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Thumbnail for Pulp FictionHere we present Dime Novels, Penny Dreadfuls, Story Papers and Pulp Magazines.
All of which were popular reading for the masses in America and abroad from the later 19th and early 20th centuries.

They were then overtaken by the comic book revolution which they helped spawn.

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Pulp Fiction

Crime and Detective

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Title:Crime and Detective
Issues Available:179
Latest Issue:Sexton Blake Library S3 191 | Uploaded: Feb 27, 2015
Sub-Categories:The Black Mask (4) | Complete Detective Cases (2) | Crack Detective (2) | Detective Story Magazine (3) | Dixon Hawke (4) | Front Page Detective (3) | The Illustrated Detective Magazine (1) | Nick Carter Stories (7) | Old Broadbrim (2) | Old Cap. Collier Library (6) | Sexton Blake Library (63) | Ten Detective Aces (1) | The Thriller (28) | The Union Jack (41)
Categories:Crime | Detective


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Issues Available:8
Latest Issue:Weird Tales v01 01 | Uploaded: Oct 27, 2013
Sub-Categories:The Black Cat (3) | Ghost Stories (1) | Weird Tales (2)


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Issues Available:24
Latest Issue:Lovers 1 | Uploaded: Sep 11, 2014
Sub-Categories:Army Romances (1) | Dream World (1) | Girls' Friend Library (1) | Love Short Stories (1) | Peg's Companion (1) | Peg's Paper (1) | Ranch Romances (2) | Rangeland Romances/Love Stories (5) | Real Western Romances (1) | Romance Series (5) | Romantic Movie Stories (1)

Science Fiction

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Title:Science Fiction
Issues Available:289
Latest Issue:Amazing Stories v05 09 | Uploaded: Mar 17, 2015
Sub-Categories:Amazing Stories (18) | Amazing Stories Quarterly (17) | Fanciful Tales (1) | Fantastic Adventures (23) | Fantasy Book (4) | Frank Reade Library (98) | Imaginative Tales (1) | New Worlds (4) | Planet Stories (2) | Rocket Stories (2) | Saturn (1) | Scientific Detective Monthly (2) | The Spider (5) | Thrills Incorporated (2)
Categories:Science Fiction


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Issues Available:20
Latest Issue:Wild West Weekly 1 | Uploaded: Dec 3, 2014
Sub-Categories:Log Cabin Library (2) | Mammoth Western (2) | Two-Gun Western (1) | Wild West Weekly (1)


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Issues Available:22
Latest Issue:Adventure v028 01 | Uploaded: Apr 28, 2015
Adventure magazine first appeared in October 1910. In its first ten years of publication, it carried stories by such well known authors as Rider Haggard, John Buchan, Rafael Sabatini & Baroness Orczy. By the 1920s, Adventure had become one of the most profitable and critically acclaimed magazines of its kind, and in 1935, it would be hailed as 'The No. 1 Pulp' by the editors of Time. At its peak it was publishing over 300,000 copies.
Adventure's reputation as 'The No. 1 Pulp', stems from the editorship of Arthur Hoffman, who was editor from 1912 to 1927. Hoffman introduced several key features establishing Adventure as more than just a magazine; the editorial pages column known as 'The Camp-Fire'; 'Lost Trails' which helped re-unite readers with lost family and friends; 'Wanted-Men and Adventurers,' a 'Help Wanted' section for those interested in excitement and adventure; and 'Ask Adventure,' wherein readers submitted questions to the magazine's international panel of experts.
Adventure was first published by the Ridgway Co., an offshoot of the Butterick Publishing Company, which was mainly known for the publication of sewing patterns, so Adventure was a vast departure into the pulp market.
It ran from 1910 until 1953 for a total of 753 issues. In April 1953, the pulp changed its format to that of a men's adventure magazine for a further 128 issues. The magazine finally folded in 1971.

Air Adventures

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Issues Available:1
Latest Issue:Air Adventures v01 01 | Uploaded: Jul 14, 2013
Air Adventures was a short lived pulp magazine published by Ziff-Davis based in Chicago, USA. It ran to only 3 issues, in December 1939, February 1940 and then a final issue in November 1945.
Stories are all Second World War related. The first issue features a lurid cover of a Nazi airman falling out of a plane.

