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Emanuel Haldeman-Julius Big Blue Books and Larger Books Collection, 1922-1955Save to your list. | Special Collections & Archives

Title: Emanuel Haldeman-Julius Big Blue Books and Larger Books Collection, 1922-1955Save to your list.
ID: SC/EHJB
Extent: 4.17 Linear Feet
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Emanuel Haldeman-Julius (1888-1951) moved to Girard, Kansas in 1915 to begin writing for Appeal to Reason, a leading socialist newspaper in pre-World War I America. In 1919, he purchased a partnership with Louis Kopelin in the newspaper and its printing facility with money borrowed from his wife Marcet Haldeman. He began issuing the Big Blue Books in 1925. They were 5 ½ inches x 8 ½ inches and generally 30,000 words in 64 pages. Customers could order titles from mail order catalogs or visit one of the outlet stores in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Venice, Colorado. The Los Angeles store opened in 1924 in the downtown Mercantile Arcade Building. These larger format versions cost from 25 cents to $1.00 each.
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