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    Photo Detective    (about)
    A light fiction detective magazine “with as fresh a slant as tomorrow’s newspaper.” The stories were illustrated with photographs of models. The men are shown fully clothed and generally intently examining clues. The women show a lot of leg.

    • Publishers:
      • Emess Publishing Company; 404 N. Wesley Avenue, Mount Morris, IL: Photo Detective

    • Editors:



    Pocket Detective Magazine (1930s)    (about)
    An early experiment with a “pocket-sized” magazine to persuade readers to part with their cash in the hard days after the depression, Pocket Detective featured many of the same authors as the other Street & Smith detective pulps. Bad sales did not result in the anticipated success and it folded after 11 issues.

    • Publishers:
      • Street & Smith Publications, Inc.; 79 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY: Pocket Detective Magazine

    • Editors:













    Pocket Detective Magazine (1950s)    (about)
    Designed to fit in a man’s hip-pocket, Pocket Detective featured fast-action, crime-adventure stories, each preceded by a pulplike illustration and printed on cheap paper. It folded after only two issues.

    • Publishers:
      • Trojan Magazines, Inc.; 125 East 46th Street, New York 17, NY: Pocket Detective Magazine

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    Pocket Reader Series    (about)
    A series of small paperbacks that are variously listed as anthologies or magazines. Contents of issues varied between detective, romance and westerns.

    • Publishers:
      • T.V.Boardman & Co., Ltd.; 14 Cockspur Street, London SW1: Pocket Reader Series



    Pocket Reader Series [#102, Western Stories, 1948] (T.V. Boardman, 6d, 94pp, 4.0" x 5.5")
    Partial reprint of the April 1940 issue of Dime Western Magazine. Details supplied by Tom Lesser.
    • 2 · Beyond the Law Frontier · Barry Cord · nv Dime Western Magazine Apr 1940
    • 37 · Too Soft for the Owlhoot! · Walt Coburn · nv Dime Western Magazine Apr 1940
    • 64 · Fiddle Yawberry—Fighting Man! · Tom Roan · nv Dime Western Magazine Apr 1940


    Pocket Reader Series [#103, Romance Series, 1948] (T.V. Boardman, 6d, 96pp, 4.0" x 5.5")
    Details supplied by Tom Lesser.
    • 2 · The Golden Road · Eric Hatch · na Good Housekeeping Oct 1941 (+4)



    Pocket Reader Series [#105, Western Stories, 1948] (T.V. Boardman, 6d, 96pp, 4.0" x 5.5")
    Partial reprint of the April 1940 issue of Dime Western Magazine. Details supplied by Tom Lesser.
    • 2 · Thirty Wagons to Hell · Harry F. Olmsted · na Dime Western Magazine Apr 1940
    • 49 · Way-Station for Horse Thieves · Dee Linford · nv Dime Western Magazine Apr 1940
    • 83 · Gunman Godfather · Lloyd Eric Reeve · ss Dime Western Magazine Apr 1940


    Pocket Reader Series [#106, Romance Series, 1948] (T.V. Boardman, 6d, 96pp, 4.0" x 5.5")
    Details supplied by Tom Lesser.
    • 2 · Bright Star · Eric Hatch · na The American Magazine Dec 1942 (+2)



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