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I recently acquired this Nancy Drew collectible item - it's a copper printing plate that was used by Kingsport Press to print the glossy frontispieces for The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk. This image was drawn by the first Nancy Drew illustrator, Russell H. Tandy.
Here's a flipped horizontal/negative of the image to give you an idea (thanks to Sleuth Jarrell for creating this!)...
There is some wear/aging to the plate as you can see in the image - will need to see if this can be restored.
Check out The Sleuth! It's the Original Nancy Drew Fanzine - published 6 times per year. It's put together by members of the Nancy Drew Sleuths - an organization of scholars and collectors of Nancy Drew and other vintage series books. Articles focus on Nancy Drew, but we also feature several other vintage girls' and boys' series in each issue too.
We've been in print since 2006, but have recently undergone a few graphic & layout changes to spiff it up a bit. We're having a giveaway in honor of our new style which debuted with our May/June 2014 issue. For any new subscriptions or renewals from existing subscribers throughout the month of July, you'll be entered into a drawing for a free subscription, totebag, tee, mouse pad, magnets, and a car magnet--see samples below. Then we have a preview of page one of 4 of the articles in this month's issue plus the contents page. To subscribe (half year/ 1 year/ 2 year subscriptions available) or order back issues, visit our website.
I recently interviewed former Cosmopolitan Magazine editor and author Kate White, whose novel Eyes on You, comes out tomorrow on June 24. Kate's writing has been inspired by Nancy Drew, so I asked her a little bit about that Nancy Drew connection.
JF: What was it about Nancy Drew that got you hooked as a child?
KW: I loved that she was not only fearless but also so independent. No one had her under their thumb, telling her what to do. When I was growing up there weren’t many real-life examples of women who called their own shots, and so it was incredibly motivating. I think she was a true force behind the women’s movement. She gave us a taste of what it would be like to run our own lives.
JF: Describe Nancy Drew in 5 words or less.
KW: Gutsiest Girl in the World
JF: What's your favorite Nancy Drew book - and why do you consider it a favorite?
KW: The Secret of Red Gate Farm is my favorite. I saw it on my grandmother’s bookshelf one day when I was a young girl, and the cover and haunting title pulled me across the room like a beacon. And I was spellbound by the story. Though I loved most of the books, I think Red Gate Farm is my favorite because it was my first and therefor my introduction to that wonderful, fascinating world of Nancy.
JF: Nancy Drew is still being published today in modern all-new stories.
Do you prefer Nancy set in the past in the books from your childhood or
do you still see her as relevant today in a modern world?
definitely think Nancy is still relevant. I haven’t read the modern
stories, but when I give speeches around the country and mention how
Nancy influenced by decision to write murder mysteries, women of all
ages nod their heads vigorously in response. The younger women have
clearly read the more modern stories.
JF: Have you ever used a situation or theme from a Nancy Drew book as inspiration for any of your books?
No, not a particular situation or theme but the chapter endings have
totally influenced me. I love that reviewers have called my books
page-turners and I owe so much of that to Nancy. All the chapters in the
Nancy Drew mysteries that I read ended with a cliff-hanger. I re-read
some of those mysteries when I started writing my own books and that
helped me create cliff-hangers, too.
JF: So many mystery authors
credit Nancy Drew with inspiring them in their writing - what is the
one thing that you found the most inspirational about Nancy Drew?
Nancy Drew books have inspired me keep my female protagonists spunky
despite the odds—and that’s true whether it’s Bailey Weggins in my
mystery series or someone like Robin Trainer, the protagonist in my new
stand-alone psychological suspense, Eyes on You. JF: Do you still own your childhood Nancy Drew books? Do you actively collect vintage (or modern) Nancy Drew books?
I discovered to my horror that mine had been thrown out, but a while
back I bought a bunch with the reissued old covers. I absolutely love
Synopsis about Eyes On You:
From New York Times bestselling author Kate White comes a riveting psychological suspense in which a media star must battle a malevolent enemy who may be disturbingly close to her.
After losing her on-air job two years ago, television host Robin Trainer has fought her way back and now she’s hotter than ever. With her new show climbing in the ratings and her first book a bestseller, she’s being dubbed a media double threat.
But suddenly, things begin to go wrong. Small incidents at first: a nasty note left in her purse; her photo shredded. But the obnoxious quickly becomes threatening when the foundation the makeup artist uses burns Robin’s face. It wasn’t an accident—someone had deliberately doctored with the product.
An adversary with a dark agenda wants to hurt Robin, and the clues point to someone she works with every day. While she frantically tries to put the pieces together and unmask this hidden foe, it becomes terrifyingly clear that the person responsible isn’t going to stop until Robin loses everything that matters to her . . . including her life.