The All-Story Magazine

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Title:The All-Story Magazine
Issues Available:6
Latest Issue:All-Story Weekly v098 002 | Uploaded: Oct 4, 2013
Categories:Mixed Bag
The All-Story Magazine was first published in January 1905 by the Frank A. Munsey Company based in New York, USA.
It went through a few title changes in its publishing history: The All-Story, All-Story Magazine, All-Story Weekly & All-Story Cavalier Weekly.
Its authors included Sax Rohmer, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Zane Grey & Damon Runyon.
It ran for a total of 444 issues before merging with Argosy in July 1920. It is widely regarded as one of the most important of the early fiction magazines.

The Argosy

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Title:The Argosy
Issues Available:16
Latest Issue:The Argosy v119 002 | Uploaded: Oct 25, 2013
Categories:Adventure | Mixed Bag
Argosy, later titled The Argosy and Argosy All-Story Weekly, was an American pulp magazine from 1882 through 1978, published by Frank Munsey. It is the first American pulp magazine. The magazine began as a children's weekly story-paper entitled The Golden Argosy.

In late September 1882, Frank Munsey had moved to New York City to start Argosy, having arranged a partnership with a friend and with a stockbroker from. Munsey put most of his money, around $500, into purchasing stories for the magazine. Once in New York, the stockbroker backed out, and Munsey released his New York friend from involvement, as they were hopelessly underfunded. He then pitched the magazine to a publisher, and convinced him to publish the magazine and hire Munsey as editor.

The first issue published December 2, 1882, was eight pages and cost five cents. Munsey found targeting children a mistake, as they did not stay subscribed for any length of time, since they grew out of reading the magazine. Additionally, children did not have much money to spend, limiting the number of advertisers.

In December 1888 the title was changed to The Argosy. Publication to monthly in April 1894, at which time the magazine began its shift towards pulp fiction. It eventually published its first all-fiction issue in 1896. The all-fiction Argosy launched a new genre of magazines, and is considered the pioneer among pulp magazines. (Source: wikipedia)

It appears that nothing before 1951 was renewed as well as not all issues after were renewed. However, many individuals stories were renewed. We have had to remove all issues after 1922 until stories can be searched.

Beadle's Dime Library

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Title:Beadle's Dime Library
Issues Available:2
Latest Issue:The Peddler Spy or Dutchmen and Yankees A Tale of the Capture of Good Hope | Uploaded: Oct 25, 2013
Beadle's Dime Library was published by Beadle & Adams based in New York, USA.
The publication first appeared in June 1860 and ran for over 670 issues. The covers retained a constant orange colour for the whole of the series.
The first few edition covers were illustrated with the reverse of a dime (10c) coin, thereafter illus-trated with a scene from the novel.
The stories were mainly Adventure stories, Detective Stories or Westerns, with a complete story in each edition.

Beadle's Half Dime Library

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Issues Available:11
Latest Issue:Beadle's Half Dime Library 0502 | Uploaded: Oct 25, 2013
Beadle's Half Dime Library was published by Beadle & Adams based in New York, USA.
This publication was a companion to Beadle's Dime Library which was primarily aimed at boys, which was reflected in the price of a nickel which was thought more affordable to youngsters of the time.
Its popularity was such that it ran for just over 28 years.
In the beginning, the stories were of Indians, pioneers, backwoodsmen, or the sea. Later, detective stories became the rule.

Boys' First Rate Pocket Library

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Issues Available:2
Latest Issue:Boys' First-Rate Pocket Library #098 | Uploaded: Oct 27, 2013
Boys' First-Rate Pocket Library was published by Aldine Publishing Company based in London, UK.
This publication is not considered a Pulp magazine but falls under the terminology of a "Penny Dreadful". Unusual for a publication of its type it featured coloured covers.
It was first published in 1890 and run for a total of 472 issues until it folded in 1905.
The stories were typically lurid tales intended to grip the reader, initially of pirates and highway-men, later concentrating on crime and detection.

Brave and Bold Weekly

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Title:Brave and Bold Weekly
Issues Available:2
Latest Issue:Brave And Bold 109 | Uploaded: Oct 27, 2013
Categories:Adventure | Mixed Bag
Brave and Bold Weekly was published by Street & Smith based in New York.
It ran from December 1902 until March 1911 for a total of approximately 429 issues.
It featured a complete story each week mostly reprinted from previous Street & Smith publications such as Golden Hours and Good News.
The stories were mainly adventure based covering many different genres.

