Sunday, April 28, 2013

Happy Birthday, Nancy Drew!

     Today is the 83rd anniversary of the Nancy Drew series! 83 years ago, there were only three different N.D. books and they were all part of the same series. Since then, Nancy has solved over 600 mysteries in books, on tv shows, in movies, and more! Here is a timeline of the things that have happened through the Nancy Drew years:
  • 1862 - Edward Stratemeyer is born.
  • 1892 - Harriet Stratemeyer is born.
  • 1893 - Russell H. Tandy is born.
  • 1895 - Edna Stratemeyer is born.
  • 1898 - Walter Karig is born.
  • 1905 - Edward Stratemeyer starts the Stratemeyer Syndicate, Mildred Augustine is born.
  • 1911 - Bill Gillies is born.
  • 1915 - Harriet Stratemeyer marries Russell Vroom Adams.
  • 1918 - Mildred Augustine's first short story is published.
  • 1918 - Mildred Augustine's first published work, The Courtesy, wins a silver badge.
  • 1923 - Rudy Nappi is born. Bonita Granville is born.
  • 1925 - Millie begins her career in writing.
  • 1926 - Mildred Augustine begins working for the Stratemeyer Syndicate.
  • 1928 - Mildred Augustine marries Asa A. Wirt.
  • 1929 - Nancy Drew is created and Mildred Wirt is hired to write the books.
  • 1930 - The Nancy Drew series debuts. Edward Stratemeyer passes away.
  • 1931 - Bess Marvin & George Fayne are introduced.
  • 1932 - Nancy meets Ned Nickerson, Walter Karig writes Nancy's Mysterious Letter. (this is the first change in authors for the series).
  • 1933 - Macy's sells 6,000 Nancy Drew books during the Christmas season!
  • 1934 - Millie continues to write the Nancy Drew books, The Clue of the Broken Locket, is released with its mysterious cover art.
  • 1935 - Nancy solves The Message in the Hollow Oak, her first case set outside of the U.S.A.
  • 1937 - Togo is introduced, The frontspiece becomes the only glossy internal illustration in the books.
  • 1938 - Nancy Drew makes her first movie appearance.
  • 1939 - Three more Nancy Drew movies are released. Also, Mildred A. Wirt Benson's busiest year. She wrote 13 books.
  • 1940 - Nancy's cat Snowball makes her one and only appearance (#17).
  • 1941 - Paper frontspieces are used instead of glossy's.
  • 1947 - Mildred A. Wirt's husband, Asa A. Wirt, passes away.
  • 1949 - Russell H. Tandy stops illustrating the Nancy Drew books.
  • 1950 - Bill Gillies begins illustrating the Nancy Drew books. Mildred A. Wirt marries George A. Benson.
  • 1953 - Mildred Benson stops writing the Nancy Drew series, Rudy Nappi begins illustrating the Nancy Drew books. Pamela Sue Martin is born.
  • 1956 - Walter Karig passes away.
  • 1959 - The revisions for books 1-34 begin, the cameo books begin releasing.
  • 1960 - The last six cameo books are published.
  • 1961 - Russell H. Tandy passes away. Dust jackets are no longer used..
  • 1973 - The Nancy Drew Cookbook is released.
  • 1974 - Edna Stratemeyer ?Squier? passes away.
  • 1977 - Nancy Drew Makes her first television appearance. The revisions of books 1-34 are complete.
  • 1978 - Janet Louise Johnson replaces Pamela Sue Martin as Nancy Drew in The Nancy Drew Hardy Boys Mysteries. Nancy Drew is cut out of The Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Mysteries TV show, the show is renamed The Hardy Boys Mysteries.
  • 1979 - The Classic Nancy Drew series ends, Simon & Schuster begin publishing Nancy Drew books, The Digest Series begins. The Hardy Boys Mysteries TV show ends.
  • 1981 - Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys appear in their first book together.
  • 1982 - Harriet Stratemeyer Adams passes away.
  • 1984 - Simon & Schuster publishers purchases the Stratemeyer Syndicate, the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Be a Detective series debuts.
  • 1985 - The first David Farah's first Farah's Guide book is published, the last of the Be a Detective books are published.
  • 1986 - The Nancy Drew Files series launches.
  • 1988 - The Nancy Drew Hardy Boys Super Mysteries is published. In the Files series, Nancy gets engaged, but not to Ned! The marriage never takes place. Bonita Granville passes away.
  • 1989 - The River Heights series debuts.
  • 1990 - March 6, the very first Nancy Drew play!
  • 1992 - The River Heights series ends.
  • 1993 - The Nancy Drew Conference is held in Iowa.
  • 1994 - The Nancy Drew Notebooks series is published.
  • 1995 - The second Nancy Drew television series airs and the On Campus series debuts.
  • 1997 - The Nancy Drew Files Series ends.
  • 1998 - The Nancy Drew Hardy Boys Super Mysteries and the On Campus series ends, HeR Interactive releases their first Nancy Drew computer game.
  • 2000 - Bill Gillies Dies.
  • 2001 - The first Nancy Drew Convention is held in Toledo, Ohio.
  • 2002 - Mildred A. Wirt Benson passes away, A pilot for a new Nancy Drew tv series airs, but is not picked up as a tv series, the first Nancy Drew audio books are released.
  • 2003 - The Nancy Drew Digest Paperbacks series ends.
  • 2004 - The Nancy Drew Girl Detective Series begins.
  • 2005 - The Nancy Drew Graphic novels are released, the Nancy Drew notebooks series ends.
  • 2006 - The Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew series is published, The Sleuth, a magazine all about Nancy Drew is published for the first time (Sep/Oct).
  • 2007 - The fifth Nancy Drew movie is released.
  • 2010 - The Nancy Drew Graphic novels end, new case files series begins.
  • 2011 - The Nancy Drew Paper Dolls are released, the New Case Files end, HeR Interactive releases their 25th ND computer game, a special edition that was their first game set in River Heights. HeR Interactive also releases a Nancy Drew app into the iTunes store that is based on their game, The Secret of Shadow Ranch.
  • 2012 - The Nancy Drew Girl Detective series ends, a second set of Nancy Drew Paper Dolls comes out, this time featuring Nancy, Bess, George, Ned, and even Togo! Clue Crew graphic novels are published for the first time.
  • 2013 - The Nancy Drew Diaries series debuts and SiennaRose starts the All About Nancy Drew Blog ;)

Wow, that was really long! Thanks to Jennifer Fisher from for her timeline! I checked it often to make sure I wasn't forgetting anything! Thanks for reading! I hope we will get to see a lot more of Nancy in the future!


Random Fact of the Week: The typewriter that Mildred A. Wirt Benson used to write Nancy Drew books is now in the Smithsonian Institute!

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