2018 A to Z: E… All About Nancy Drew
In 2016 I learned of the first annual April A to Z… it immediately intrigued me and I began racking my brain for a theme. After much reading, and thinking… I finally came up with the 2016 theme of Southern Foods and Memories… it said to write what you know! When April of 2017 rolled around, I decided to share Conversations with Mama to the world… the best of my on-going blog post that has generated from nightly talks to my mother. It’s now 2018 and as Nancy Drew has been on my mind… since I began re-building my collection back… well, I hope you will join me in celebrating All about Nancy Drew during the April A to Z Blog Hop!
E is for… End Papers, Endings, Expert, Eavesdropping, Ezines, Errors, and Estates/Mansions
Endpapers from: University of Maryland
A few of the different endpapers… my favorite has always been the dark blue with photos of Nancy Drew from the various stories.
When I first read the word “endpapers,” I was like… what are those? Yes, I know there were blue graphics on the front and ends of my loved Nancy Drew books, but I never knew there was a name for them. Well, now I do! Did You???
Through the years, those “endpapers” have changed… but my favorite is still the blue, featuring pictures of Nancy from the various books. As you look at them, you’re instantly brought back to remembering those stories… although there are still books I haven’t seen them in yet… I’m seriously working on that!
The first few books printed in 1930 were printed with “no” endpapers, neither front or back… also there was no orange or blue silhouette of Nancy on the front either. I have to remember that when I’m book searching as it’s the “yellow spines” that catch my eye!
I’ve read that a few Nancy Drew books printed in 1947-48 were found with the Dana Girl endpapers inside… was this a misprint… blooper! I’ll keep my eyes open for them! FYI… the Dana Girls Series had been discontinued by this point (1944) and wasn’t resumed until later in 1952. Someone must have found boxes of them already printed, and decided to use them on the inside of the Nancy Drew book covers…instead of trashing them; a very green thing, and Today… those books are worth more!
As the books changed through the years, so did the endpapers… changing from the 15 blue pictures to 15 black and white pictures of Nancy, and later to just a single cameo of her. I recently discovered that there is also a cameo of Nancy with a ribbon hanging… and there are two colors of ribbons… I haven’t found one yet… maybe I’ll let Santa know!
If there could ever be an ending you’d like to read in a Nancy Drew book… what would it be? I’m sure we all have several swirling around in our heads! Often when I’m reading, I’ll say out loud… Shh, don’t tell anyone I said that! But don’t you talk to Nancy… “now you know better than that, shut that window next time and the bad guys won’t know where you are going to be!”
A few of mine would be:
1: Nancy to “finally” fall in love with Ned… fall in love so it’s really known in the storyline! There really would have to be a well-thought-out proposal on his end, but do you think he could seriously keep it a secret from Nancy? Ned must approach Carson Drew the old fashioned way and ask for Nancy’s hand in marriage… that secret in itself would be difficult to keep from the prying eyes of Hannah, as well as Nancy… and if they didn’t close the windows and door… well someone will be listening!
Hannah would be beside herself, and how quickly before taking over in planning Nancy’s wedding? Hannah is the closest to a mother that Nancy has ever had or remembered. Bess and George would naturally be attendants, but who would she pick as maid of honor? At this writing, I can’t choose… although Bess is the more girly girl, and can you picture George in frills and lace dress! I’m sure it would be Aunt Eloise who’d take her dress shopping in New York City! Oh, what fun that would be to read about… all the dresses… and Bess and George saying “yay” or “nay” on the styles; George would be so bored!
Imagine Nancy walking down the aisle… what style of dress would she choose… bridesmaid colors… flowers…. and what year would make the best wedding style… 1930’s original or 1959 revised styles? Decisions… decisions… decisions! I love planning weddings!
2: Who hasn’t ever thought… at least just once… that Nancy’s mother, Kate. might return? Like any other story or television series… there’s always a character brought back from the dead… only staying dead all those years to keep her family safe! Kate could have been watching Nancy grow up… from the shadows. Maybe even Carson knew… that would account for the many trips unexpectedly he took. Even Hannah might know…. sending photos to keep her updated on Nancy’s life. In a book…. anything is possible!