The Brookside Library

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Issues Available:2
Latest Issue:The Brookside Library 0037 | Uploaded: Oct 27, 2013
The Brookside Library was published weekly by Frank Tousey based in New York, USA.
It ran from 1882 to 1884 for a total of 410 issues.
It was classed as a 'Dime Novel', although only costing 5 cents, and featured a complete story each week. These stories were mostly Romance based.

Captain Mors

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Issues Available:1
Latest Issue:Adrift In Space | Uploaded: Dec 30, 2012
Categories:Science Fiction | Masked/Mystery Men | Pirates
Thanks to Jess Nevins for permission to carry these from his website. Translated from the German by Justin Gilbert

The Deadwood Dick Library

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Issues Available:4
Latest Issue:v01 05 - Wild Ivan | Uploaded: Jan 1, 2015
The Deadwood Dick Library was published by M.J. Ivers & Co based in New York, USA.
It was published weekly and ran from 1899 to 1900 for a total of 64 issues.
A Dime novel series containing primarily frontier, western, detective and mystery stories re-printed from Beadle's Half-Dime Library.
Deadwood Dick is a fictional character who appeared in a series of dime novels, originally published between 1877 and 1897 by Edward Lytton Wheeler.
The name became so widely known in its time that it was used to advantage by several men who actually resided in Deadwood, South Dakota.

Dick Turpin

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Issues Available:1
Latest Issue:Dick Turpin 170 | Uploaded: Oct 13, 2012
Dick Turpin was a story paper published by Aldine Publishing from April 1902 to September 1909, starring 19th century highwayman Dick Turpin.
Apparently published 4 times a month it ran for a total of 182 issues (This figure doesn't equate to the time-scale of the publication).
The stories were mostly written by A. Sherrington Burrage writing under the name Charlton Lea.

Famous Fantastic Mysteries

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Title:Famous Fantastic Mysteries
Issues Available:3
Latest Issue:Famous Fantastic Mysteries v01n01 | Uploaded: Jul 14, 2013
Categories:Science Fiction | Horror
Famous Fantastic Mysteries was published by the Frank A. Munsey Company based in New York, USA.
Published originally as bi-monthly, it had a short spell as a monthly magazine before reverting to bi-monthly. It ran from 1939 to 1953 for a total of 81 issues.
A fantasy fiction magazine offering reprints of scientific and fantastic classics from earlier decades. Some of it's more famous authors included G. K. Chesterton, H. G. Wells, and H. Rider Haggard.

Fight Stories

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Issues Available:3
Latest Issue:Fight Stories v01 01 | Uploaded: Oct 4, 2013
Categories:Boxing/Martial Arts
Fight Stories was published by Fiction House based in New York, USA.
Its publishing run covered two spells: monthly from June 1928 to May 1932 for a total of 47 issues, then quarterly from Spring 1936 to Spring 1952 for a further 59 issues (106 total).
A pulp magazine devoted to stories of boxing, plus articles of the famous boxers of the time.
It is best remembered for publishing a large number of stories by Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian.

Five Cent Wide Awake Library

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Issues Available:10
Latest Issue:Five Cent Wide Awake Library v02 1268 | Uploaded: Oct 25, 2013
The Five Cent Wide Awake Library was published by Frank Tousey based in New York, USA.
Published weekly from 1878 to 1896 it ran for a total of over 1350 issues.
It featured mainly western and adventure stories.
Tousey was the first publisher to issue a dime novel featuring Jesse James, The Train Robbers; or, a Story of the James Boys, which appeared in No. 440 of the Wide Awake Library. The dime novel was written by John R. Musick under the name W. D. Stevens.
Not only first on the scene, Tousey also became a major source of output for the James tales in dime novels. He even created a series called James Boys Weekly.

Four O'Clock

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Issues Available:1
Latest Issue:Four O'Clock 007 | Uploaded: Aug 11, 2012
Categories:Mixed Bag
Four O' Clock magazine was published by A.L. Swift & Co. based in Chicago, USA.
Published monthly from February 1897 to December 1902 it ran for a total of 71 issues.
It was well known for its cover art featuring well known artists of the time such as J. C. Leyendecker.
It featured original stories and poetry of a general nature.
After its final issue it merged with The Philharmonic, a magazine dedicated to the modern arts.

