishers

  Harmsworth; Amalgamated Press

Editors

  1901 – 1912: Hamilton Edwards [latterly editor-in-chief]
  c. 1910: Arthur Marshall
  c. 1912: Lewis Carlton
  1913: Hugh Tuite
  c. 1914: Arnold Panting
  1915 – 1916: Herbert A. Hinton
  1919 – 1921: Herbert A. Hinton
  1916 – 1919: Reginald T. Eves
  1921 – 1922?: W.R. Home-Gall
  ? – 1925: C.M. Down
  1925 – 1927: William Pike

Formats

  1895 – 1914: tabloid
  1914 – 1927: smaller size

Prices

  ½d (Jan-1895 - 8-Jun-1901); 1d (15-Jun-1901 - Oct-1922); 2d (Nov-1922 - Dec-1927)

Pagecounts

  16pp
  12pp
  Jan-1918 – Jun-1919: 8pp
  Jun-1919 – Oct-1922: 12pp
  Nov-1922 – Dec-1927: enlarged

Frequency

  weekly (every Wednesday)

Boys' Friend Library

Total Issues: 764

Mostly reprinted (often revised) serials from various Amalgamated story papers but also contained occasional 80,000 word original novels.

Further Reading: Origins of the Boys' Friend Library by W.O.G. Lofts & Derek Adley (Privately published, 1987).

Entitled Jack, Sam and Pete Library, 1-2; Boys' Friend Library, 3-764.

Issues & Index Sources

  Sep-1906 – 4-May-1925

#becomes Boys' Friend Library (New Series)

Publishers

  Amalgamated Press

Editors

  1906 – 1922: William H. Back
  1922 – 1925: John L. Garbutt
  c. 1915: William Gibbons (assistant editor)
  ?: Balfour Ritchie

Prices

  3d; 4d from 409

Pagecounts

  148pp

Frequency

  2 per month; 3 per month 27-38; 4 per month 39-54; 2 per month 55-66; 3 per month 67-348; 4 per month 349-420; 2 per month 421-430; 3 per month 431-445; 4 per month 446-569; 5 per month 570-644; 4 per month 645-764 (1st of month; 1st Friday of month)

Related Sites

  Science Fiction Encyclopedia

Boys' Friend Library (New Series)

Total Issues: 724

Entitled Boys' Friend Library, 1-700; then alternates between Bullseye Library, 701 (and all odd numbers to 723) and Knockout Library, 702 (and all even numbers to 724).

Issues & Index Sources

  Jun-1925 – Jun-1940

Publishers

  Amalgamated Press

Editors

  1925 – ?: John L. Garbutt
  ? – 1940: Percy A. Clarke

Prices

  4d

Pagecounts

  64pp; 96pp from 325

Frequency

  4 per month
   
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Boys' Fun

Total Issues: 25

Issues & Index Sources:  Nov-1952 – Dec-1954: FictionMags Index
Publishers:   Gerald G. Swan
Pagecounts:   36pp
Frequency:   monthly

Boys' Graphic [1890]

Total Issues: 52+?=52+

Incorporates: Boyhood

Issues & Index Sources

  8-Mar-1890 – ?

Publishers

  8-Mar-1890 – 28-Feb-1891: Popular Publishing Co. (Guy Rayner)
  7-Mar-1891 – ?: Hope Publishing Co.

Pagecounts

  16pp

Frequency

  weekly; monthly

Boys' Graphic [1902]

Total Issues: 10

Issues & Index Sources:  11-Oct-1902 – 13-Dec-1902
Publishers:   Charles Strong
Frequency:   weekly

Boys' Guide Philosopher and Friend

Total Issues: 19

Issues & Index Sources:  27-Oct-1888 – 2-Mar-1889
Publishers:   E.J. Brett
Frequency:   weekly

Boys' Half Holiday

Total Issues: 12

Reprints stories from The Boys' Standard. A supplement edition was given away with Boys' Leisure Hour.

Issues & Index Sources

  30-Apr-1887 – 17-Jul-1887

#merges with The Boys' Leisure Hour

Publishers

  Charles Fox, London

Frequency

  weekly

Boy's Halfpenny Journal of Miscellaneous and Entertaining Literature

see under The Halfpenny Journal

Boys' Halfpenny Paper

Issues & Index Sources:  30-Jul-1864 – ?
Publishers:   Maddick

Boys' Halfpenny Weekly Budget

Issues & Index Sources:  1870 – ?
Frequency:   weekly

Boys' Hearts Delight Library

Total Issues: 2?

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1890s
Publishers:   Aldine Publishing Co.

Boys' Herald [1866]

Total Issues: 12

Issues & Index Sources

  6-Jan-1866 – 24-Mar-1866

#incorporated into Boys' Own Reader and Companion

Publishers

  Jenkins

Pagecounts

  16pp

Frequency

  weekly


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