3: Nancy finally goes off to college…. well isn’t it time! How could her father have never pushed her to go to Hale (LOL) and become a lawyer…. who else to take over his law firm if not her! Imagine Nancy solving mysteries at college… I’m sure plenty would pop up, and even Bess and George, most likely, would be there also… they never stray too far. Nancy needed to have become a full-fledged career girl, following in her father’s footsteps as a layer. Daddy gives her a yearly allowance to cover her clothes and incidentals… didn’t she ever want to earn her own money? As independent as Nancy is, it is odd that she’s really so dependant on her father.
Isn’t Nancy pretty much an expert at almost everything? Have you ever read that she didn’t know how to do something… if so… Let Me Know!
- expert at sketching, especially in drawing the footprints in The Quest of the Missing Map.
- expert dancer – takes the main female acting/dancing lead in The Clue of the Dancing Puppet.
- expert in fluent Spanish and French and various other languages.
- expert as a waitress in The Mystery of the Tolling Bell… even earning big tips!
- expert bareback rider in The Ringmaster’s Secret as she joined a circus to solve the mystery.
- expert scuba diver at the Mystery at Lilac Inn, but I haven’t seen her wear those tanks again.
- expert at playing the bagpipes in Scotland in the Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes.
- expert in playing the piano and singing as shown in The Secret in the Old Attic, The Clue of the Tapping Heels and The Clue of the Black Keys where she played Chopin’s “Black Key Etude”… and to play that, you’re proficient!
- expert golfer… even with a bad hand.
- expert ballet dancer…. proficient enough to take over the teaching of ballet classes at the local school run by the Fontaines.
- expert skier and figure skater… as shown in the Mystery at the Ski Jump.
- expert airplane pilot… she showed off her skills in The Sky Phantom.
- expert gardener… earning that title by winning first prize at the local country fair with her cut flower display.
- expert cook… she produced her own cookbook!
- expert artist as shown in The Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion.
- expert botanist and hula dancer in The Secret of the Golden Pavillion; it was funny to read that while learning to hula, she knocked over a valuable boat statue! That was written in the revised volume, haven’t read the original.
- expert markswoman… she shot a Lynx in The Secret of Shadow Ranch; we already know she could shoot, as her father never hesitated to hand her a pistol when she went to the old mansion in The Hidden Staircase.
- expert tennis player in The Clue in the Old Stagecoach.
- expert model in The Clue in the Jewell Box.
- became an expert on archaeology in The Mystery of the Black Keys
Nancy is the real Superwoman! She is the female version of Superman… faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, but she never leaped over any tall buildings in a single bound… at least not that I’ve read!
Nancy Drew needs to make sure windows and doors are shut when she’s discussing cases… not wide open! You’d think they would be more careful and only talk behind closed doors and whisper very quietly… too many secrets disclosed by someone listening through open windows and behind bushes!
Isn’t it hilarious when someone, whether it’s Nancy or the villains, as they think nothing of discussing secrets with large bushes nearby… you never know who’s listening behind those overgrown bushes… such as in The Secret of the Old Clock!
In The Secret at Shadow Ranch, the men at the next table are eavesdropping on Nancy’s conversation and watching their every move. Why didn’t you pick up on that Nancy?
A man is caught eavesdropping outside the hotel room of Mr. Drew, as he talks to Nancy in The Clue of the Crumbling Wall.
My Sleuth Ezines
The more I’ve searched on Nancy, the more I’ve found… even more than I’m even able to absorb, remember… and even try to write on. It didn’t take me long in my sleuthing to also discover that there was a fan club (Yes I joined!) and there are “Ezines” called The Sleuth… so many stories full of information. The Sleuth, by Jennifer Fisher, began in booklet print in 2006 and still is currently running. As I signed up for a subscription, I perused the back issues… and I couldn’t make up my mind which ones I wanted… as I wanted them all… so guess what… I bought them all… problem solved! I’ve told you before I have a hard time in making up my mind… but I easily solved that dilemma!
The more I read (OT) “original” vs “revised” (RT)… makes me laugh at the errors… LOL. But that’s what makes it interesting and keeps me on my toes!
