OT Tom Swift (was: Re: Where's this from?)

Zane H. Healy healyzh at aracnet.com
Sun Mar 5 12:45:11 CST 2006

At 12:31 PM +0000 3/5/06, Philip Pemberton wrote:
>In message <20060304205928.017C8BA48B5 at mini-me.trailing-edge.com>
>           shoppa_classiccmp at trailing-edge.com (Tim Shoppa) wrote:
>>  While the picture is obviously a fake, it's more fun that reading
>>  those old Tom Swift stories. (I grew up on 'em, do kids read them
>>  anymore?)
>Tom Swift? Never heard of 'em... It's either way before my time, or one of
>the many things that never managed to get across the Atlantic...

It probably never made it across the Atlantic.

First series 1910-1930's
Second Series 1950's through 1960's (still being sold in very early 80's)
Third Series 1980's
Fourth Series (not sure when this came out or if it's still going).

The best two series are the first two, and the third is set in the 
future with really no tie in.  The Tom Swift of the first series, is 
the father in the second.  Basically it's a series of "Scientific" 
adventure books for boys.  I managed to complete my set of the second 
series while I was still in school, and I'm now about two-thirds, to 
three-quarters of the way through finishing a set of the First series.

Both of the first two series would probably be considered to be very 
dated, and downright humorous by todays youth.  Hopefully when the 
time comes, my kids will read my collections of Tom Swift, Hardy 
Boys, Nancy Drew, Happy Hollisters, and others.  I've got over a full 
sized bookcase of the genre packed away from when I was a kid 
(including two different versions of many of the original Hardy Boys 


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