Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Afternoon Potluck: Vintage dust jacket and a Motor Girls book cover

Here are a couple more items that have been scanned for posterity, as I do some sorting and cleaning this week...

Above: I love the deep greens and rolling hills in this illustrated dust jacket for Chard Powers Smith's 1939 novel "Artillery of Time." The weighty tome tells the tale of a New York state farmer in the 1850s and 1860s dealing with the country's dual marches toward industrialization and the Civil War.

At right: And here's the fabulous front cover of 1910's "The Motor Girls on a Tour." The Motor Girls were another series within the Stratemeyer Syndicate.

(Alas, the Motor Girls appear to have been less popular than the Motor Boys.)

The listed author is Margaret Penrose, but that was a Stratemeyer Syndicate house pseudonym used for several different series.

Many of the "Margaret Penrose" books were written by Lilian Garis, the wife of Howard R. Garis (of Uncle Wiggily fame).

Here's a final closeup of the Motor Girls as they motor off on an adventure...


  1. HOLY COW ... I love that Motor Girls cover!

  2. I'm sure I've told you that your Great-Grandmother was the first woman in the state of Delaware to be arrested for speeding (down an alley in Wilmington going about 20 mph...her father,a lawyer, got her out of it). Probably around the same time this book was published.......!