Aldine romance of invention, travel and adventure library

Title

Aldine romance of invention, travel and adventure library

Identifier

http://hdl.handle.net/1959.1/1402743

Date

1894 - 1906

Description

Frank Reade

The Aldine Romance of Invention, Travel and Adventure Library was a popular pulp magazine series published between 1894 and 1906. Most of the Aldine stories feature the adventures of Frank Reade Jr., replete with amazing inventions and fantastic voyages. Targeted to boys, the early issues boast: “Jules Verne outdone!!!” Later issues of the Aldine series sporadically featured Jack Wright, another pulp hero created by Senarens, as seen in “Jack Wright’s Electric Sea Ghost, or, A Strange Underwater Journey,”


The character of Frank Reade was created by Harold Cohen and introduced in “Frank Reade and His Steam Man of the Plains, or, The Terror of the West” in New York Magazine (1876). Reade was always accompanied by his steam man, which was itself borrowed from an earlier publication, “The Iron Hunter, or, The Steam Man of the Plains!” Cohen wrote four issues before handing over to Luis Senarens, a sixteen year old Cuban-American living in Brooklyn. Senarens introduced Frank Reade Jr. in what became the first issue of the Aldine series: “Frank Reade Jr. and His New Steam Man, or, The Young Inventor’s Trip to the Far West” (1892). Most of these stories were first published in general pulp magazines, such as The Boys of New York, and were also serialised in The Frank Reade Library.


The Frank Reade Jr. stories feature a huge variety of fantastic machines and mechanical creatures, from airships and underwater vessels, to the “Steam Horse” and the “Electric Dolphin.” Over the course of the series, Frank Reade Jr. travels the world, even visiting Australia in several issues, including “Frank Reade’s Electric Man in Australia” and “Across Australia with Frank Reade.” The stories are products of their time, however, and some characters can now be recognised as racist stereotypes, while Reade’s global adventures have colonial overtones. Yet the Reade stories were very influential, pioneering what John Clute calls the “Edisonade” genre (after the inventor Thomas Edison) and being forerunners for other popular science fiction writing.

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Items in the Aldine romance of invention, travel and adventure library

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Across the Milky Way [version 2]
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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Frank Reade's Wild Aeronaut
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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Frank Reade's 'Queen clipper' of the clouds
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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Frank Reade's Search for a sunken ship
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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Frank Reade's Chase through the clouds [version 2]
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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Around the world under water; or, the cruise of the dart
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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Frank Reade exploring Mexico in his new air ship
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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Frank Reade's Sea Serpent; or, the search for sunken gold
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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Frank Reade with his air ship in Africa [version 2]
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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Jack Wright's Electric sea ghost or; a strange underwater journey
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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Frank Reade's New electric submarine boat the 'Explorer'
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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Frank Reade with his new steam horse among the cowboys; or the league of the plains
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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Six weeks in the clouds
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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Across the Milky Way [version 1]
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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Frank Reade; Under Havana harbour
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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Frank Reade in the Silver Sea
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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The Lost Lake
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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The Monarch of the Moon
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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The Cloud city
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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Frank Reade Beyond the Gold Coast
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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Frank Reade in Japan
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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Frank Reade with his Cruiser
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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The White Desert
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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Frank Reade's Flyer; The Silent city
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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On the floor of the ocean
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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Over the Orient [version 2]
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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Over the Orient [version 1]
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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The Sunken Isthmus
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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The Weird Island
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…

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Frank Reade in the 'Rocket'
One in a series of boy's adventure stories centred round Frank Reade Jr., a young inventor-genius who created a robot, "Steam Man" and a succession of creatures including "Steam Horse", "Electric Dolphin" and innumerable flying and swimming wonders,…