From the American News Trade Journal, September 1934: “William Godwin, Inc., has organized a subsidiary to be known as Arcadia House Publications, which will publish good clean romances especially designed for the circulating library. The books will bear the Arcadia House imprint, but the publishing, advertising, distribution and billing will be handled by William Godwin.”
ARCADIA HOUSE [1939-1947]
When Godwin went out of business, circa 1937, Arcadia House was purchased by Alex Hillman and Sam Curl. No crime fiction was published by this imprint until 1939. After the partnership ended in 1939, Curl went into business for himself; he retained the Arcadia imprint, using it primarily for westerns and romances.
Sam Curl continued the line until early 1948, when he went bankrupt and sold Arcadia House to Nat Wartels, the owner of Phoenix Press. In 1952 Wartels merged AH with PP and went on publishing mysteries, westerns, and romances under the Arcadia name into the 60s. (Just why he, Wartels, chose to continue with the AH rather than PP imprint is unclear, though it may be because the books he published under the AH name had better sales.)
1940 No known publications.
1942 No known publications.
Note: Covers for Arcadia House mysteries that appeared between 1952 and 1967 may appear here at a later date. A full listing of these titles can be found in Murder at 3 Cents a Day.
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