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Midnight (02:20) January 6, 1923

Bernarr Macfadden, publisher

"Just before midnight one night I stopped under a street lamp to change a tire. Having finished, I was about to step into the machine when a woman rushed out of the darkness and touched me on the arm. "Won't you please come into my house. My husband has been taken violently sick. I don't know what to do." In a flash I understood. She had seen the medical insignia on the radiator of the car, but before I could refuse she was off. I could do nothing but follow her into the house, up a staircase, into a bedroom. Once inside she closed the door."
What started as the tabloid Midnight in 1922 had now morphed into Midnight Mystery Stories, dropping the risque tell-all ‘true’ stories for “fiction that has its inception in truth, the romance and mystery that is embedded in Life all around you.” Bernarr Macfadden, an early health pioneer whose health teachings were amazingly accurate and still relevant today, went on to establish the largest magazine empire in the country with some 20 magazines (Physical Culture, True Story, True DetectiveTrue RomancesLibertyModel Airplane NewsGhost Stories, PhotoPlay, et al.) and about a dozen newspapers. This issue contains twelve short stories, including the lead, “Midnight Caper.”
Contents of this Issue:
  • Midnight Capture (M. Vincent)
  • Good Paper (Marcel Wallenstein)
  • The Silver-topped Stick (W.R. Gilbert)
  • The Fatal Instinct (John Stanton)
  • The Week’s Unsolved Mysteries
  • The Girl Who Was Looking for Galagher (Suzanne Buck)
  • The Killer (R.T.M. Scott)
  • Midnight Dollars (C.S. Montanye)
  • It Is The Law (P.L. Atkinson)
  • Hot Keys (Charles Magee Adams)
  • Burnt Almonds (Thomas L. Masson)
  • Heart Throbs (Ila Damon)
  • Easy Tricks that You Can Do (Howard Thurston)
  • Ask Madame Pythagoras: She Knows

Midnight Publishing Company, Inc.
Editor: Bernarr Macfadden
Issue: Volume 2: Whole Number 20; January 6, 1923
Pages: 32
Size: 9-3/8″ x 12-3/8″
Digital edition © 2011 Curtis Philips. All Rights Reserved.

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