Emanuel Julius was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 30, 1889. He was a journalist who had a vision and spent his life in making that vision become a reality. His vision was to make good literature available to the masses at a cheap price. This he did from his printing plant in the small mid-western town of Girard, Kansas.
Emanuel came to Girard to work on the socialist newspaper the Appeal to Reason. In 1919 he became co-owner and began printing the first of his small paperback books which soon became the foundation for his Little Blue Book Series. At the end of nine years the small project had become a gigantic Publishing venture and Haldeman-Julius (he combined his name with his wife's) was "the Henry Ford of literature" according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
The fame of Little Blue Books was world wide. Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, Admiral Richard Byrd, who took along a complete set to the South Pole, Franklin P. (Information Please) Adams and thousands of common working people who wanted good reading materials were customers of his mail order business.
By 1922, the Chicago Daily News was calling Girard, Kansas the "Literary Capital of the United States" due to Emanuel Haldeman-Julius.
This man, who contributed so much to the education of the masses of America, built a childhood dream into an unbelievably successful business which had an impact world-wide.
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