In The Secret at Shadow Ranch (Bk5), the mistake was noticed in the revision… Nancy is written to be knitting a sweater for Ned, her boyfriend. George mentioned that Nancy was knitting the sweater for him. But, we all know that Nancy didn’t meet Ned until two books later in The Clue in the Diary (Bk7). In later printings, someone finally noticed the blunder and corrected it to be that Nancy was knitting the sweater for her father, but Ned was still mentioned as being in Europe… with no explanation of who Ned was.
It’s the description of the characters Burt and Dave that were in error in Bk 52, The Secret of the Forgotten City. Burt was listed as being a brunet when he has always been written as a blonde with blue eyes. Dave was written as having dark hair and eyes, but he’s also a blonde with green eyes; the ghostwriter was Harriet Stratemeyer Adams. Wonder why she changed him, surely she knew his character descriptions?
There are also many other types of errors I have discovered
Double Dust Jackets: Yes, you heard me right! How did that happen? Imagine discovering that after buying a “new” book! If you bought the book new, you probably didn’t even give it a thought… maybe you discarded one (Oh No!) – maybe you never even noticed – and maybe both were lost… as many times the dust jackets were taken off to read… and never put back on… only to end up being destroyed! Finding one today would be a whole new enjoyment… we’d all be doing a happy dance? If you’ve ever found one… do let me know!
Upside Down End Papers: Oh My, I’d probably, at first, think that the book was all printed upside down and immediately turn it… only to turn the next page… and have to turn it back! No proofreaders on the first copy of the press? Or was this the first copy off the press… well, then feel very lucky if you find one!
Front Book Cover Not Matching Inside Story: While I’ve only ready about this… it will have me looking at every book now… just hoping to find a copy… probably more like wishful thinking! As a young girl, I would have been quite upset… as often I based my choice of books to buy from the cover art. To discover another book inside when I began reading… well, it might have had me returning it… and then what would they have done with it? Probably they trashed it… Oh No!
Double Endpapers: If you’re wondering what these are… they are the front inside photos glued to the inside and back book covers. If you grew up reading Nancy Drew in the 60’s like me… they were the many blue illustrations from the Nancy books. Now that I’ve discovered that there’s more to Nancy Drew than I first knew… I’ve also discovered all the many different styles of endpapers, but double endpapers were actually one glued down and one loose as an extra page. I’ve never been lucky enough to see one in person, but a girl can dream! During the 60’s when I read, I’m sure I wouldn’t have even given it a second thought!
The 1970 printing of The Hardy Boys #18… listed the Nancy Drew titles on the back cover instead of Hardy Boys titles – Hypers! Now I’ll be studying them more closely! Darn… and I’ve already passed up so many to check!
What errors have you found… leave me a comment!
Estates / Mansions:
The Secret of the Old Clock: (BK 1 – RT) Crowley Estate… I’ve found no descriptions of this mansion other than the description of the famous “Crowley Clock”… an ordinary mantel clock, tall with a square face… fancy with some kind of a moon on top. A clock on a mantel… and a perfect spot to hide your will!
The Hidden Staircase: (BK 2 – RT) Twin Elms... a mansion owned by Helen Corning’s Aunt Flora and her mother Miss Flora. The family mansion is situated in Cliffwood, about two miles out of town. As you approach, you’ll first see a high stone wall running along the front of the estate… with several tall trees sitting gracefully alongside. The driveway twists and turns toward the mansion, and is lined with Elms, Oaks and Maple trees. It was built in 1785 and given its name in honor of the two Elm trees that stand proudly along each side-end of the house. Twin Elms is a mansion built of red brick, with high ceilings inside, and ivy covering most of its outside walls; a ten-foot porch stretches the entire length, with white pillars alongside the huge front door. Also on the grounds are several older buildings of an icehouse, smokehouse, kitchen and servant cottages. (kitchens in Colonial days were always separate buildings, food was never cooked in the mansion, but instead prepared and brought in on trays.)
The Riverview Manor was a duplicate mansion of Twin Elms… built by the brother of the man who built Twin Elms; two brothers who were inseparable companions. A crumbling brick walk led to both mansions.
