Thursday, March 3, 2011

Nancy Drew 2011 Convention Clues #28

Meet Dawn!

Growing up in the late 1950's and 1960's in rural Brevard, North Carolina, I read the Nancy Drew stories feverishly, first the dust jacketed editions and more often the later picture cover ones. I remember buying the books at the local Crest dime store and exchanging with friends to make sure I read every one. I have always been a voracious reader and also read "good" literature. But I can still remember being enraptured by Nancy and the stories, not being able to put down the books. As I became a teenager, I stopped reading those books. I re-discovered my love of Nancy Drew in the early 1990's, when I was called home to clear out my old childhood "stuff" from my mother's basement, including boxes of my old children's books. I travel for work and started spending travel time and weekends around the Greensboro, NC area (where I have lived for 25 years) checking out every used book store and antique store. In the 1990's, it was much easier to find books in these stores. I collect all the girls series by the Stratemeyer Syndicate, Grosset & Dunlap and earlier Cupples & Leon publications. My favorite finds will probably always be the first two "thick" Nancy Drews' I found in stores, The Clue in the Diary in an old used book store and The Haunted Bridge in an antique store, mixed in among older, "thick' Bobbsey Twins.

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The Nancy Drew's with dust jackets are on a book shelf in the living room. I have a pretty complete set, need a few unusual printings and need most of the first format's (I have a 3rd printing of Old Clock with laser dust jacket, a Bungalow Mystery with a real dust jacket in first format 4th printing, and a first format Shadow Ranch without dust jacket).

Nancy Drew picture covers are on a book shelf in the downstairs den. Have a full set of original story and revised story picture covers (although not necessarily first printings) and all the original paperbacks through #175. Also other book formats and collectibles (some of these are behind the picture cover books on each shelf and can't be seen here).



Lisa K said...

Hi Dawn! I'm looking forward to meeting you in Charlottesville. I've heard that you are the expert Carolina Sleuth :)

Kim said...


Great to see your collection!


Janet said...

Hi Dawn,

I like your collection. See you in Charlottesville.


Janet said...

Hi Dawn,

It's great to meet you and hear about your collection. I look forward to meeting you in person at the convention.

Shell in the City said...

Hey Dawn! Love seeing the pictures of your collection!! See you soon!

Shelli Simontacchi