Oliver Optic's Magazine: Our Boys and Girls

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Oliver Optic's Magazine:
Our Boys and Girls
June 1870
EditorWilliam Taylor Adams ("Oliver Optic")
CategoriesChildren's magazine
FrequencyWeekly (January 1867-1870)
Monthly (1871-December 1875)
Circulation100,000 (in 1870)
PublisherLee & Shepard
First issueJanuary 5, 1867
Final issueDecember 1875 (as Oliver Optic's Magazine)
CountryUnited States
Based inBoston, Massachusetts

Oliver Optic's Magazine: Our Boys and Girls (sometimes, Oliver Optic's Magazine) was a 19th-century American weekly children's magazine. It was edited by boys' book writer, William Taylor Adams. Adams used the pen name "Oliver Optic". At its demise in December 1875, it was being published monthly. It became the most popular children's monthly in the United States.[1]

The magazine was published in Boston, Massachusetts by Lee & Shepard. Publication began in January 1867. It had a nine year run, folding in December 1875. A 16-page single copy cost 6 cents; a yearly subscription was $2.50. Issues were reprinted in 1872 as Our Boys and Girls Mirror.[2]

Contents included puzzles, rebuses, exercises in declamation with illustrations of appropriate gestures, dialogues, etc. Adams' serial story, Our Starry Flag, brought forth at least 100 letters from the magazine's readers. Adams felt compelled to write another story featuring the same characters — in order not to "disappoint his young friends". The magazine was hugely popular.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Dorchester Atheneum: William Taylor Adams". Archived from the original on 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  2. American children’s periodicals, 1861-1872: Oliver Optics Magazine: Our Boys and Girls
  3. Kensinger, Faye Riter, Children of the Series and How They Grew: Or a Century of Heroines & Heroes ..., University of Wisconsin Press, p. 15