The American Boy (magazine)

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The American Boy
American Boy (magazine).jpg
Categories Boy's magazine
Frequency Monthly
First issue November 1899 (1899-11)
Final issue August 1941
Company Sprague Publishing Co.
Country United States
Based in Detroit, Michigan
Language English

The American Boy was a monthly magazine published by The Sprague Publishing Co. of Detroit, Michigan from November 1899 to August 1941.[1] At the time it was the largest magazine for boys, with a circulation of 300,000,[2] and it featured action stories and advertising for the young boy.

In 1911 a copy cost $0.10, and a years subscription was $1.00. Format was 16" high by 12" wide. Founded by William C. Sprague of the Detroit-based Sprague Publishing Company in 1900, Griffith Ogden Ellis took over as president and editor in 1908.[3] J. Cotner Jr. was secretary and treasurer; H.D. Montgomerie was managing editor and Clarence Budington Kelland was assistant editor. In 1929, Ellis merged the magazine with its rival, Youth's Companion,[2] and in 1939 he sold his interest to his business manager, Elmer Presley Grierson.[4] Franklin M. Reck was managing editor from 1936 to 1941.[5]


  1. ^ "Advertisement for The American Boy". National Museum of American History. Smithsonian Institution. Archived from the original on April 1, 2010. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "The Press: Boys". Time. August 12, 1929. Retrieved November 15, 2009.
  3. ^ Compendium of the History and Biography of the City of Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan. Chicago: Henry Taylor & Co. 1909. pp. 399–400. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
  4. ^ "The Press: Willie to Skeeter to John". Time. March 27, 1939. Retrieved November 15, 2009.
  5. ^ "American Boy, The", Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, retrieved November 27, 2013

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