Nancy Drew was the heroine of many childhoods, mine included. As a book fiend at a young age, whenever my family would go on a road trip, I would have to find the used bookstore wherever we stopped and buy a Nancy Drew book to keep myself occupied in the car. In so doing, I managed to collect over 30 of the 64 original books by the time I was twelve! They still fill one whole bookshelf and I think parting with them would be akin to parting with a limb.
Though most of my beloved copies feature the most recent of Nancy’s cover designs, first printed in the mid-1980s, the famous girl detective has gone through numerous redesigns in her 84 year history. Starting with a simple blue and orange silhouette and ending up with the modern, illustrated “flashlight editions,” Nancy Drew has always managed to maintain her mid-century charm and universal girl power.
Below the cut, a few examples from my personal collection of Nancy’s front cover designs, encompassing the early days of the 1930s to the present.
Finally, in 1986, the glossy yellow hardcovers still sold in stores today were introduced. Do you think Nancy has another redesign in her future or will generations to come enjoy these classic stories in the now almost 30-year-old glossy tradition?
This post is a part of Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage.