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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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