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Boys' Friend Library

Total Issues: 764+724=1488

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).

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

Second series 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

  Sep-1906 – 4-May-1925
  Jun-1925 – Jun-1940

#becomes "boysfrndlib2"

Publishers

  Amalgamated Press

Editors

  1906 – 1922: William H. Back
  1922 – 1925: John L. Garbutt
  c. 1915: William Gibbons (assistant editor)
  ?: Balfour Ritchie
  1925 – ?: John L. Garbutt
  ? – 1940: Percy A. Clarke

Prices

  1st series: 3d; 4d from 409; 2nd series: 4d

Pagecounts

  1st series: 148pp; 2nd series: 64pp; 96pp from 325

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 & second series (1st of month; 1st Friday of month)

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Boys' Fun

Total Issues: 25

Issues & Index Sources:  Nov-1952 – Dec-1954: Story Paper Index (Missing: #9, #10, #11, #24)
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

The Boys' Herald [1877]

Total Issues: 100

Authors include Charles Stevens, Charles H. Ross, Percy B. St. John, Henry Baker and anonymous reprints by Errym.

Issues & Index Sources

  6-Jan-1877 – 30-Nov-1878

#incorporated into The Halfpenny Journal

Publishers

  John Dicks

Editors

  George Frederick Pardon

Formats

  tabloid (large quarto)

Prices

  1d

Pagecounts

  16pp

Frequency

  weekly

Boys' Herald [1903]

Total Issues: 461+69=530

Popular boys story paper companion to The Boys' Friend with many of the same authors.

Issues & Index Sources

  1-Aug-1903 – 3-Feb-1912:
  10-Feb-1912 – 18-May-1912, as The Herald
  25-May-1912 – 13-Sep-1913, as Cheer Boys Cheer: Story Paper Index (incomplete)

#superseded by The Boys' Journal

Publishers

  Amalgamated Press, Fleetway House (25-May-1912 - 13-Sep-1913)

Editors

  ?: Hamilton Edwards (Editor-in-Chief)
  1904 – 1907: Cecil H. Bullivant
  1911 – 1913: Horace Phillips
  25-May-1912 – 13-Sep-1913: R.T. Eves (Assistant Editor)

Formats

  tabloid

Prices

  1d

Pagecounts

  1-Aug-1903 – 18-May-1912: 16pp
  25-May-1912 – 13-Sep-1913: 36pp

Frequency

  weekly (every Friday) (25-May-1912 - 13-Sep-1913)

The Boys' Herald [1921]

see under The Greyfriars Herald

The Boys' Holiday

Total Issues: 73

Mostly westerns, sea and school stories. Authors include Edward S. Ellis, William Murray Graydon, Edward Stratemeyer.

Issues & Index Sources

  14-Jan-1890 – 7-Oct-1890: Bibliographic Listing: Good News
  14-Oct-1890 – 13-Jun-1891, as The Holiday: Bibliographic Listing: Good News

Publishers

  Holiday Pub. Co., NY

Formats

  tabloid story-paper

Prices

  5c

Pagecounts

  8pp

Frequency

  weekly

Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Boys' Home Journal

Total Issues: 5

Becomes Comic Home Journal (comic).

Issues & Index Sources:  5-Apr-1895 – 3-May-1895
Publishers:   Harmsworth
Formats:   tabloid
Pagecounts:   8pp
Frequency:   weekly

Boys' Home Library

Total Issues: 24

Issues & Index Sources:  Sep-1887 – Jun-1890: Dime Novel Bibliography
Publishers:   A. L. Burt, 162 Williams St., New York
Formats:   7 1/4 x 5 3/4"
Prices:   25c
Pagecounts:   250 to 300pp
Frequency:   monthly (1-18), quarterly (19-24)
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

The Boy's Home Weekly

Total Issues: 40

Mostly school stories and adventure yarns. Emphasis on Horatio Alger, Jr., and Oliver Optic.

Issues & Index Sources:  17-May-1911 – 14-Feb-1912: Dime Novel Bibliography
Publishers:   Arthur Westbrook Publishing Co., Cleveland
Formats:   octavo story-paper
Prices:   5c
Pagecounts:   32pp
Frequency:   weekly
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography
 


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