Stringer’s Books and Ephemera

Norm Stringer, Toronto

Originally started in late 1980s as True Crime Ink, we dealt solely in material about ‘true crime.’ Over the years we have evolved and expanded our areas of specialty, and now offer scarce and interesting material outside of true crime – thus the name change to Stringer’s Books and Ephemera. In addition to books (including vintage paperbacks), we also offer posters, programs, and handbills. Of special interest are pre-2000 items relating to Toronto.

Contact Dealer

(416) 467-6610

norm.stringer@rogers.com

1123a Broadview Ave., Apt. 4
Toronto, Ontario M4K2s6
Canada

1.  (Original Early 1960s Wrestling Poster) ST. THOMAS ARENA. THUR. MAY 22nd. GENE KINISKI VS WALTER SNYDER. TIMOTHY GEOHAGEN VS FRED ATKINS. FARMER BOY VS DAN MILLER

Item Price: $350.00 (CAD)

Item Description: (No place): no printer, no date (circa early 1960s).

Card stock poster size is 22″ x 14″.

Condition for this poster is very good with some wear to corners, some edge wear, some light scuffing to the corners, some darkening and soiling along the bottom.

Original wrestling poster for matches at the St. Thomas (Ontario) Arena featuring Gene Kiniski (“Canada’s Greatest Athlete”) vs Wilbur (not Walter, as printed on the poster) Snyder. Kiniski was a former Edmonton Eskimo who ended up making a name for himself on the wrestling circuit. Not dated but probably took place during the early 1960s. Scarce.

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2. (Original 1924 Catalogue Murphy Bed Home Designs) THE MURPHY HOMEBUILDER

Item Price: $195.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Chicago: Murphy Door Bed Company, 1924.

Wrappers, 8” x 10 ¾” in size, 22 pages with illustrations.

A catalogue of home designs produced by the makers of the Murphy Bed (a hideaway bed that became the mainstay of 1920s silent comedies). Each home design has a small half-closet for the Murphy Bed included in the layout. Scarce.

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3. (Local History Book) THE FRENCH AND PICKEREL RIVERS. THEIR HISTORY AND THEIR PEOPLE by William A. Campbell

Item Price: $100.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Sudbury, ON: Journal Printing, no date (ca. early 1990s). Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper.

4to., pebbled cloth, 328 pages with numerous photos (colour and b/w), foldout maps. Small nick front cover at top, light scuff mark top of front cover, otherwise near fine.

A in-depth local history of Ontario’s French and Pickerel Rivers region.

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4. ANNUAL REPORT OF THE CITY ENGINEER OF TORONTO FOR 1903

​Item Price: $675.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Toronto: The Carswell Co. Limited City Printers, 1904. Softcover book, size is 6 3/4″ x 10″; map size is 34″ x 19″.

Softcover book in good+ condition with wear and some fading to covers, wear to bottom left corner, some wear to spine ends, 2″ split along top of spine at front cover, large map has a 2″ tape repair left side of map in the center (see photos).

140 pages with photos and a foldout plan and a large foldout map.

An official city report from the City Engineer of Toronto published in 1904 for the year 1903. This is an in-depth report on the city’s utilities and roadways, there are sections on population, sewage, roadways, street railways, a large map of the city, a plan of the Western Toronto Garbage Crematory. There is also a list of then in use Toronto streets with the year they were first laid and class of pavement.

The highlight of this book though is the large map (34″ x 19″) of Toronto with street names, of course, some of the more prominent buildings, and colour-coded streets to show the type of road covering used (e.g., gravel, asphalt, brick, stone, etc).

A scarce report.

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5. (Photo Book of Finnish Soldiers Stationed in Canada – 1946 – Finnish Language) CANADAN SUOMALAISTEN SOTILAIDEN MUISTOALBUMI

Item Price: $375.00 (CAD)​

Item Description: Sudbury, ON: Vapaus Publishing Co. Ltd., 1946. Staple-bound soft felt covered book, size is 8 1/2″ x 11 3/4″.

