The American Boy

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The American Boy
July 1923 Issue
CategoriesBoy's magazine
First issueNovember 1899 (1899-11)
Final issueAugust 1941
CompanySprague Publishing Co.
Country United States
Based in Detroit, Michigan

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 year's 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]

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