Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Nancy Who?

Welcome to my weekly installment of Vintage Thingies Thursday, sponsored by Lisa the Apron Queen! It is also Book Blogger Appreciation Week over at My Friend Amy, so I am once again combining my posts! Be sure to stop by BOTH sites, they each have some great giveaways going on!
We all know Nancy Drew and her amazingly analytical mind that can solve crimes while she toodles around in her coupe with her friends Bess and George. But did you ever meet The Dana Girls? I was introduced to these books by my much older cousins when I was about 9 or 10. I liked the mysteries, since I was really into Nancy at the time, but what I like more was that the books were really old and none of my friends had heard of them! I have 2 of the books, and they are in amazing condition! They are both copyright 1934, however according to research I've done, they are reprints from the 1950s, which is not indicated anywhere in the books. I have books #1 and #25.
"The adventures of resourceful Louise Dana and her irrepressible sister Jean are packed with thrills, excitement and mystery." Louise and Jean are orphans who live at a boarding school. They drive a roadster, another cool 1930s car, like Nancy's coupe! They apprear to be independently wealthy, with their money overseen by an aunt and uncle who are their guardians. Like Nancy, they have lots of independence and are often given special permission to leave the school to solve mysteries. Unlike Nancy, they have an arch-enemy, Lettie Briggs, who is always trying to get them into trouble, but gets caught by the headmistress. "Irrepressible" Jean enjoys playing retaliatory pranks on Lettie.The series was written by 3 different authors under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene, author of the Nancy Drew books. Leslie McFarlane is known best for authoring the early Hardy Boys books under the pseudonym of Franklin W. Dixon. McFarlane did not enjoy writing the Dana Girls books and declined to continue the job after he wrote the fourth volume. Mildred A. Wirt Benson took over the duty and was the obvious choice since she was already writing the Nancy Drew books at that time. Harriet S. Adams took over writing the Dana Girls series at about the same time that she took over writing all of the Nancy Drew books.Both the front and back endpapers of every book have the same olive green and cream illustration.The books each have one black and white ink illustration with a quote, facing the title page.
I hope you've enjoyed meeting Louise and Jean Dana this week! I have other mystery-solving friends you will be meeting in the future. I also posted earlier this week about another vintage book, if you'd like to look at it HERE.
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27 comments:

Holy Crappers said...

They are awesome books!!

Thanks for sharing!

peace
#2

ellen b. said...

Very cool. I didn't know about the multiple authors for these books. I really enjoy a good mystery and read many of the Nancy Drew and hardy boys books. I'm enjoying Dorothy Sayers these days...

Angie said...

My mom and I both read Nancy Drew books. My daughters read them now. I love them.

Amy said...

ooooh now THOSE are cool! I love old books!

Joanne Kennedy said...

Oh I remember Nancy! I read her books when I was a kid. Loved them and wanted to be her when I grew up.

Hugs,
Joanne

Vintage Mommy said...

Who doesn't love Nancy Drew? Just looking at these books makes me want to read them again.

Jennifer said...

I love the graphics from these books!

Bridget said...

Wow, I didn't know all that trivia behind the Nancy Drew books. I love to learn things here in Blogland. Thanks!

Smilingsal said...

Thanks for the informative post.

Coloradolady said...

Oh, I so remember these books. I think I checked them out at the school library more than once. It is such a great memory to see them again. Great post.

Bridget said...

Hi, didn't want to lurk. lol. You have a nice site.

Patty said...

I read Nancy Drew but I don't think I ever read the Dana Girls. Do you remember Trixie Belden?

Grandma Faith said...

Your books are wonderful and thank you for all the interesting information you gave us. Have a great day!

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

I love old books too, just can't get enough of them!!! Yours are gorgeous and the stories are fantastic...thanks for sharing!! xx

Diane said...

Great information. Old books are the best! These are classics.

Miri said...

Great books and thanks for the info on the real mystery: Who was Carolyn Keene? :) I'm going to tell my kids and shock them that I know!

Corgidogmama~ said...

Do we ever outgrow Nancy Drew? Every birthday I got a couple of new titles. Love them!!

BarbaraLee said...

I loved Nancy. I'll have to see if our library has them. My dd2 (14) is getting into them.

marybt said...

Old books are my favorite. :)

Virginia said...

Eeks, I'm too young! Great collection though!

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

I love these old books. Nancy Drew was always one of my favorites.

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

When I was young my mother had me in the Nancy Drew book club. I got a new book every month. What fun it was reading and savoring until the next book came. I had every copy until they stopped coming. When I entered high school, I gave the books to someone (so long ago I can't remember who). Shouldn't have done that because they are collector items now. Who knew? Thanks for bringing back that wonderful memory ... especially the one of my Mom. xxoo

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

Hey Elizabeth - those books are great! We didn't know that there were books like that out there - we grew up reading Nancy Drew instead! Although....I must say that those pretty black and white outlined pictures were great coloring pages back then!!
Well, guess we won't be selling those for a pretty penny, will we???
Have a super weekend!
Karla & Karrie

Charlotte said...

I had never heard of these books. I know I would have enjoyed them when I was a kid. I still would. Maybe because I'm now in my second childhood. The first book was first published the year my hubby was born. Of course I'm much younger. I wasn't born until 2 years later. Thanks for sharing these interesting books.

Jewelgirl said...

Hi Elizabeth, I love your Nancy
Drew books, I keep hoping my tween
gets interested in some of these
classic books... as a matter of fact
I think I'd like to re-read them too! Have a great day and Blahhhhaaaa
to the postman guy what a stinker!

wvpaperwings said...

I haven't thought about Nancy Drew in eons. I never had the time to read the books but my sister (Harbor Hon) used to read them and tried to get me interested. I was too young and too much in my own head to do so. But thanks for the memory that I thought was gone.

Lisa said...

I use to love these books.