Staple-bound book in good only condition with edge wear especially along the right side, wear along the spine, some pages browned.

68 pages with pictures of Finnish soldier and a very brief bio.

A scarce Finnish language photographic album of Finnish soldiers (men and women) stationed throughout Canada (Ontario – 50 pages, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia). There are a few entries without photos.

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6. (Catalogue – Appliances) NATIONAL ELECTRIC HEATING AND COOKING APPLIANCES FOR DOMESTIC AND INDUSTRIAL REQUIREMENTS CATALOGUE “D”. 1921

Item Price: $150.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Toronto: National Electric Heating Co. Ltd., (1921). Softcover embossed cover duo-tang style catalogue is 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″

Condition for this softcover catalogue is about very good with some edge wear, some darkening and soiling to the covers, some wear to covers.

56 pages with photos and illustrations.

A very interesting 1921 catalogue of electrical heating and cooking appliances from this Toronto based company. A lot of company information is available in this catalogue. No prices are printed (in most cases they were printed on separate sheets and distributed with the catalogue and with price increases). Scarce.

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7. (Grand Opening Booklet) GLENDALE. THE THEATRE WITH THE “NEW LOOK”. TORONTO (1947?)

Item Price: $60.00 (CAD)​

Item Description: (Toronto): no publisher, no date (the featured attraction was released in 1947). Booklet size is 9 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.

Condition for this booklet is good with some edge wear, some wear to corners and spine ends, light crease down the middle of the brochure with mark on back cover (see scan), scuffing and soiling to back cover, paperclip mark on back cover.

20 pages with many local ads.

Booklet on the grand opening of the Glendale Theatre in Toronto, many local area ads plus bits of information on the theatre.

8. GREMLINS ON THE JOB by Judy Varga (1943)

Item Price: $275.00 (CAD)

Item Description: London, ON: London Printing & Lithographing Co. Ltd., c. 1943. Card cover book, size is 9″ x 12″.

Condition for this book is a bit better than good+ but not quite very good, interior is clean, front cover has some wear top right corner, and some wear to spine ends and along spine. Still a very nice copy.

24 pages with colour illustrations.

A wonderfully illustrated book on all those mysterious “gremlins” that plague RAF pilots. Published in Canada in 1943.

9. THE STORY OF THE S.S. KEEWATIN by Cindy and Bob Zimmerman.

Item Price: $75.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Leslie, MI: Wildflower Publishing, 2013. Revised originally published in 2002.
Softcover book, size is 11″ x 8 1/2″.

Condition for this softcover book is near fine with slight edge wear, slight wear to corners and spine ends.

158 pages with photos.

Story of the S.S. Keewatin former passenger ship now floating museum in Port McNicoll, Ontario, Canada.

10. (Cover title:) SYMBOL OF AIR SUPREMACY. RCA VICTOR COMPANY (1941 RCAF)

Item Price: $65.00 (CAD)

Item Description: (Montreal): RCA Victor Co., (1941). Pictorial wrapper booklet, size is 6″ x 9″.
Condition for this booklet is near fine with slight edge wear, slight wear to corners and spine ends.

12 pages with colour and b/w illustrations.

RCA Canada booklet on the RCAF, the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, types of planes and patches, with an RCA radio ad inside back cover. Includes unused mailing envelope.

11. (Cover title:) THE TAILORED WOMAN BY TIP TOP TAILORS (1947 Catalogue)

Item Price: $165.00 (CAD)

Item Description: (Canada): no publisher, c. 1947. Plastic spiral bound store catalogue, size is 10 1/2″ x 13 1/2″.

Condition of this spiral bound sales catalogue with card covers is good+ with some edge wear, some wear to corners, some smudging spotting to bottom 1/5 of the front cover, some light scuffing to pages.

30 pages with b/w photos

A scarce in-store women’s clothing store catalogue from Tip Top Tailors of Canada.

