Golden Days for Boys and Girls


Golden Days for Boys and Girls was an American weekly children's story paper, first published in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1880 to 1900.

Publisher Information

The magazine was published by James Elverson, a newspaper publisher known for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Starting on November 6, 1880, Golden Days for Boys and Girls was issued on Saturdays and targeted the youth market.

Editorial Focus

Golden Days for Boys and Girls was designed to entertain and educate its young readers. The content primarily comprised serialized novels, short stories, poems, and factual articles that aimed to inspire sound morals and encourage imaginative thinking. The paper included stories of adventure, industry, school life, and sports, among others.

Content Structure

The story paper had a mix of textual and visual content. The serialized novels and stories were often accompanied by illustrations, enhancing the visual appeal for its young readers. Golden Days for Boys and Girls featured tales from popular contemporary children's authors, who were often introduced to its readers through this medium.

Influence and End of Publication

Over its two-decade run, Golden Days for Boys and Girls had a significant impact on children's literature of the era. It is noted for its contribution to the formative years of the story paper genre, which later evolved into comic books and other juvenile publications. The publication of the paper ceased in 1900.

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