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Special periodicals

Before paperbacks made reading books a more accessible form of entertainment, there were serialized stories in inexpensive formats such as: story papers (or penny dreadfuls), nickel weeklies, dime novels, and pulp magazines. The BPCL has a fairly large collection of these kinds of publication, each of which has its own set of issues and challenges. This chapter is subdivided by format, and the challenges of each are described under the respective format.

A: Story papers – introduction

Story papers represent some of the oldest materials housed in the BPCL. Some issues date back to the mid 1860 s. Story papers were newspaper-sized publications of fiction and began around the early nineteenth century. They were family oriented ...

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