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12. (Catalogue – Appliances) BANNER STOVES CATALOGUE No. 9. THE GALT STOVE AND FURNACE COMPANY (Circa 1915 to 1920s)

Item Price: $150.00 (CAD)

Item Description: (Galt, ON): Galt Stove and Furnace Co., no date (ca. 1915-1920s?). Softcover staple-bound catalogue, size is 7 1/2″ x 10 3/4″.

Softcover catalogue is in very good condition with the “B” in Banner on the front cover title worn at the top, some wear to corners and spines, some soiling to covers, light foxing to the first few and last few pages.

52 pages with illustrations, no price list.

Original stove and furnace catalogue from Galt Stove and Furnace Company, based in, of course, Galt Ontario Canada. Scarce.

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13. (Sports Newspaper 1932 – First Issue) CANADIAN SPORTS WEEKLY. THE NEWS BEHIND THE NEWS. VOL. 1; NO. 1. Saturday, June 4th, 1932

​Item Price: $185.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Toronto: Sports Weekly, 1932. Newspaper, size is 12 1/4″ x 17″.

Condition for this newspaper is good only with cheap newsprint tanned, fold mark across middle, chips and small tears to edges. Complete and very readable. Will be shipped folded.

90 pages with photos, 8 pages of maps in the centre.

First issue of this (short-lived?) Toronto-based sports newspaper, with articles on Maple Leaf Gardens, boxing, baseball and more. Contributors included Ted Reeve, Lou Marsh, J.E. Fitzgerald, Eddie Allen, Mike Rodden, and Charlie Good.

With articles on Tom “Kid” Goodman, a Canadian war hero set to train with Jack Dempsey, and more (example: on the back page there is a photo of Jean Harlow who, according to the caption, was booed by some of the Toronto crowd for showing up late). Scarce.

Newspaper will be shipped folded.

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14. CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY. AN APPEAL TO PUBLIC OPINION AGAINST THE RAILWAY BEING CARRIED ACROSS THE SELKIRK RANGE, THAT ROUTE BEING OBJECTIONABLE FROM THE DANGER OF FALLS FROM GLACIERS AND FROM AVALANCHES ALSO, GENERALLY ON OTHER MATTERS. By Philo. Veritas.

Item Price: $600.00 (CAD)​

Item Description: Montreal: Wm. Drysdale & Co., 1885. Original wrappers, size is 6 1/4″ x 9 1/4″, map size is 21″ x 16 1/2″.

Original wrappers in good+ condition with 1″ chip to base of spine which extend for a 1/2″ to the back cover, some wear to top of spine and corners, 1″ tear to front cover at top left side near spine. There is a 1 1/2″ tear to map at top at center fold. Still though a nice copy.

100 pages with fold-out map.

Original publication from 1885 on the possible dangers that Canada’s first transcontinental railroad faces with the location of the CPR railroad route across the Selkirk Range in south-eastern British Columbia. This route, according to the author, is dangerous due to glaciers and avalanches. Also included is a map showing the “proposed diversion … to avoid avalanches”.

The author, Philo Veritas, a pseudonym (veritas in Latin means “truth”), I haven’t been able to identify.

A scarce and an important document on Canadian railroad history.

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15. (True Crime Magazine) REWARD. TRUE CRIME CASES. MAY, 1955 (“Confessions of a Carnival Girl”)

Item Price: $75.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Magazine is in near fine condition with slight edge wear, some tanning to paper.

Small digest from 1955 with true crime stories “Confessions of a Carnival Girl”, “They Killed the President” about Panamanian President Jose Remon, “Two Gun Crowley”, and more.

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16. MY PRIVATE DIARY by Rudolph Valentino with an introduction by Michael A. Romano.

Item Price: $185.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Chicago: Occult Publishing, 1929. First printing. 8vo., card covers, 313 pages. With illustrations.

Book is in very good condition with slight edge wear, slight wear to corners, some wear to the bottom of the spine, some creasing along the spine, some soiling to back cover.

