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Emanuel and Marcet Haldeman-Julius

Emanuel and Marcet Haldeman-Julius
Date: 1925
A postcard showing Emanuel and Marcet Haldeman-Julius with Clarence Darrow in Girard, Kansas. The photograph was taken after the Scopes trial.


Haldeman-Julius printing company in Girard, Kansas

Haldeman-Julius printing company in Girard, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1960
This is a photograph showing women working at the Haldeman-Julius printing company in Girard, Kansas. In 1919 Emanuel and Marcet Haldeman-Julius purchased Appeal to Reason and its printing plant in Girard, Kansas. The Haldeman-Juliuses wrote and published their own work, including the novel Dust, published in 1921. They also began publishing what became known as the Little Blue Books: 3 ½ by 5-inch reprints of classical, educational, biographical, and other literature with heavy-paper covers. Originally the books were 25 cents each, but with mass advertising and greater volume, the price was reduced to a dime, later to a nickel. From 1919 until 1951, the Haldeman-Julius Press of Girard, printed more than 500,000,000 of the famous Little Blue Books in over 6,000 different titles.


Haldeman-Julius print shop in Girard, Kansas

Haldeman-Julius print shop in Girard, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1960
This is a photograph of the printing room at the Haldeman-Julius publishing company in Girard, Kansas. In 1919 Emanuel and Marcet Haldeman-Julius purchased Appeal to Reason and its printing plant in Girard, Kansas. The Haldeman-Juliuses wrote and published their own work, including the novel Dust, published in 1921. They also began publishing what became known as the Little Blue Books: 3 ½ by 5-inch reprints of classical, educational, biographical, and other literature with heavy-paper covers. Originally the books were 25 cents each, but with mass advertising and greater volume, the price was reduced to a dime, later to a nickel. From 1919 until 1951, the Haldeman-Julius Press of Girard, printed more than 500,000,000 of the famous Little Blue Books in over 6,000 different titles.


The key to culture

The key to culture
Creator: Haldeman-Julius, E. (Emanuel), 1888-1951
Date: 1928
Book edited by Emmanuel Haldeman-Julius of Girard, Kansas, describing the cultural distinctiveness of Buddhism and Confusionism found in Indian and Chinese society. Due to copyright restrictions, only the cover of the book is available in Kansas Memory at this time.


World's famous books

World's famous books
Date: Between 1920 and 1935
An advertisement for books published by Emanuel and Marcet Haldeman-Julius, Girard, Kansas. The Little Blue Books were 3 ½ by 5-inch reprints of classical, educational, biographical, and other literature with heavy-paper covers. Originally the books were 25 cents each, but with mass advertising and greater volume, the price was reduced to a dime, later to a nickel. Haldeman-Julius devoted his life to crusading against "bigotry and bunk. prejudices and fanaticism." He believed that the life of the average American was harmed by political, economic, and religious restriction designed to promote inequality. One of his purposes for publishing the Little Blue Books was to inform people about things those in power did not want them to know--self-improvement, birth control, the hypocrisy of religion, and similar topics.


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