I was dusting my shelves in our guest bedroom the other day and came across my ever-so-small collection of Nancy Drew books. I only have 6 of them now, and only one is my own (purchased for $1.39 many years ago). Twenty years after my Mom made good on her promise of selling them in a garage sale if I did not take them home with me, I found myself almost without any of these books. So, I decided to replace at least a few of my old books.
I guess I was feeling nostalgic. Why else do we, grown adults, collect toys and books from our childhood? We are, in some way, attempting to recapture some of our innocence. Plus it’s just plain fun!.
I grew up reading these books voraciously. My first book was a Christmas gift and after that I couldn’t get enough of Nancy Drew books. My long – suffering Mom would chastise me for reading and vacuuming at the same time! I read while I was walking to school, I read under the bed covers and I read in my parents’ car even though that gave me motion sickness.
There’s a good web site on all things Nancy ew: http://www.nancydrewsleuth.com/history.html.
This is a comment from that site:
“For over 80 years, Nancy Drew has trail-blazed through generations, her enduring and forever timeless quality a huge part of her appeal. She endured through the depression era of the 1930’s and the war-torn 1940’s when many other series were discontinued and waned in popularity.
Collecting books of any kind requires a bit of research. Such information will help you determine how old a book is. Of course you can read the date the book was published but an even faster way to determine age is to look at the inside leaf of the book. In this example shown here the (blue) pages showing images of Nancy from the covers of her other books indicates that this book is one of the older books. “Nancy’s Mysterious Letter” was published in 1932 and “The Secret of the Old Clock” was published in 1959, yet both have the blue overleaf. “The Bungalow Mystery” shows a cameo drawing (not a particularly good one at that) on the first page and it was published in 1960.
Nancy Drew books are still available, although the stories have been changed a bit to appeal to the more sophisticated tastes of young girls today. You can expect to pay anywhere from $5 to $10 per book at antique sales and stores for the older ones- at least in our part of the world. They make a wonderful collection.
What kinds of things do you collect from your childhood? I’d love to hear about them. Please leave me a comment.