A collection of articles originally serialized in issues of “Movie Weekly” during Valentino’s life, he died in 1926. Most copies are of the hardcover edition, this softcover (card covered) edition is scarce.

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17. (Magazine) SPACEMEN. JUNE 1964. NUMBER 8

Item Price: $65.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Philadelphia: Warren Publishing Co., 1964.

Magazine, glossy paper covers newsprint style pages, 66 pages.

Magazine is a bit better than very good+ but not quite near fine condition, with some tanning to pages, a bit of darkening to the front cover top right corner (in the right side of “N”). Great colour cover.

1960s science fiction magazine from the publisher of “Famous Monsters of Filmland”, with articles on “The Fahrenheit Chronicles” by Ray Bradbury; part 1 of a 2 part novelization of “20 Million Miles to Earth”; part 3 (conclusion) of the novelization of “Metropolis”, and more.

18. (Magazine) SOCIETY. MONTREAL. NOVEMBER 27, 1921. (A magazine devoted to the upper crust of Montreal, and, to a lesser extent, the rest of Canada).

Item Price: $175.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Montreal: Wheeler-Reid Publishing Co., 1921. 4to., wrappers, 72 pages with photos and local ads.

Condition for this magazine is good+ with soiling and wear to the covers and the odd page (first and last page have soiling), some wear to corners and spine ends, light crease down middle, some wear along the spine. Still a nice copy of this scarce magazine.

The fourth issue of this high-society magazine published, and for the most part about, Montreal. With sections titled “Society Note”, “Social Calendar”, “The House Beautiful”, “Fashion’s Fancy”, “Women’s Clubs”, “Social Welfare”, “Music”, and much more, even the ads are directed at the well-off (furs, Rolls-Royce, etc). I can’t find any other copies online, nor listed on worldcat.org.

Most of the articles and ads are in English, a couple are in French.

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19. (Original Sales Brochure) STUDEBAKER DELIVERY CARS SALES BROCHURE (Late 1920s)

Item Price: $275.00 (CAD)​

Item Description: South Bend, IN: Studebaker Corporation of America, no date (ca. late 1920s).

Original sales brochure, size is folded closed 11 ½” x 8”, fully opened size is 17” x 23”, single sheet printed on both sides. The brochure was meant to be folded closed and then mailed with one panel containing the mailing address and sender information.

Condition for this brochure is better than very good but not quite near fine, with fold marks from left to right and top to bottom, some wear to corners, minor soiling, slightly uneven trim along the bottom probably done when original opened, colour side is still very vibrant.

A scarce, original sales brochure from the Studebaker Corporation promoting their “delivery cars” (small trucks) with a wonderful full colour illustration on the reverse.

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20. (Original Sales Brochure) WARRENITE-BITULITHIC PAVEMENT. CANADIAN BUILT OF CANADIAN MATERIALS (Early 1930s)

Item Price: $75.00 (CAD)​

Item Description: Toronto: Warren Bituminous Paving Company Ltd., no date (early 1930s). Staple bound brochure, size is 10″ x 8″, 24 pages with photos.

Softcover brochure in about very good condition with some light staining to front cover along bottom right, back cover has light dampstain, last page has light dampstain as well with small scrap to bottom left corner of page.

A scarce advertising brochure from the Warren Bituminous Paving Company established in 1902 in Toronto. The brochure is, for the most part, a collection of photos (some are dated from 1907 to 1930) presenting the company’s work done in various cities and highways throughout Canada.

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21. (1913 Merchandise Catalogue) HOWLAND’S MONTHLY BULLETIN. MAY 1913.

​Item Price: $75.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Toronto: H. S. Howland, Sons & Co., 1913. 4to., wrappers, 48 pages with illustrations.

Condition is about very good with a small scrape to the front cover, label remnants front cover, two small scrapes to the back cover.

Monthly catalogue of merchandise from Toronto based H. S. Howland, Sons & Company, wholesale hardware merchants.

