Our Friend, vol. I, no. I

August 1876

Dating from August 1876, Our Friend was Stratemeyer’s first self-published amateur writing. It belongs to the “story paper” genre, which first gained popularity in the 1840s. Our Friend features a short story about an industrious newsboy named Edward (Ned). It also includes advertisements, puzzles, and jokes, including a satirical vignette about a German peddler.