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Exhibition Geppi Gems

Aldine Romance of Invention, Travel, & Adventure Library, no. 20. London: Aldine Publishing Company. Stephen A. Geppi Collection of Comics and Graphic Arts, Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress (024.01.00)

Aldine Romance of Invention, Travel & Adventure Library

Published between 1894 and 1906, the Aldine Romance of Invention, Travel, & Adventure Library followed the adventures of Frank Reede, Jr., and was marketed to young boys. This issue, “Frank Reade’s ‘White cruiser’ of the Clouds” is an early example in the Geppi Collection of pulp magazines, inexpensive fiction magazines similar to penny dreadful and dime novel publications. The term “pulp” comes from the cheap paper, made of wood pulp, on which these magazines were printed, which enabled them to be sold cheaply to a larger audience. An important part of American cultural history, pulp fiction was extremely influential in the development of what would become modern comic books.