Tuesday, June 14, 2016
THE PULP CALENDAR: June 14
For novelty's sake, here's a very old Argosy from before the red-band era. In 1919 Argosy delivered 176 pages a week, filled in this case with names mostly unknown to me. My own Argosy collection begins about a generation later, and I only recognize two of this issue's contributors as writers who continued to appear in the venerable weekly in the early-mid 1930s: cover author Charles Alden Seltzer and William Merriam Rouse, who might be described as a Northeastern specialist. One other author worth noting is George P. Putnam, the scion of a publishing family who is best known to history as Mr. Amelia Earhart. Further testimony to the greater presence of women writers in this era of pulp are the contributions of Katharine Eggleston and Ethel Dorrance, the latter co-authoring a serial with her husband. I'm tempted to think of all of this as pre-modern pulp, from before the hard-boiled style caught on, but those who've read Argosy from this period are best qualified to judge how modern or quaint the writing is.