The Bradys and the Broker’s Double; or, Trapping a Wall Street Trickster.
Wall Street investors, “tricksters,” and New York City detectives
Dime novel for boys set amidst the hustling world of Wall Street investors, confidence “tricksters,” and New York City detectives. Does the stock broker have a double? Is he his twin? Find out when you read this week’s adventure: The Bradys and the Broker’s Double; or Trapping a Wall Street Trickster.
The color illustrated cover of the dime novel depicts the dramatic climax in the story’s final chapter where the identical looking men finally meet. The illustration’s caption captures the flavor of the dime novel drama:
“Oh my! Twin brothers!” cried Miss Miles, throwing up her hands. “The two dromios!” remarked Harry with a smile. “Mr. Maxwell, let me make you acquainted with Mr. Maxwell,” said old King Brady, quietly closing the office door.
The complete Wall Street adventure story appears in this one issue published in Frank Tousey, Publisher’s serial, Secret Service, Old and Young King Brady, Detectives. This dime novel series was published in New York from around 1899 to 1925.¹
This issue also contains curious anecdotes, short news articles of current interest, two chapters from the serialized boys’ popular fiction story, “That Boy Ben” or Fighting for His Father’s Business by Tom Fox, and a short story by Horace Appleton, Romanoff, The Outlaw. Four pages of ads for novelties and other dime novels published by Frank Tousey, Publisher round out the issue.
Frank Tousey, Publisher was started by Frank Tousey (1853–1902) and was later taken over by his brother, Sinclair Tousey, Jr. They were the nephews of Sinclair Tousey (1815–1887), founder in 1864 of the American News Company, which became the leading United States magazine, newspaper, and book distributor. The Tousey brothers’ company, which carried on after their deaths, published over 40 magazines, periodicals, and dime novel series including the popular series Boys of New York, Work and Win, and Young Men of America.
Boys’ detective story about Wall Street brokers and tricksters in New York City, a fragile pulp, dime novel survivor.
Description: The Bradys and the Broker’s Double; or, Trapping a Wall Street Trickster.
New York: Frank Tousey Publisher, March 5, 1920. 28, [4 (ads)]pp. Dime Novel. 11 x 7¾ inches. Color illustrated wrappers; pulp paper; stapled. Serial publication “No. 1102” published in the Secret Service, Old and Young King Brady, Detectives series. Upper wrapper detached with some losses at edges; one bifoliate signature loosened; minor losses along edges of some leaves; fair.
1. Series - Secret Service. Old and Young King Brady, Detectives - The Dime Novel Bibliography accessed online February 2015. 2. Publisher - Frank Tousey - The Dime Novel Bibliography accessed online February 2015.