Born on 12 January 1884 in Waco, Mary Louise Cecilia "Texas" Guinan played a gun-slinger and rode bareback in silent films, took New York by storm in 1906, and earned a salary of $700,000 as a speakeasy hostess. Here are highlights from a life led at full speed until 5 November 1933. Meet TEXAS GUINAN!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Texas Guinan, Ace of Clubs

Maybe you heard of a "little black book" but not too many folks remember a quaint series of affordable titles published as part of the series "Little Blue Books."
Released on 1 January 1929 was this one:
Texas Guinan: The Ace of (Night) Clubs.
Little Blue Book No. 1446 [1929]; 30 pages.
Written by: Samuel Marx
Publisher: Haldeman-Julius Publications
• • Emanuel Haldeman-Julius [1888-1951] began publishing his "Little Blue Books" in 1919 in order for classic works of literature to be available for a much lower price than usual - - at five or ten cents apiece. His association with the Socialist party led him to buy the Socialist paper Appeal to Reason along with their printing press, which he used to publish a number of his books. These inexpensive books became widely popular; by 1949 over 300,000,000 had been sold.
• • All books were published by the Haldeman-Julius Company in Girard, Kansas.
• • Little Blue Books are housed in the Kent State University Libraries, Ohio.
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• • photo: Texas Guinan • • 1929 • •

Texas Guinan.