The Halfpenny Surprise

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Title:The Halfpenny Surprise
Issues Available:1
Latest Issue:Halfpenny Surprise 20 | Uploaded: Jun 26, 2012
Categories:Adventure | Mixed Bag
The Halfpenny Surprise was a British magazine published by Edwin J. Brett based in Fleet Street, London, UK.
Published weekly from November 1894 to April 1906, it ran for a total of approximately 600 issues. The title was then changed to New Surprise.
It featured complete stories of Adventure and Suspense in each issue.

Jungle Stories

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Issues Available:6
Latest Issue:Jungle Stories v3 06 | Uploaded: Oct 5, 2013
Jungle Stories was a pulp magazine published by Glen-Kel Publishing, a division of Fiction House based in New York, USA.
Published quarterly from 1938 to 1954, it ran for a total of 59 issues.
Essentially a character pulp, each issue featured a lead novel about Ki-Gor. This character was an imitation of Tarzan, which has caused Jungle Stories to be heavily collected by some Burroughs fans. Ki-Gor however lacked Tarzan's ability to communicate with animals. Each of the covers usually featured a scantily clad girl in a leopard skin costume.

The Liberty Boys Of 76

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Issues Available:1
Latest Issue:Liberty Boys Of 76 424 | Uploaded: Jun 10, 2012
Categories:Adventure | War/Armed Forces

Mammoth Adventure

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Issues Available:1
Latest Issue:Mammoth Adventure v01 03 | Uploaded: May 12, 2013

National Police Gazette

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Title:National Police Gazette
Issues Available:7
Latest Issue:National Police Gazette v001 0007 | Uploaded: Oct 25, 2013
The National Police Gazette, commonly referred to as simply the Police Gazette, was an American magazine founded in 1845 by two journalists, Enoch E. Camp, also an attorney, and George Wilkes, a transcontinental railroad booster. In 1866, Wilkes and Camp sold the Gazette to George W. Matsell. The editor and proprietor from 1877 until his death in 1922 was Richard Kyle Fox, an immigrant from Ireland.

Ostensibly devoted to matters of interest to the police, it is a tabloid-like publication, with lurid coverage of murders, Wild West outlaws, and sport. It is well known for its engravings and photographs of scantily clad strippers, burlesque dancers, and prostitutes, often skirting on the edge of what is legally considered obscenity.

The National Police Gazette enjoyed considerable popularity in the late 19th century and early decades of the 20th century; but its popularity decreased during the Great Depression. The National Police Gazette continued on after the death of Fox as a monthly publication for many years before ceasing print publication in 1977.

In its heyday it was immensely influential. In the first part of the 20th century, the United States became the centre for professional boxing. It was generally accepted that the "world champions" were those listed by the Police Gazette. After 1920, the National Boxing Association began to sanction "title fights". (Source: wikipedia)

New Story Magazine

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Issues Available:1
Latest Issue:New Story Magazine v08 03 | Uploaded: Oct 15, 2012

Northern Messenger

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Title:Northern Messenger
Issues Available:6
Latest Issue:Northern Messenger (1940-11-22) | Uploaded: Oct 7, 2013
Categories:Mixed Bag

The Nugget Library

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Issues Available:3
Latest Issue:v1 128 - Tom Edison Jr.'s Electric Mule | Uploaded: Jan 1, 2015
Categories:Mixed Bag

The Popular Magazine

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Title:The Popular Magazine
Issues Available:9
Latest Issue:Popular Magazine v48 03 | Uploaded: Oct 16, 2012
Categories:Adventure | Mixed Bag

RAF Aces

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Issues Available:1
Latest Issue:RAF Aces v03 02 | Uploaded: Oct 1, 2013
Categories:War/Armed Forces | Aviation

Robin Hood

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Issues Available:3
Latest Issue:Robin Hood 007 | Uploaded: Oct 21, 2012
Categories:Adventure | Robin Hood | Classic Tales


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Issues Available:1
Latest Issue:Sensation v01 02 | Uploaded: Oct 18, 2012
Categories:Romance | Crime | Mixed Bag

Something To Read

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Issues Available:2
Latest Issue:Something To Read v028 0675 | Uploaded: Oct 27, 2013
Categories:Mixed Bag