In an update to my earlier Blog on the new Nancy Drew classic covers, I wanted to preview the covers and back covers of these new books plus post a Q' & A' with Penguin/Grosset & Dunlap on the new covers and what's in store in the future plus a giveaway! They are now available everywhere in addition to Target who has had them for several months in a special promotion.
GIVEAWAY DETAILS: Comment on which cover is your favorite and why--leave your name in the comment, and we'll do a drawing on May 29 to give away a set of 4 of these--1 of each. Please Note: Comments require approval due to spammers, so don't re-post if it doesn't show up right away--your comment will be approved as soon as I see it.
UPDATE: WINNER IS LEA! Thanks to everyone who commented! Let's hope they try out a few more of these neat covers in the future.
G&D Q' & A'
Q' 1: What led Penguin to do a redesign of the classic Nancy Drew covers?
Although the editions with the 1950-70s covers are iconic and sell incredibly well, we decided to create new editions that had cover art that harked back to the era in which the books were originally written. And we’re hoping these new editions bring a new audience to Nancy Drew.
Q' 2: Will Penguin be doing any more redesigned covers for books #5 onward?
We certainly hope so!
Q' 3: What has been the response Penguin has received on the style of the new covers?
and readers have responded incredibly well to the new covers; people
have remarked on how stylish and beautiful they are, and how collectible
they make the books feel.
Q' 4: Will Penguin be doing anything for the upcoming 85th anniversary of Nancy Drew?
We will be making a big splash for the 100th Anniversary!
(They have no big plans before the 100th, but stay tuned here for any possible future projects that might come up.)
Q' 5: Will there be a similar redesign for the Hardy Boys classic covers?
Nancy Drew & Her Biggest Case Ever opened this weekend in Milwaukee, WI from First Stage. Jeff Frank and John Maclay have created a fabulous adventure Nancy Drew-style! They've combined elements from these classic Nancy Drew books: The Bungalow Mystery, The Quest of the Missing Map, and The Mystery at the Ski Jump.
The play runs through June 1, so there's plenty of time to go see it if you're in the area. John Maclay will be presenting at our Nancy Drew Convention in San Diego this year on June 6.
If you're able to go see it, please post your thoughts in the comments!
Nancy Drew is 84 today! Well, the series anyhow, as it debuted with the first three volumes on April 28, 1930 introducing us to plucky teenage sleuth Nancy Drew and her crime ridden world in River Heights. She was 16 in the originals, so today, she'd be 100! Pretty good for a Sleuth that's still sleuthing all these years later in the currently published series, Nancy Drew Diaries.
The brainchild of Edward Stratemeyer, Nancy Drew has been one of the longest running children's series, with millions of readers and fans over the generations and is still being passed down today by doting grandmothers and mom's who know best. If Nancy Drew can inspire little girls who grow up to be Supreme Court justices, better get your kids reading and fast!
She still inspires after all these years, and that's a testament to the history behind the series and those who created her. Take a moment and go down memory lane with my Nancy Drew Mysterious History page at my website and learn more about how this series was created and a timeline of interesting Nancy Drew moments throughout the years.
These rather iconic images of Nancy Drew were illustrated by Russell H. Tandy, whose sophisticated take on Nancy Drew helped propel sales so that by 1934, Nancy Drew was outselling other series--even the boys' series books. The first 3 (and 20 more of the first 30) books were ghostwritten by Mildred Wirt Benson, a prolific author in her own right and journalist.
Next year is the 85th anniversary of Nancy Drew, the 110th anniversary of Nancy's first ghostwriter, Mildred Wirt Benson, and the 110th anniversary of the Stratemeyer Syndicate. It's quite a banner year for Nancy Drew and her history! The Nancy Drew Sleuths will host a series of three historical and adventurous mini conventions in three cities related to mysterious history behind the series that you won't want to miss. We'll be hosting events in libraries in each location and will be donating a whole set of Nancy Drew books for the kids to read at each event! These events will be less convention day-centric and more historical and touring-centric than our usual format.
Follow in Nancy's Footsteps and step right into River Heights! Tour sites from Nancy's hometown and learn more about ghostwriter Mildred Wirt Benson. Research in the Benson archives at the University of Iowa. A Library event with speakers and much more fanfare!
See sights from Benson's various books and series and other sights related to her writing of the Nancy Drew books around Toledo, OH. A Library event with speakers and much more fanfare! Mystery Train dinner adventure.
Learn all about Edward Stratemeyer's Stratemeyer Syndicate which produced many series over the years including Nancy Drew The Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, and The Bobbsey Twins among others. Tour sights in New Jersey related to the Syndicate and the members of the Stratemeyer family including Harriet Adams who we owe a lot of credit to for keeping Nancy Drew alive and going for many decades after her father's passing. A Library event with speakers and much more fanfare!
These events will be short in duration (Thurs-Sat) and will be very budget friendly!
Details coming soon about these events - view details at our website starting in August 2014.