This page brings together all of the series featured on Nickels and Dimes. This includes dime novels, story papers, nickel weeklies, and various intermediary formats published between 1860 and 1930. Please note that the format information given below is often an approximation, as page count and dimensions sometimes vary over the run of a series.

Beadle's Dime Base-Ball Player

This is the first series of baseball booklets ever issued, published annually between 1860 and 1881. Each number provides instructions on the game, a summary of the previous season, and player averages. Henry Chadwick edited until the series' demise when he left Beadle & Adams to take over as editor of the Spalding Guide.

Format: 4 in. x 6 in., 40-100 pages, orange or buff wrappers with black and white illustrations

Publisher: Beadle & Adams

Date: May 1860-April 1881

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Beadle's Dime Handbooks

This collection brings together all of the handbooks published by Beadle and Adams, which were grouped in advertisements as "Family Hand-Books," "Young People's Hand-Books," and "Hand-Books of Games and Pastimes." The specific grouping varies by advertisement and, unlike other series by the publisher, issues are unnumbered. The numbers given here are taken from Johannsen (1950) and are based on original date of publication.

Format: 4 in. x 6 in., usually 100 pages, orange or buff wrappers with black and white illustrations

Publisher: Beadle & Adams

Date: 1859-1880

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Beadle's Dime Novels

Beadle's Dime Novels is often credited with coining the term "dime novel." Stories are primarily about the American frontier of the 18th century, much of it modeled after the fiction of James Fenimore Cooper. Sea stories and historical fiction, especially about the American Revolutionary War, are also common. Major contributors include Mrs. Anne S. Stephens, Edward S. Ellis, Mrs. Metta V. Victor, Col. Prentiss Ingraham, Mayne Reid, and Roger Starbuck. The series was continued by Beadle's New Dime Novels.

Format: 4 in. x 6 in., 96-128 pages, orange or buff wrappers with black ink illustrations

Publisher: Beadle & Adams

Date: June 9, 1860-November 17, 1874

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Beadle's Frontier Series

Beadle's Frontier Series reprints stories that were primarily published in Munro's Ten Cent Novels, with only ten titles originally published by Beadle. Ivers would often replace the original author's name with the names of writers who were better known at the time of reprinting. The series was reissued by Arthur Westbrook in 1912 using the original--a very worn--plates, which accounts for the poor quality of the impressions.

Format: 5 in. x 7 in., 100 pages, illustrated color covers

Publisher: M. J. Ivers, Arthur Westbrook

Date: February 5, 1908-January 14, 1910

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Beadle's Half-Dime Library

Beadle's Half-Dime Library was one of the longest running series published by Beadle and Adams, lasting for twenty-eight years and two months for a total of 1,1680 issues. Major recurring characters include Deadwood Dick, Buffalo Bill, Joe Phenix, New York Nat, Violet Vane, and Broadway Billy. With a lower price point of 5¢, this series was likely marketed to boys.

Format: 9 in. x 12 in., 16 pages, black and white illustrated front page

Publisher: Beadle & Adams, M. J. Ivers

Date: October 15, 1877-December 1905

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Beadle's New Dime Novels

Beadle's New Dime Novels continues from Beadle's Dime Novels, with each issue bearing two numbers; one for the old series, and one for the new. Johannsen (1950) speculates that the new series was begun as an excuse for the publisher to reprint older novels from the previous series, although there are a few issues that are not reprints. Cover illustrations are "hand colored," using an overprint of several different colors.

Format: 4 in. x 6 in., 100 pages, illustrated color covers (hand-stenciled)

Publisher: Beadle & Adams

Date: December 1, 1874-October 27, 1885

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Beadle's New York Dime Library

Beadle's New York Dime Library is the longest series begun by Beadle, spanning twenty-eight years and seven months. Priced at 10¢, it was likely marketed primarily to adults. Frontier and Western stories predominate early on, with detectives and criminals much more common towards the end of the series. Major recurring characters include Buffalo Bill, Dick Talbot, Thad Burr, and Joe Phenix. Prentiss Ingraham, Joseph E. Badger, and Albert W. Aiken are the main contributors.