Spicy Adventure

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Issues Available:1
Latest Issue:Spicy Adventure Stories v04 06 | Uploaded: Jun 21, 2013

Sunday Novel

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Issues Available:3
Latest Issue:Sunday Novel 2 | Uploaded: Oct 9, 2013
Categories:Mixed Bag

Telling Tales

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Issues Available:1
Latest Issue:Telling Tales v23n01 | Uploaded: Aug 11, 2012
Categories:Mixed Bag

Thrilling Adventures

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Issues Available:1
Latest Issue:Thrilling Adventures v02 03 | Uploaded: Aug 11, 2012

The War Library

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Issues Available:4
Latest Issue:The War Library v07 207 | Uploaded: Oct 25, 2013
Categories:War/Armed Forces

Young Folks Tales

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Issues Available:1
Latest Issue:Young Folk's Tales 198 | Uploaded: Sep 9, 2012
An Eastern Vendetta by Old Sleuth 161 Pulpshmoo Oct 27, 2013 117.64 993 19
Basketball Stories v01 001 130 DPP Oct 21, 2013 85.31 869 20
Black Hollow 101 Pulpshmoo Jan 1, 2015 14.23 702 17
Boy Exiles of Siberia 33 Pulpshmoo Jan 1, 2015 102.47 550 10
Complete War Novels Magazine v01 03 114 DPP Oct 5, 2013 89.40 1275 49
Diamond Dick, Jr. 0076 37 Pulpshmoo Oct 25, 2013 31.80 1096 21
Dick Turpin in a Hot Corner 21 Pulpshmoo Jan 1, 2015 113.99 640 19
Everybody's Magazine v24 03 316 unknown / hoover Oct 5, 2013 50.43 1038 21
Frank Leslie's Chimney Corner v017 438 17 unknown / hoover Oct 5, 2013 41.06 941 20
Fritz to the Front by Edward L. Wheeler 164 Pulpshmoo Oct 27, 2013 100.37 896 16
Gentleman's Journal v01 12 16 unknown / hoover Oct 5, 2013 28.72 985 21
Inkle and Yarico 30 Pulpshmoo Jan 1, 2015 12.98 486 8
Jack and His Seven Foes 177 Pulpshmoo Oct 27, 2013 203.77 928 13
Motor Matts Queer Find or the Secret of the Iron Chest 37 Pulpshmoo Jan 1, 2015 149.79 605 14
Old Sleuth's Own 041 The Twin Ventriloquists 101 Pulpshmoo Oct 27, 2013 41.69 817 20
Penny Illustrated Paper and Illustrated Times v52 1342 16 Pulpshmoo Jan 1, 2015 43.35 493 12
Pluck And Luck 1450 The Pearl Prince 35 Pulpshmoo Oct 27, 2013 39.69 1003 19
Scarlet Adventuress v01 03 52 cimmerian32 May 13, 2013 73.38 2945 135
Street and Smith's Literary Album 0129 17 Pulpshmoo Oct 25, 2013 55.21 1193 25
Strike for the King 29 Pulpshmoo Jan 1, 2015 34.28 561 15
Tarzan of the Apes (1918) 198 Ajnaabi Jun 28, 2014 62.03 1738 79
The Castle of Montabino 42 Pulpshmoo Jan 1, 2015 35.84 607 11
The Green Splotches by T. S, Stribling 36 Pulpshmoo Oct 27, 2013 42.20 1272 33
The Magician 36 Pulpshmoo Jan 1, 2015 31.39 721 23
The Mysteries of Bedlam 117 Pulpshmoo Oct 27, 2013 96.82 1067 33
The Nickel Library v012 0262 - The Yankee Smuggler 33 Pulpshmoo Oct 27, 2013 28.29 895 20
The O'er Land And Sea Library 0110 69 Pulpshmoo Oct 27, 2013 56.01 868 22
The Wampus Cat v02 03 37 D&M Oct 5, 2013 20.23 1261 23
The White Pilgrim 38 Pulpshmoo Jan 1, 2015 14.82 577 19
Tip Top Tales 077 69 Pulpshmoo Oct 27, 2013 31.11 974 18
Yankee Eph 100 Pulpshmoo Jan 1, 2015 63.02 469 12
Young's Magazine v27 01 140 unknown / hoover Oct 5, 2013 40.12 1374 26
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