Emanuel Haldeman-Julius : Pocket Series and the Little Blue Books

Resources for Collectors

In this section you'll find a variety of resources which we hope will be of benefit to collectors of the Haldeman-Julius Pocket Series and Little Blue Books. If you have something to contribute or think there's an important resource we've overlooked please let us know!.

Tools & Guides

Database of Haldeman-Julius Pocket Series and Little Blue Book Titles

Provides in-depth profiles on the thousands of books that constituted the various series over the decades! These profiles can be searched, browsed, sliced, diced, and sorted by dozens of criteria, allowing you great insight into title evolution, series inclusion, distribution, and attribution.

Gallery of Haldeman-Julius Pocket Series and Little Blue Book Wrappers

Browse our growing pictorial history of the dozens of wrapper styles that Pocket Series and Little Blue Book were issued in over the decades. Explore a diversity of design styles, discover which titles were issued in which wrappers, and uncover a variety of visual clues that can help with booklet dating.

Series Identification Guide: The Appeal's Pocket Series to the Little Blue Books

Created as a preliminary introduction to the various series, and to provide a convenient, baseline reference point for booklet identification. Includes information on The Appeal's Pocket Series, People's Pocket Series, Appeal Pocket Series, Ten Cent Pocket Series, Five Cent Pocket Series, Pocket Series, and the Little Blue Books.

Series Identification Guide: Little Blue Book Variants

A continuation of our Series Identification Guide, this time with a specific focus on the various collections, libraries, sets and sub-series of the Little Blue Books.

Haldeman-Julius reSEARCH Assistant

Our unique search engine, supporting only resources of specific interest to Haldeman-Julius researchers, collectors and bibliophiles. When you preform a search here you can be certain that every single resource in your results is relevant, informative and substantive.

Articles & Essays

Classifying the Various Pocket Series and Little Blue Book Wrappers by Jason Ramsay-Brown

The research and material that set the stage for our work on the Gallery of Haldeman-Julius Pocket Series and Little Blue Book Wrappers. This four page article outlines the design parameters, elements, and criteria used to classify the Various Pocket Series and Little Blue Book Wrappers into coherant Named Design Styles.

Dating The Appeal's Pocket Series and People's Pocket Series by Jake Gibbs

An outstanding and in-depth exploration of the numerous incarnations of the The Appeal's Pocket Series and People's Pocket Series. Originally published in the Big Blue Newsletter, this version was updated by the author in March 2009. Our special thanks to Mr. Gibbs for allowing us to publish this work on our site.

Dating Little Blue Books by Jake Gibbs

An outstanding and in-depth exploration of the numerous incarnations of the Little Blue Book series. Originally published in the Big Blue Newsletter, this version was updated by the author in March 2009. Our special thanks to Mr. Gibbs for allowing us to publish this work on our site.

Little Blue Book Authors: Torch Bearers in the War on Ignorance!

Our introduction to the Haldeman-Julius stable of authors, complete with a growing inventory of author biographies. New authors are added regularly, and older profiles updated as new facts are discovered.

Common Sense, LBB #50: Research into printing errors by Dr. William P. Palmer

A detailed exploration of the differences between seven copies of Thomas Paine's Common Sense (LBB #50), illustrating how various errors persist across multiple printings. Our special thanks to Dr. Palmer for allowing us to publish this work on our site.

A University in Print: The Marketing of Self-Education

Our tour of some of the more important education-related efforts in Little Blue Book history. Article includes considerable information on Haldeman-Julius' High School Educational Course, the Self Educator and "A University in Print".

Preservation and Care of Little Blue Books

We solicited some frank advice on caring for your collection from a select group of specialists: the curators of some of the most important Haldeman-Julius collections in America.

Reprints

Haldeman-Julius' Enterprise - In His Own Words

A collection of articles written by Emanuel Haldeman-Julius himself, lovingly reproduced from a variety of sources.

The Making of Little Blue Books by Clarice Cunningham

A reproduction of a truly fascinating article which originally appeared in the June 2, 1928 issue of the Haldeman-Julius Weekly. Special thanks to Sharon E. Neet, Professor of History, University of Minnesota, Crookston for providing this article to haldeman-julius.org!

How the Pocket Series Are Made

A reproduction of an article which originally appeared in the April 30, 1921 issue of the Appeal to Reason. Special thanks to Sharon E. Neet, Professor of History, University of Minnesota, Crookston for providing this article to haldeman-julius.org!

Miscellaneous

Scrapbook of Ephemera & Curio

Compiled with Haldeman-Julius collectors in mind, this gallery features photographs and scans of Little Blue Book displays, press equipment, shipping labels, important signatures and other items of similar interest.

Special Collections of Note

Many academic institutions have made a concerted effort to gather substantial collections of Little Blue Books and related materials. These collections serve a vital role in our community, allowing us greater opportunities for exploration and comparison than our personal collections can afford.

Worth Owning

The pursuits of any Haldeman-Julius collector often involves digesting a shocking volume of biographic and bibliographic material. From us to you: a reading list of vital materials that we hope will be of benefit.

Haldeman-Julius Collector Communities

Fans of the Little Blue Books Facebook Group

The Fans of the Little Blue Books group on facebook.com provides a venue for fans and collectors of the Little Blue Books to get to know one another, and discuss our mutual interest. We hope you'll take a moment to join the group.