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22. (Three UNUSED Silk-Screen Bumper Stickers) ST. THOMAS DRIVE-IN THEATRE Bumper Stickers.

Item Price: $75.00 (CAD)​

Item Description: No printer identified, no date (circa 1970s?). Two are 15” x 4”, one is 14” x 3 ¾”. All there are in very good condition, some darkening along the edges, slight wear to corners, a bit of darkening to the back.

Three original bumper stickers from the St. Thomas (Ontario) Drive-In theatre. Not much information is available on this drive-in, however I am informed that it did exist.

Listing is for all three.

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23. THE HISTORY OF THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD IN CHEYENNE. A PICTORIAL ODYSSEY TO THE MECCA OF STEAM by ROBERT DARWIN.

Item Price: $295.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Carmel Valley, CA: Express Press Limited, 1987. First edition. Large oblong 4to. (size is 11 ½” x 16”), cloth with dustwrapper, 386 pages with numerous photos. Comes with original mailing box.

Former owner’s name on reverse of front free endpaper, former owner’s embossed stamp (two) on title page, otherwise near fine with dustwrapper.

“What is presented here is a compelling visual narrative of the pre-eminent railroad of the West and of the great terminal it built on the Wyoming plain… Many of the photographs are nearly discovered or published here for the first time. As a consequence, this book is more informative and more unlike any of the others that have come before it. That such a large amount of previously-unpublished material should have existed to this day will come as a surprise to many; that the author was able to compile so much of it into a single volume and present it with such obvious delight should be a joy for all to appreciate.”

A very large and heavy book so shipping will be high.

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24. WILLIAM HENRY JACKSON’S ROCKY MOUNTAIN RAILROAD ALBUM. STEAM AND STEEL ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE.

Item Price: $300.00 (CAD)​

Item Description: Introductory Remarks by Terry Wm. Mangan. Photography Captions by Russ Collman and Dell A. McCoty. Edited by Jackson C. Thode.

Silverton, CO: Sundance Publications, Ltd., 1976. Limited edition of 3,000 copies. Elephant folio (24 1/2″ x 17 3/4″), 5 pages of text, 76 full page photos.

As with most copies of the massive book there is bubbling along the edges of the black leather spine, there is a bit of separation between some pages again due to the weight of this volume, some scuffing light scratches to the front cover near the top. Former owner’s name in pen front free endpaper and embossed stamps (2) on the title page. Still a nice copy.

“William Henry Jackson’s ‘Rocky Mountain Railroad Album’ truly is a mammoth spectacular — dedicated to the great ‘Picture Maker of the Old West’ and his matchless glass-plate railroad photography.”

A special U.S. Bicentennial Commemorative Edition of William Henry Jackson’s glass-plate railroad photography.

A very large and heavy book so shipping will be high.

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25. 1950 TCA Employee News Journals BETWEEN OURSELVES (A collection of 9 issues plus a special issue on Winnipeg flood).

Item Price: $145.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Montreal: Trans Canada Airlines, 1950. 9” x 6” wrappers, most issues are 20 pages (one is 24 and another 28). Illustrated.

One issue has a bit of darkening to the covers (June) otherwise they are all in fine condition.

A collection of 9 issues of BETWEEN OURSELVES the employee news journal of the Trans Canada Airline (renamed to Air Canada). Each issue contains information about the airline, helpful hints, company events, etc. Also included is a single special issue “Hell and High Water” on the experiences of TCA employees during the Winnipeg area flooding of May and June 1950 (8 pages including wrappers).

A scarce collection.

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26. (Magazines) TORONTO LIFE ISSUES NO. 1 and 2. November 1966 and December 1966

Item Price: $135.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Toronto: Toronto Life & About Town Publ. Ltd., 1966. Magazine size is 9 1/4″ x 12″. The first issue is 82 pages, the second issue is 66 pages.

