Back in the early 1900’s there was a lot of competition between publishers for the attention of juvenile readers. There were many series of books on different subjects. You may remember some of the more popular ones like Tom Swift, Bobbsey Twins, The Boxcar Children, The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew.
There were also multiple series about Boy Scouts. These came at a time just after the Boy Scout movement began.
I have a few of these books on my shelves. Some of them I have had for decades, but some of them I have added to my collection more recently.
These books catch my since I am an Eagle Scout. I don’t see them often, but I pick them up if the price is reasonable.
This is the only title I have from this series. I picked up this book today at the library book sale.
The Boy Scouts of the Air at Greenwood School by Gordon Stuart was published by the Reilly & Lee Co. The Boy Scouts of the Air series has at least 14 volumes written between 1912 and 1922. The series was written by ghost writers with the first five being written by Harry Lincoln Sayler.
Lieut. Howard Payson was a pseudonym of John Henry Goldfrap. He wrote at least eight series using at least five pseudonyms.
The Boy Scouts in Camp by George Durston was published by the Saalfield Publishing Company. This is the first of the series of 24 titles written between 1912 and 1921. The author of each book in the series was listed as either George Durston or Robert Maitland, but different ghost writers were used. A large number of the books in the series was written by Georgia Roberts Durston.
What was your favorite series of books from when you were a kid?