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The Haunted Showboat

The Haunted Showboat, was first published in the regular Nancy Drew® series in 1957.

In 1959, the Nancy Drew Readers Club premiered and its promotional volume was Velvet Mask. Since it was the promotional volume it is more widely available than the other 12 cameo editions. It only cost club members 10¢, while other volumes each month would be $1.49 each. Haunted Showboat was published in the Cameo format in 1959 along with 5 others from that 1959 set. Of the 1959 set, it is one of the harder to find volumes.

The dust jacket featured the art shown at left by Polly Bolian which was also the same art used for the frontispiece. The covers as shown above were greyish blue and the spine was grey in color. The ribbon holding the Cameo was purple and the endpapers featured the same purple colored ribbon. Shown below are the endpapers and an ad for the cameo editions:

There were 8 line drawings throughout the text on two pages each. The text started on page 7 and due to the larger size of the pages the pages do not match up the same with the regular book version. Click on the thumbnails below to view these fine drawings by Polly Bolian:

Pgs 26-27
Pgs 56-57
Pgs 68-69
Pgs 90-91
Pgs 106-107
Pgs 126-127
Pgs 140-141
Pgs 168-169


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