The 1930s and 50s Books

Did you ever read the Nancy Drew books? If so, were they the originals, blue with an illustrated dust cover from the 1930s? Or were the yellow, shorter, and from the 1950s or later? The yellow ones were certainly more popular — at least when I talked about the books and hunted for them at the library and book stores (or even antique stores). These were the revised stories, modernized for the post-war era. The stories are a bit different, where race was treated poorly, it was corrected in the yellow books, for example, among other changes.

For more comparison and insight, check out this great article on Marie Claire about the Nancy Drew books!


Do you have a preference?

Today’s Trivia question is from Nancy Drew: Secret of the Scarlet Hand. Remember the answer?


-Little Jackalope

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12 responses to “The 1930s and 50s Books”

  1. Cole says:

    Why are you ignoring my comments?

    • Little Jackalope says:

      Hi Cole, I’m not ignoring your comments. I just don’t have a different answer for you than I have been sharing with the other commenters. 🙁

  2. Will says:

    Can’t you guys give LJ some space? She’s already assured all of us she’ll share info as soon as she can/has some to share. D:
    We all know HeR isn’t going to just stop making games, it’ll come out! Whether it’s this year or the next we’ll all love, I’m sure of that. 😀

    Anyways, I’ve read every single one of the yellow books I could get my hands on 🙂
    But I’ve been unsuccessful in tracking down the blue covers.

  3. Linda says:

    You forgot to post the weekend puzzle answer.

  4. Shelby says:

    The books I knew really well were the yellow ones. I always loved being able to easily find the section in libraries. Nancy Drew = Yellow / Hardy Boys = Blue. Easy Peasy!

    I had no idea they made changes between the different releases. Makes you wonder if they’ll do it again or just keep them the way they are as a snapshot to an older time.

    Do we get the solution for the last weekend puzzle? I was stumped!

  5. Cole says:

    Ok, thanks for letting me know.

  6. Tracy says:

    I actually own one of the books with the blue bindings. I bought it from a local used bookstore. They are really hard to come by, but I also found a few Dana Girl mysteries as well. I found some simple ways to tell if the book is revised or not. I just look for how many chapters are in the book and if there are thirty, then it is unrevised.

  7. Lily says:

    It doesn’t matter if it’s from 1936 or 2016 – if it’s a Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys book, I will read it!

  8. Nancy says:


    I own most of the original books.

  9. Prairie says:

    I have read a few of the yellow back books and I have been trying to expand my collection!

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