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The Boy's Own Paper

Total Issues: 1767+744=2511

A morally uplifting boys' story paper concentrating on adventure, sport and public school life, it remains a byword to this day and ranks (along with Punch, The Strand Magazine and very little else) as one of the great British institutions of periodical publishing. Authors include W.H.G. Kingston, R.M. Ballantyne, Jules Verne, Talbot Baines Reed, Gordon Stables, G.A. Henty, etc, etc.

Serials indexed in "Through the Years with the B.O.P." by Brian Doyle (Collector's Digest Annual, 1962). Further Reading: Take a Cold Tub, Sir!: The Story of the Boy's Own Paper by Jack Cox (Guildford, Surrey, Lutterworth Press, 1982), not an index but a history.

Weekly issues were bound as monthly issues, and the monthly issues were bound as annuals. There are 63 Annuals from 1879-1941.

Incorporates: Every Boy's Magazine from 8-Sep-1888; Boys from 20-Oct-1894; Every Boys' Monthly.

Issues & Index Sources

  18-Jan-1879 – 28-Sep-1911: FictionMags Index (incomplete)
  5-Oct-1911 – Feb-1967: FictionMags Index (incomplete)

Publishers

  1879 – 1939: The Religious Tract Society
  1939 – 1963: Lutterworth Press
  1963 – 1965?: Purnell & Sons Ltd.
  1965? – ?: BPC Publishing Ltd.

Editors

  1879 – 1897: James Macaulay (Supervising Editor)
  1879 – 1912: George A. Hutchison (Sub-editor/Acting-editor, subsequently Editor)
  1912 – 1913: George Andrew Hutchison (Consulting Editor)
  1912 – 1924: Arthur Lincoln Haydon
  1924 – 1933: Geoffrey Richard Pocklington
  1933 – 1935: George J.H. Northcroft
  1935 – 1942: Robert Harding
  1942 – 1946: Leonard Halls
  1946 – 1967: Jack Cox

Formats

  1879 – Jul-1942: tabloid 8¼" x 11"
  Aug-1942 – ?: smaller format 5" x 7½"
  1949? – ?: larger format
  Sep-1963 – ?: still larger format 7½" x 8¾"

Prices

  initially: 1d
  c. 1902 – in 1939: 6d
  1942 – ?: 9d
  in 1950s: 1/-
  in 1965: 2/-

Frequency

  weekly
  Nov-1913 – Feb-1967: monthly

Sources

  The Age of the Storytellers
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Boys' Own Picture Gallery

Total Issues: 10

Believed by Lofts to be the largest boys' publication ever published. "This shortlived paper failed I think because of its promises and dreadful mistakes in printing. They gave away free sketches each week, and the main story featured "Fred Blake of the Queen's Lancers". In No.8 they announced that next week's tremendous story would be "Blake attacks the Spanish Armada", yet in No.9 the main story featured Sir Francis Drake attacking it. Also in No.9 it announced a tremendous free gift for next week, but in No.10 they announced that it was not ready yet, also that they were changing their publisher. No.11 never did appear." (W.O.G. Lofts)

Issues & Index Sources:  21-Sep-1872 – 23-Nov-1872
Publishers:   Frederick Farrah
Frequency:   weekly

Boys' Own Reader

see under Boys' Companion and British Traveller

The Boys' Own Story Teller

Total Issues: 9

Issues & Index Sources

  23-Dec-1875 – 17-Feb-1876

#superseded by Our Boys

Publishers

  Norman L. Munro

Formats

  octavo booklet

Pagecounts

  64pp

Frequency

  fortnightly, then weekly

Sources

  Dime Novel Bibliography

Boys' Own Times and News of the World

Total Issues: 12

Issues & Index Sources:  1-Jan-1859 – 1-Dec-1859
Publishers:   T. Nelson
Frequency:   monthly

Boys' Peep Show

Total Issues: 26

Issues & Index Sources

  25-Sep-1901 – 19-Mar-1902

#incorporated into Boys' Star

Publishers

  Charles Strong, 167 Strand, London W.C.

Prices

  1d

Frequency

  weekly (every Saturday)

Boys' Penny Magazine

Total Issues: 36

Annual volumes were bound as The Boys' Yearly Book.