Format: 9 in. x 13 in., 32 pages, black and white illustrated front page

Publisher: Beadle & Adams, M. J. Ivers

Date: May 10, 1877-December 1905

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Beadle's Weekly

Beadle's Weekly is the publisher's second story paper series, beginning immediately after the conclusion of the first, The Saturday Journal. With no. 157, the title was changed to The Banner Weekly. The series set a more masculine tone, with fewer love stories, while stories by women were disguised by abbreviating the author's name (e.g. Mrs. Jennie Davis Burton became J. D. Burton). Also unlike the previous series, reprinting of stories and other features was permitted.

Format: 14 in. x 21 in., 8 pages, black and white illustrated front page

Publisher: Beadle & Adams

Date: November 18, 1882-May 22, 1897

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Blue and Gray Weekly

The stories in Blue and Gray Weekly alternate between two friends, Jack Clark and Will Prentiss, who end up on opposite sites during the Civil War. The novels have been attributed to George W. Good, writing under the pseudonym Lieut. Harry Lee.

Format: 8 in. x 11 in., 32 pages, illustrated color covers

Publisher: Frank Tousey

Date: August 12, 1904-March 17, 1905

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Deadwood Dick Library

Deadwood Dick Library collects stories that were originally published in Beadle's Half-Dime Library, including 24 stories about the outlaw Deadwood Dick and 40 other stories written by Edward L. Wheeler, featuring characters like Denver Doll, Rosebud Rob, and Sierra Sam. It was later reprinted by Arthur Westbrook in 1912 using the same plates.

Format:  5 in. x 8 in., 32 pages, illustrated color covers

Publisher: M. J. Ivers, Arthur Westbrook

Date: March 15, 1899-May 30, 1900

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Deadwood Dick Library (London, England)

This series reissues 34 numbers of the Deadwood Dick Library in London by George Newnes, beginning in 1928, but for sale well into the 1930s. Titles and cover illustrations are often vastly different.

Format:  32 pages, illustrated color covers

Publisher: George Newnes

Date: 1928-1929

Fame and Fortune Weekly

Fame and Fortune Weekly features stories about boys in finance and business who find success through hard work and good luck. Many of these novels include details about Wall Street and the Stock Exchange at the turn of the century. Cover stories are attributed to James Perkins Tracy, writing under the pseudonym "A Self-Made Man." All stories after no. 489 are reprinted from earlier issues.

Format:  8 in. x 11 in. (nos. 1-592) or 7 in. x 9 1/2 in. (nos. 673-1197), 32 pages, illustrated color covers

Publisher: Frank Tousey

Date: October 6, 1905-September 7, 1928

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The Home

The Home is a monthly magazine for women, featuring advice, recipes, poetry, and serialized stories by editors, Mrs. H. E. G. Arey and Mrs. Metta V. Victor, as well as Mrs. C. H. Gildersleeve, Mrs. H. L. Bostwick, and Mrs. F. F. Barritt. The magazine was collected semiannually in volumes that contained between 288 and 296 pages and some additional illustrations. 

Format:  9 1/2 in. x 6 in., 54 pages, grayish tan wrappers with black ink illustrations

Publisher: Beadle & Adams

Date: January 1856-June 1860

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Nick Carter Weekly

Nick Carter Weekly features the Nick Carter, one of the most popular fictional detectives of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Contains both original stories and stories reprinted from Nick Carter Library and Old Cap. Collier Library. Attributed to "author of 'Nick Carter'" or "edited by Chickering Carter," but Frederic Van Rensselaer Dey was the principal author. More than 12 other authors contributed.

