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Little Blue Books

Little Blue Books

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Little Blue Books are a series of small staple-bound books published by the Haldeman-Julius Publishing Company of Girard, Kansas (1919–1978). They were extremely popular, and achieved a total of more than 300 million booklets sold over the series' lifetime. This pdf contains a complete title list, a sporadic collection of covers, and a number of early advertisements from the company.
Little Blue Books are a series of small staple-bound books published by the Haldeman-Julius Publishing Company of Girard, Kansas (1919–1978). They were extremely popular, and achieved a total of more than 300 million booklets sold over the series' lifetime. This pdf contains a complete title list, a sporadic collection of covers, and a number of early advertisements from the company.

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LITTLE BLUE BOOKSPUBLISHED BY E. HALDEMAN-JULIUS
 
AND BY
HENRY J. HALDEMAN
Numbers 1 – 1915
 
 
Little Blue Books
are a series of small staple-bound books published by the Haldeman-Julius Publishing Company of Girard, Kansas (1919–1978). They were extremelypopular, and achieved a total of more than 300 million booklets sold over the series'lifetime. A Big Blue Book range was also published.
 
 Emanuel Haldeman-Julius, a socialist reformer and newspaper publisher, and his wife,Marcet, set out to publish small low price paperback pocketbooks that were intended tosweep the ranks of the working class as well as the "educated" class. Their goal was toget works of literature, a wide range of ideas, common sense knowledge and variouspoints of view out to as large an audience as possible. These books, at approximately 31/2 by 5 inches (8 1/2 by 12 3/4 cm) easily fit into a working man's back pocket or shirtpocket. The inspiration for the series were cheap ten cent paperback editions of variousclassic works that Haldeman-Julius had purchased as a 15 year old (the
 Ballad of ReadingGaol
being especially enthralling). He would later write:
“It was winter, and I was cold, but I sat down on a bench and read that booklet straight through, without a halt, and never did I so much as notice that my hands were blue, that my wet nose was numb, and that my ears felt as hard as glass. Never until then, or since,did any piece of printed matter move me more deeply...I'd been lifted out of this world -and by a 10¢ booklet. I thought, at the moment, how wonderful it would be if thousands of such booklets could be made available."

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