IN July, 2007 my parents came across a stash of old newspapers, and pages of The Youth's Companion underneath a drawer in a built-in cabinet in their house. The house was built in the late 20's by my great-grandfather.
THESE pages of The Youth's Companion were addressed to my great uncle, who would've been a young lad at the time, and must've been a great source of entertaining reading, judging by the missing pages and the general condition. Unfortunately only one issue was complete, and time had taken its toll on all of the material there.
I'VE reproduced those pages here for historical purposes, to give a bit of insight into what the kids of the 20's were reading for fun. I think it sure beats sitting in front of the television watching cartoons.
IT'S also interesting to read about the current events of the day, and the contemporary perspectives. The advertising is a lot of fun as well.
I HOPE you enjoy this. If this goes well I will look into acquiring and digitizing more issues, and getting The Youth's Companion Project off the ground.
I really enjoy the site, I am searching for an isssue of Youth's Companion that tells the live of George Washington Daniels a slave that fought for both the Union and Confederacy. Any suggestions? and if you come across him would you pass it on
Hello, Chris. I came upon your blog doing research on the Pledge of Allegiance. I wrote a book on the history of the Pledge, and as you likely know, The Youth's Companion is where the Pledge of Allegiance was first published (Sept., 1892). It was part of a huge nationwide celebration on the 400th discovery of America. The library at the University of Mississippi has one of the most complete collections of the Youth's Companions in the country. At any rate, I thought you might be interested. This is a very interesting and informative site. Thanks for doing it.
Camille, in your search for a copy of The Youth's Companion, have you tried the Library of Congress? You can actually do a search for "George Washington Daniels" and it will give you the exact articles with that name in it. Saves tons of time!