Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Recently Read: The Golden Argosy, September 17, 1887

At this point in the magazine's history, The Argosy was tabloid-size, aimed largely at teen-aged boys, and used a type-face so small as to be nearly unreadable.

The stories herein were nearly all Dickensian variations on the boy who, through happenstance (sometimes villainish) finds himself discredited/poor/outcast/accused and must, through pluck, faith and luck regain the standing he has lost and take his rightful place in society again. 

The issue's filled out with a trading post, terse answers to seemingly hundreds of queries, quaint ads, pen and ink illustrations and non-fiction profiles and antidotes.
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