Monthly Archives: September 2016

Old Adventure Series

Tonight I will share a few recent book acquisitions from old adventure series.

Aeroplane Boys, John Luther Langworty, Aeroplane Chums in the Tropics, M. A. Donohue & companyThe Aeroplane Boys on the Wing; or Aeroplane Chums in the Tropics was written by John Luther Langworthy. The book is the first in the Aeroplane Series and was published in 1912.

I acquired this book today. A colleague dropped by my classroom with two old books that he had picked up with other items at an estate sell. The other book was on insect identification.

The Aeroplane Series is one of many series put out by M. A. Donohue & Company. Other series were: American Boy’s Sports, Boys’ Elite, Girls’ Elite, Alger Stories for Boys, Girl Aviator, Motor Boat Boys, Motor Maids, and Radio Boys

Vicki Barr Flight Sterwardess, Stratemeyer Syndicate, Helen Wells, Books SeriesSilver Wings for Vicki by Helen Wells is the first volume of The Vicki Barr Flight Stewardess Series. This series is one of many from the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Their best know series were the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, but there were many more.

This series was begun in 1947. Helen Wells also wrote The Cherry Ames Nurse Stories which was an earlier series from the Stratemeyer Syndicate. I have a volume or two from the Cherry Ames series on my shelves, as well as several more of the Vicki Barr books.

Tom Swift Jr. Series, Stratenmeyer Sydicate, Victor Appleton II, Book Series, AdventureAnother recent acquisition was this copy of Tom Swift on The Phantom Satellite by Victor Appleton II. This is part of another Stratemeyer Syndicate series. The New Tom Swift Jr. Adventures series was begun in 1954 and this volume is from 1956. The series was a follow-up to the Tom Swift series that was started in 1910 by Stratemeyer. I have at least one volume from the original series on my shelves and maybe half a dozen of the Tom Swift Jr. books.

They are quite interesting to read, especially when you look at them through a lens set to their issue dates.

Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, Stand by for Mars, Carey Rockwell, William Ley, Grosset and DunlapTom Corbett Stand by for Mars! by Carey Rockwell was published in 1952. Carey Rockwell is a pseudonym for a team of writers who wrote the Tom Corbett series. This is the first volume of the series. The series was inspired and modeled after the novel Space Cadet by Robert Heinlein.

There was also a TV show and comic strip about Tom Corbett in the 1950’s.

I picked this book up today, so have not had time to read it. However, it is now on my to read list along with many others 🙂

Do you remember reading any of the books from these adventure series?



More Autumn Poems

Last September I wrote a post about Autumn Poems after looking through a scrapbook full of poems that my Grandma saved from newspapers and magazines. The poems were from about 50 years ago.

Last week was the start of fall or autumn so I decided to share a few more of the poems from the scrapbook.

Bringing Autumn In, Poems, Fall PoemsThis first poem does not have the poet listed.

Bringing Autumn In

Grandma’s paring apples,

Sign that’s full of cheer;

Summer’s nearly over,

Autumn’s nearly here.

Cozy evenings coming,

Mornings brisk and cool;

Long vacation ended,

Busy times at school.


Grandma’s paring apples.

Some of them she dries,

Some make sauce and puddings,

Some make spicy pies.

Pantry smells delicious,

Pockets bulge out wide;

Children with their baskets

Roam the orchard-side.


Grandma’s paring apples,

Nicest time o’year;

firelight and lamplight

Fill the house with cheer.

Odors sweet in cellar,

Rosy fruit in bin;

Most likely this poem is longer since it does not end with a period. Perhaps the rest of the poem included the author. I wonder why my grandma did not paste the complete poem into the scrapbook?

Of course since I was curious I had to see if I could find the ending of the poem. I found the poem in St. Nicholas magazine.

The poem was written by Annie Willis McCullough and here are the final lines.

Grandma, paring apples,

Brings the autumn in!

Autumn Market, Poems, Scrapbooks, Atumn Poems, Frances Gorman Risser

Autumn Market

Every autumn in the woods,

Falling leaves are burnished bright,

For in Fairy Markets there,

Jack Frost holds a sale, each night.


Fairies hurry ’round to buy

Crimson hose, a golden gown,

And, for sturdy working clothes,

Leaves are stained in shades of brown.


Then, beneath the big oak tree,

Fairies shop for kitchen ware;

Polished copper frying pans,

Pots and kettles are found there.


Autumn leaves the fairies use

In so many ways, you see—

Dresses, rugs, and blankets, too,

Even kettles for their tea!

Frances Gorman Risser

Autumn Poem, Hattie Anundsen, Poetry, Fall Poems, Scrapbook


The autumn is a gipsy, when the frost is in the air;

A joyous, tattered wanderer, with sumac in her hair.

She passes field and meadowland, and hangs her banners there;

At night her crimson campfire wafts it perfume everywhere.


The autumn is a priestess, when the leaves are brown and sere;

She takes her forms of worship from a faded yesteryear.

Her robes of mist float round her as she burns an incense sweet,

And bows before her woodland gods who do not know defeat.

She plucks the flaunting banners down that once she hung so high,

And sets their blazing colors on her altar in the sky.

Hattie Anundsen

I hope you enjoyed these three autumn poems.

I am really looking forward to a colorful autumn, but the color comes late here in California.