Issues & Index Sources

  1-Jan-1863 – 1-Nov-1863
  1-Dec-1863 – 1-Dec-1866, as Boys' Monthly Magazine

Publishers

  Ward Lock

Editors

  John Tillotson

Prices

  started at 1d but rose to 2d in 1864

Frequency

  monthly

The Boys' Penny Monthly

Advertised in the final issue of Boys' Miscellany as "ready" although no known copies appear to exist.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jul-1864?
Publishers:   162 Fleet Street (Maddick)
Prices:   1d
Pagecounts:   32pp
Frequency:   Monthly

Boys' Penny Novelist

Issues & Index Sources:  1848 – ?

Boys' Pictorial

Total Issues: 24

Issues & Index Sources

  15-Oct-1921 – 25-Mar-1922

#becomes Sports Pictorial

Publishers

  Odhams Press

Formats

  tabloid

Pagecounts

  12pp

Frequency

  weekly

Boys' Pocket Library

Total Issues: 24

Issues & Index Sources:  Sep-1931 – Sep-1932
Publishers:   Aldine Publishing Co.
Pagecounts:   68pp
Frequency:   3 per month

Boys' Popular Weekly

Total Issues: 41

Issues & Index Sources

  21-Apr-1888 – 19-Jan-1889

#becomes Boys of the Isles

Publishers

  Popular Publishing Co. (Guy Rayner)

Frequency

  weekly

The Boys' Realm

Total Issues: 721+432+80+2=1235

Popular boys' story paper companion to The Boys' Friend and The Boys' Herald with many of the same authors. Had a companion Boys' Realm Football (and Sports) Library from 1909 - 1915 (299 issues).

Incorporates: Pluck from 25-Mar-1916 (Gifford)

Issues & Index Sources

  14-Jun-1902 – 25-Mar-1916
  5-Apr-1919 – 16-Jul-1927
  23-Jul-1927 – 26-Jan-1929, as Boys' Realm of Sport and Adventure
  2-Feb-1929 – 9-Feb-1929, as Boys' Realm of Fun and Fiction (became The Realm of Fun and Fiction)

#becomes Realm of Fun and Fiction

Publishers

  Harmsworth; Amalgamated Press

Editors

  1902 – 1912: Hamilton Edwards (Editor-in-Chief)
  1912 – 1916: William H. Back (Editor-in-Chief)
  c. 1902: Gilbert Floyd
  c. 1910 – 1911: Rex Haydon
  c. 1915: Thomas Burke
  1919 – 1922: John Nix Pentalow
  1922 – 1924: W. George Wright
  1922 – 1924: G. Cecil Graveley (assistant)
  ?: Stan Boddington (assistant)
  ?: R.C. Hewitt (assistant)
  ?: Maurice Nutbrown (assistant)
  1922 – 1923: Cecil Adamson (junior editor)

Formats

  tabloid

Pagecounts

  14-Jun-1902 – 25-Mar-1916: 16pp
  23-Jul-1927 – 9-Feb-1929: 28pp

Frequency

  weekly

Boys' Realm Football Library

Total Issues: 299

Announced in #299 that from the following week it would be replaced by the Nelson Lee Library. Entitled Boys' Realm Football Library, 1-79; Boys' Realm Sports Library, 80-131; Sports Library, 132-299. Incorporates: Empire Library

Issues & Index Sources

  18-Sep-1909 – 5-Jun-1915

#becomes Nelson Lee Library (Original Series)

Publishers

  Amalgamated Press, Fleetway House

Editors

  John Nix Pentalow

Prices

  1d/

Pagecounts

  20pp

Frequency

  weekly

Boys' Realm of Fun and Fiction

see under The Boys' Realm

Boys' Realm of Sport and Adventure

see under The Boys' Realm

Boys' Realm Sports Library

see under Boys' Realm Football Library

Boys' S.O.S. Library

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1940s
Publishers:   Thomas Publications
Pagecounts:   44pp

The Boys' Standard

Total Issues: 288+580=868

All stories anonymous; authors include E. Harcourt Burrage. Incorporates: Boys' Champion Journal

Issues & Index Sources

  6-Nov-1975 – 7-May-1881
  14-May-1881 – 18-Jun-1892

Publishers

  Lucas; Charles Fox

Editors

  Charles Fox

Formats

  large tabloid (folio)

Pagecounts

  16pp

Frequency

  weekly

Boys' Star

Total Issues: 24

Incorporates: Boys' Peep Show from 26-Mar-1902

Issues & Index Sources

  3-Feb-1902 – 15-Jul-1902

#becomes Boys' Star Library

Publishers

  Charles Strong, 167 Strand, London W.C.

Formats

  tabloid

Prices

  1d

Pagecounts

  16pp

Frequency

  weekly


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