Paperback Revolution: How Modern Age Books Changed the Way America Reads

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Modern Age Books, Inc., founded by Norfolk’s Richard S. Childs in 1936, was the first large-scale publisher to produce paperback books in the United States. Its progressive paperbacks were inexpensive and accessible to the general public, with lively pictorial dust jackets designed to catch the eye and dramaticize content.

On display at the Norfolk Historical Museum for just one weekend, Paperback Revolution will offer a quick glimpse of the innovative illustration, printing, and distribution techniques Childs used to help democratize reading, writing, and publishing on the eve of World War II. Contemporary newspapers called Modern Age Books the “most interesting development in the history of publishing.” The exhibit has been put together by Lucy Mookerjee.

Norfolk Historical Museum


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