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Nickel Weeklies first appeared in 1866 after the Civil War as magazine-style publications with stories similar to dime novels. These adventure stories were typically marketed to young, blue-collar boys with topics that included westerns, sports, adventure, mystery, and romance. Many of these had recurring heroes or characters which appeared in the series regularly.

The Browne Popular Culture Library has an extensive collection of Nickel Weeklies, with well over 1000 issues (spanning many titles) available, many of which are digitized in their entirety and available in the OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons (DRC) for reading.

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