Street & Smith
or Street & Smith Publications, Inc.
was a New York City publisher specializing in inexpensive paperbacks and magazines referred to as pulp fiction
and dime novels
. They also published comic books
and sporting yearbooks. Among their many titles was the science fiction pulp magazine Astounding Stories
, acquired from Clayton Magazines
in 1933, and retained until 1961. Street & Smith was founded in 1855, and was bought out in 1959. The Street & Smith headquarters was at 79 Seventh Avenue in Manhattan
; it was designed by Henry F. Kilburn
Francis Scott Street
and Francis Shubael Smith
began their publishing partnership when they took over a broken-down fiction magazine . They then bought the existing New York Weekly Dispatch
in 1858. Francis Scott Street died in 1883, and Smith died in 1887. The company became a publisher of inexpensive novels and weekly magazines starting in the 1880s and continuing into 1959.
In 1933, they bought titles from Clayton Magazines, including Astounding Stories
. In 1937, Street & Smith discontinued a number of their pulp titles, including Top-Notch
and Complete Stories
, the start of a long-term shrinking of their pulp line. In 1938, Allen L. Grammer
became president. He had spent more than 20 years as an efficiency expert
for Curtis Publishing Co.
, and made a small fortune inventing a new printing process. He moved the offices into a skyscraper.
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