The Clue in the Diary: (BK 7 – RT) The Raybolt Mansion was first seen by Nancy Drew as it burned and the only description of it was a charred ruin that had once been a beautiful mansion near the Muskoka River… the stonewall foundation was all that was left after the fire smoldered.
The Sign of the Twisted Candles: (BK 9 – RT) Sidney Mansion – I found no description of the mansion other than when it was first seen… they saw the towers of the mansion hovering over the trees.
The Password to Larkspur Lane: (BK 10 – RT) The Blenheim Estates sat on the outskirts of River Heights. The annual charity flower show, where Nancy entered her arrangement of Larkspur, was held there on its broad tree-shadowed lawn.
Another un-named mansion nearby was described as a long rambling white mansion with white columns supporting the overhanging roof of the porte-cochere. There were stone walls at the entrance of the driveway, entirely coated in honeysuckle vines. The smell must have been heavenly! (Wikipedia: A porte–cochère (/ˌpɔːrt koʊˈʃɛr/), coach gate or carriage porch is a covered porch-like structure at a main or secondary entrance to a building through which originally a horse and carriage and today a motor vehicle can pass to provide arriving and departing occupants protection from the elements.) Reminded me of the mansion used in the movie Dark Shadows.
The Tooker Mansion was a large white colonial with a broad veranda… a guard stood at the gate… to enter you needed a password. The girls turned onto the gravel driveway and whispered the password of “singing horses” to the guard. This mansion was being used as a convalescent sanitarium… but the woman they were seeking, was not there by choice.
The Clue of the Broken Locket: (BK 11 – RT) The Wayne Estate is a stone house, known as Pudding Stone Lodge, and sits on a bluff overlooking Misty Lake. In approaching the lodge, Nancy and the girls discovered a graceful iron flamingo protruding from the ground… and naturally, they dug it up. There was an underground passageway from the stone house lodge to the lake beach below.
The Whispering Statue: (BK 14 – RT) The mansion on the grounds was known as the Waterford Yacht Club. A life-size statue, resembling the owner’s wife, stands on the front lawn. Large gardens grace the lawns along the hedges on all three sides, with flowerbeds laid out in a symmetrical pattern… with blooms of roses, and delphiniums being the prominent flowers. An Italian architectural white cement building stands at the far end of the grounds.
King’s Mansion is a huge house at the end of a long uphill driveway. It is a house filled with tapestry drapes, oriental rugs, and fine furniture. There is also a large glassed-in sunroom which houses a lifelike statue of a woman… is that a clue?
The Haunted Bridge: (BK 15 – RT) The Judson Mansion, also known as Hemlock Hall is only reached by a dirt road, south of the ravine, and about 1 1/2 hours from River Heights. It’s now only a “walk-in” on the dirt road, as it’s become more of an overgrown lane. The grounds cover about 5 acres but now filled with giant oaks and willow trees. What once was a lush green lawn, is now choked with weeds, but a resemblance of a rose garden still remains in bloom. It’s a burned home now with only charred remains found.
The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion: (BK 18 – RT) This moss-covered mansion, near the Webster house, is a large and well-preserved home even though the walls are almost now covered with vines and moss. Surrounding the mansion are oak trees with long tendrils of Spanish Moss and also line the narrow zig-zag road which leads to the house. There’s more around the moss-covered mansion that piqued Nancy’s interest!
The Quest of the Missing Map: (BK 19 – RT) Chatham Estate, aka Rocky Edge, is an estate filled with sliding panels, secret closets and lots of gadgets! Sounds like a place I’d jump at the chance to visit… a perfect place for Nancy Drew to visit!
The Secret in the Old Attic: (BK 21 – OT/RT) Pleasant Hedges (March Mansion) is an estate now seen completely opposite its name, as now it’s a rambling spooky structure, half covered with vines, untrimmed hedges, and high grasses covering the lawn. It is partially built of stone on one wing, with the rest built of clapboards, but now all weatherbeaten; a weed-covered path leads to the moss-covered steps. This book cover is my all-time favorite and I hope to be able to view the original painting by Russell H. Tandy in the near future; it just sold on June 5, 2018, at Swann Galleries, in NYC for $35,000… Oh, I so wanted it! There’s something intriguing about rambling through old attics!
