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115 WIld West Weekly
 

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115 WIld West Weekly

“At home he showed a fondness for the Motor Boys books and rarely missed an issue of Wild West Weekly,”  The little boy in Ragtime is of particular interest throughout the book.  Frequently singled out by his exceptional gifts, but being a reader of WIld West Weekly was quite common for his time period.

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Starting off as a dime novel in 1902 the stirring western drama quickly gained loyal readers.  Created by Frank Tousey Wild West Weekly told stories of western justice and the heroes who inspire them.  Tousey was born into the print business proceeded by his father, Sinclair Tousey who unfortunately was found in his home with the gas on.  This wasn't the only untimely death in the Tousey family.  Following Frank Touseys' death in 1902 of pleurisy his brother Sinclair Tousey Jr. gained control of the Frank Tousey company.  The majority shareholder in the Frank Tousey company became his widow.  Following her death on her honeymoon with George Gordon Hastings a New York lawyer, Sinclair contested her will and the majority shares.  Sinclair lost the lawsuit following the pattern of his family's incredibly ill-fated history.  Wild West Weekly found a way to live on after the Tousey family.  In 1927 the Street & Smith publishing company bought the magazine and began printing it with the help of numerous writers of its own.            

 

sources

http://www.pulpwriter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=56&Itemid=67

http://john-adcock.blogspot.com/2011/03/frank-tousey-1853-1902.html


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