Condition for the first issue is near fine with slight edge wear, slight wear to corners and spine ends, a few creases along the spine. The second issue is in very good condition with some wear along the spine, small stain back cover, light creases to the covers, still a nice copy.

First two issues of the still published Toronto Life magazine. The first issue has a photo of Barbara Amiel on the cover, the second has Gordon Sinclair. Both issues contain articles on and relating to Toronto along with what is happening in the city. Articles on Punch Imlach, the Jarvis family, curling, Morton Shulman, and more.

Listing is for BOTH issues.

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27. (Canadian Pacific) THE ONTARIO AND QUEBEC RAILWAY by Donald M. Wilson

Item Price: $150.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Belleville, ON: Mika Publishing, 1984. Hardcover with dustjacket, book size is 8 1/4″ x 11 1/2″. 262 pages with photos.

Book has a small gift inscription in pen on first page otherwise is in
fine condition with dustjacket.

A history of the development of the Canadian Pacific System in Southern Ontario.
A scarce railroad book.

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28. (Original Wrestling Poster – UK) 1977 WRESTLING CATS WHISKERS (MECCA) FISHERGATE YORK. WEDNESDAY 15th JUNE. BEST OF TODAY’S TOP TV STARS … BIG DADDY vs PORK CHOP DEAN… DYNAMITE KID

Item Price: $95.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Derbyshire, UK: Bailey & Sons Ltd., 1977.

Paper poster size is 22″ x 14″.

Condition for this poster is good+ with fold marks (horizontal and vertical), some wear to corners along with tape remnant marks, some edge wear, some darkening and soiling along the bottom.

Original wrestling poster from 1977 for matches taking place in the UK. Interesting to note that one of the participants is Thomas Billington the “Dynamite Kid” who was just 18 at the time.

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29. (Original Movie Pressbook) HELL’S ANGELS ’69. “The original Hell’s Angels led by Sonny Barger and Terry the Tramp shake up Las Vegas!”

Item Price: $85.00 (CAD)

Item Description: National Screen Services, 1969. Staple-bound brochure (size is 17” x 11”), 12 pages (including covers).

Condition for this pressbook is very good+ with fold mark across the centre, slight edge wear, slight wear to corners and spine ends.

Pressbooks were advertising brochures sent directly to theatre owners from the period around 1910 through to the 1970s (they were replaced by the more elaborate presskits). The main distributor of pressbooks during this time was the National Screen Service (NSS). On occasion a pressbook could contain film info for a double feature but the vast majority of pressbooks were dedicated to a single film. The pressbook would contain examples of available posters, lobby cards (which they could order from NSS), and prepared newspaper articles that the theatre owner could clip out and send to the local newspapers (so be careful when buying, some pressbooks could have cutouts). Some of these pressbooks also contained ideas on promoting the film, usually the cheaper the film the more ideas to promote.

This pressbook is complete (NO cuts), contains a synopsis of the film, a full page of newspaper articles, examples of various posters and lobby cards, promotion ideas (including the awfully bad idea of “a tie-in with a local motorcycle club…”).

The film, “Hell’s Angels ’69”, featured founder of the notorious Oakland chapter, “The original Hell’s Angels led by Sonny Barger and Terry the Tramp shake up Las Vegas!”.

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30. (Canadian True Crime Magazine) TRUE BOOTLEG CRIME CASES. NO. 10. (Stories on Chicago Gang Land, Al Capone…)

Item Price: $125.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Toronto: Norman Publishing Co., no date (ca. 1946-49). Magazine size is 8 1/4″ x 11″, 64 pages with photos.

Magazine condition is about very good with edge wear, some wear to corners and spine ends, some wear along spine, cheap paper tanned, some darkening around staples, some light dampstaining inside front and rear covers, but still a very nice copy of this scarce Canadian true crime magazine.

Scarce Canadian true crime magazine published just after World War 2, hence the cheap paper. Stories on Chicago Gang Land, Al Capone, Frank Nitti and more. Magazine was published in Toronto by Norman Publishing Company located at 95 King Street East.

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