The Dight Estate, the home of Diane Dight, is located at the edge of River Heights. The home cannot be seen when driving by, as it’s shielded from the road by an ivy-covered fence; a winding driveway leads to the big white house with veranda… inside it’s luxuriously furnished.
The Clue in the Crumbling Wall: (BK 22 – RT) Heath Castle is a large estate with stone towers and high stone walls almost now covered by vines; the outside wall completely surrounds Heath Castle. What once was lavish grounds, with walled gardens and sunken pools, is now overgrown with weeds and considered quite spooky. It was originally built to resemble a fancy English castle, but now it sits abandoned, about five miles out of River Heights. An iron gate sits between the two stone towers with the name “Heath Castle” prominently etched.
The Ghost of Blackwood Hall: (BK 25 – RT) Blackwood Hall, built from the walnut trees on the grounds that once surrounded it… standing a few miles outside of River Heights. At one time, it was seen as a showplace along the river, but today the grounds are littered with overgrown woods. The home is now vacant, but rumored to have a secret tunnel and be inhabited by Jonathan’s ghost, the original owner who died tragically in a duel while defending his honor beneath the shade of a walnut tree; it still bears the bronze marker with the written account of how he died.
Velvet drapes hang in scattered tears, along while massive pieces of walnut furniture left behind, but what many still talk about is the organ inside which is rumored to play music occasionally. This three-story mansion, once home to several generations, now sits isolated, with only the sounds of rattling shutters from the whistling winds blowing through.
The Mystery at the Ski Jump: (BK 29 – RT) The Channing Mansion in Masonville was an old family home known for its lobster… it once was a family hotel.
The Clue of the Velvet Mask: (BK 30- RT) The Hendrick Estates in River Heights is an estate owned by the family of Nancy’s school friend, Gloria Hendrick.
The estate of John Dwight was the site of a masquerade party in its ballroom with huge crystal chandeliers; Nancy foils the attempts of the masked thieves.
The Witch Tree Symbol: (BK 33 – RT) The Follett Mansion, a faded green Victorian home, sits at the end of the winding tree-shaded driveway. It was noted that George Washington once used the two matching cherry tables inside. Two flights of stairs lead to the attic where there was also a large center hall. There is never an attic that our Nancy does not want to explore!
The Hidden Window Mystery: (BK 34 – RT) The Dowd Mansion was a white-painted brick home in the Charleston area. In the attic, parts of a stained glass window were found, which Nancy attempted to put back together like a puzzle.
Cumberland Mansion (RT), an English Tudor sits among towering trees with gardens that stretch all the way up to the stone mansion; peacocks strut about on the grounds. (OT) The Cumberland Manor Estate was written as one of the most beautiful old stone Tudor Estates around Charlottesville, VA., but spoiled by the high wall that surrounds the grounds by all sides; no one is allowed in now, buy mysterious sounds come from now day and night; Eddy Run creek flows behind the estate. The entrance had a solid iron gate with a bell at the sides… but no one answers it; owned by a Mr. Honsho, from India… a neighbor of Susan and Cliff Carr of Seven Oaks. After the wall was installed, the neighbors could no longer enjoy its beauty during the garden shows.
The Waverly Farm Estate (RT) There was no wall and very few trees, but the roadway wound toward the large home which showed well-kept lawns and fields. A working stained glass studio (Waverly Studios) was in the rear of the property, where the owner, Mark Bradshaw, of Waverly Farms, worked; he and wife Susan live on the farm.
Ivy Hall, (RT) an overgrown estate, not far from the Bradshaw’s, was bought by one of the local actress’s, but now considered horribly spooky; ghostly footsteps are heard at night and even a peacock has appeared on the lawn on several occasions. The second floor of Ivy Hall was filled with six bedrooms and two baths. It once had been quite a beauty of a home, but now it’s luster is lost… the mahogany woodwork was scarred and the hall carpet was threadbare.