Format:  7 in. x 10 1/2 in. (nos. 1-90, 95-227) or 8 in. x 11 in. (nos. 92-94, 228-829), 32 pages, illustrated color covers

Publisher: Street & Smith

Date: January 2, 1897-September 7, 1912

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Nick Carter Stories

Nick Carter Stories alternates original stories with reprints from New Carter Weekly. Transitioned into the pulp magazine, Detective Story Magazine.

Format:  7 1/2 in. x 11 in., 32 pages, illustrated color covers

Publisher: Street & Smith

Date: September 14, 1912-October 2, 1915

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Nugget Library

The Nugget Library is the first series published by Street & Smith that was marketed primarily to children, featuring frontier stories, sea fiction, comic stories, and science fiction. Tom Edison, Jr., Diamond Dick, and Smart Aleck are recurring characters. Major contributors include Ned Buntline, Edward W. Wheeler, Prentiss Ingraham, and Philip Reade.

Format:  8 1/2 in. x 12 in., 16 pages, black and white illustrated front page

Publisher: Street & Smith

Date: August 29, 1889-August 16, 1892

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Pluck and Luck

Pluck and Luck continues from the Wide Awake Libary, making it the longest-running dime novel series at 2,958 issues that span more than 50 years. The chief recurring character in Jack Wright. All of the stories, however, were reprinted from serials in Tousey story papers, including Boys of New York, Golden Weekly, Happy Days, and Young Men of America.

Format:  8 in. x 11 in. (nos. 1-1144) or 6 in. x 9 in. (nos. 1145-1605), 32 pages, illustrated color covers

Publisher: Frank Tousey

Date: January 12, 1898-March 6, 1929

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Saturday Journal

The Saturday Journal is the first story paper published by Beadle & Adams. The title of the series changed frequently, including Saturday Star Journal, New York Saturday Journal, Star Journal, and several others. Stories are original, but most were later reprinted in series like Beadle's New York Dime Library and Beadle's Half-Dime Library. The series was directly continued by Beadle's Weekly.

Format:  12 in. x 16 in. (nos. 1-9) or 14 in. x 21 in. (nos. 10-661), 8 pages, black and white illustrated front page

Publisher: Beadle & Adams

Date: March 19, 1870-November 11, 1882

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Wide Awake Library

Wide Awake Library is a continuation of Norman L. Munro's New York Boys Library. While some stories are original, many are reprints from a wide array of publications, including a number that had fallen into the public domain. Many of these would be recycled again in series like Pluck and Luck and Brave and Bold. While there are quite a detective and Western stories, the series is also notable for having a significant amount of comedy and science fiction. Recurring characters include Jack Harkaway, Frank Reade (Jr. and Sr.), the Shortys, and Terence Muldoon.

Format:  8 in. x 11 in., usually 16 pages, black and white illustrated front page

Publisher: Frank Tousey

Date: September 7, 1878-January 7, 1898

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The Young New Yorker

The Young New Yorker was advertised as a "respectable paper for respectable readers...alive with the interest of all manly and popular sports, games and pastimes!" At least two pages of every issue were dedicated to sports, with the rest given over to serialized fiction, sketches, and short stories. Johannsen (1950) speculates that most boys preferred a good story and that perhaps two pages about sports was two too many, accounting for the fact that the paper was not a success.

Format:  20 in. x 14 in., 8 pages, black and white illustrated front page

Publisher: Beadle & Adams

Date: November 25, 1878-May 17, 1879

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The Youth's Casket

The Youth's Cakset was Beadle's first attempt at publishing, started while he was running his stereotype plant in Buffalo, NY. The series contains prose and poetry for very young children, with wood-cut engravings, most of which were probably created by artist and engraver B. C. Vanduzee. The magazine would be merged with Forrester's Magazine of Boston.

Format:  8 1/2 in. x 6 in., 16 pages, white wrappers printed in reddish orange or tan wrappers printed in black

Publisher: Beadle & Adams

Date: January 1852-December 1857