Ivy Hall in the OT book was written about the same, but it was mentioned that is was a haunted red-brick Colonial with a large front porch with majestic white columns; the sides thickly covered with ivy, and the property was edged by a tumbled down stonewall with closely matted vines. Several mentions of the slave quarters in the back of the property. All mentions of the slave references were removed from the RT books.
Seven Oaks: (OT) Seven Oaks is the home of Susan and Cliff Carr… about three miles out of Charlottesville, VA., and has been in the husband’s family for many years. The dining room had a crystal chandelier which highlighted the beautiful mahogany furniture; Crystal tumblers and a silver candelabra adorned the table. A low brick wall runs across the front of the estate, with an iron gateway which opens into a tree-shaded drive; beautiful hues of colored gardens flow on both sides. The estate is a white clapboard two-story Colonial with a small porch having Doric columns and a balcony just above the entrance; Susan and Cliff’s bedroom opens onto that balcony. The name of Charlottesville in the OT was changed to Charleston in the RT book.
The Monticello: (OT) The famous Thomas Jefferson mansion stood on a hill, overlooking the Virginia rolling hills. This mansion was not mentioned in the RT story.
Ash Lawn: (OT) The famous estate of James Monroe, the 5th President of the U. S., was next door to the Monticello. A winding mountain road led to the mansion, showing off the beautiful gardens, but was a more simple home than the Monticello, less informal. A path lined with boxwood hedges led to the front door. This mansion also was not included in the RT story.
The Haunted Showboat: (BK 35 – RT) Sunnymeade, a two-story square yellow colonial mansion with white columns and a porch that encircles the entire house. It sits at the end of a long driveway, with oaks edging the road. Exquisite gardens surround the mansion, with flowering cherry and plum trees and beds of roses, azaleas, and camellias.
The Secret of the Golden Pavillion: (BK 36 – RT) Kaluakua is a two-story concrete mansion with a wide front porch with large columns. Croton bushes are in bloom at the front of the house with leaves of various colors. Near the driveway stands two royal poinciana trees with vibrant red flowers… there is also a golden pavillion on grounds, a round open building about 30 feet in diameter, with a roof and columns all covered in gold leaf. This is the estate of Mr. Sakamaki and sits along the water of Waikiki Beach of Honolulu.
The Clue in the Old Stagecoach: (BK 37 – RT) The Pauling Estate… no description given.
The Clue of the Dancing Puppet: (BK 39 – RT) The Van Pelt Estate is actually an old farm given to the Footlighters acting company, where they live and perform. The huge attic there intrigues Nancy, and she rumages through the dusty boxes and trunks looking for a puppet she saw dancing late at night on the lawn.
The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes: (BK 41- RT) The Douglas Estate, owned by Lady Douglas, Nancy Drew’s great grandmother, is a Scottish gray stone mansion of gray stone with several small windows of leaded glass. It stands on top of a steep hill, with several chimneys adorning the top of this large residence with a landscape adorned with many sycamore, beech and silver birch trees; the gardens were in full bloom when Nancy visited. The inside is of grandeur, filled with oriental rugs, French gilt tables and chairs and enormous painted Japanese lamps and several hanging tapestries.
The Mystery of the 99 Steps: (BK 43 – RT) The Monsieur Leblanc estate is surrounded by high stone walls, with Sycamore trees almost hiding the entranceway. An iron gate with stone pillars adorn the entrance.
The Tremaine Mansion nearby has a very large flower garden behind the house. Inside, the library is filled with several bookshelves. Hmmm…. I wonder if there are any Nancy Drew books on those shelves?
The Invisible Intruder: (BK 46 – RT) The Cranshaw Estate mansion is home to a collector who collects skulls and shells. The windows are a full size, stretching all the way to the ground… low enough just for Nancy to peek inside.
Mystery of Crocodile Island: (BK 55 – RT) The Easton Estate is situated along the waterfront with a zoo also on the grounds. Flamingo’s walk freely around and crocodiles swim in an enclosed pool.
The Thirteenth Pearl: (BK 56 – RT) The Rossmeyer Mansion is found by traveling on a narrow, rutted road, which seems to only be a lane through the woods… but rather it turns out to be the entrance to an elegant estate.
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