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The Schoolgirls' Weekly

The Schoolgirls' Weekly was first published in 1922 by the Amalgamated Press as a companion paper to the School Friend and Schoolgirls' Own. It was of a slightly larger size than those two and over the years it featured the usual array of girls stories with as usual the vast majority of them written by men under female aliases. In January 1933 came "That Amazing Room Of Clocks" written by J.W. Bobin as Adelie Ascott, the first tale of Valerie Drew the 18 year old intrepid girl detective, doting daughter of an ex-Scotland Yard Chief Commissioner. "The Secret Of The Old Clock" written by Mildred Wirt as Carolyn Keene was published in America in 1930 and concerned Nancy Drew the 16 year old intrepid girl detective, whose doting father Carson Drew was a famous criminal lawyer cum detective. In Valerie's adventures over the next 7 years she was ably assisted by Flash, an alsation dog who acted almost human at times, and was more useful than Ned Nickerson was to Nancy. Both Nancy and Valerie were also well seasoned teenage motorists (at 18 Nancy was even a qualified pilot), their common sense and innate decency went almost unbelievably deep. The stories were always concise, entertaining, never heavy or heavy-going, and a charming if often melodramatic window on the world of the 1930's from an allegedly young female point of view. Unlike the Noel Raymond detective series running in the Girls' Crystal it was nearly always obvious who the guilty party was. Bobin died in 1935 and for years the saga was anonymously written, until taken up again in 1937 by Isobel Norton who was most likely Reginald Kirkham. The SW closed down in May 1939 and Valerie transferred to the Schoolgirl for her last year until thanks to the Wartime paper shortage was abruptly ended in the middle of an uncompleted series in May 1940. Nancy Drew didn't stop, and with occasional lulls is still having adventures today.

For the June 1993 Collectors' Digest Dennis Bird wrote an article providing some background to Valerie Drew - you can read it here.

Thanks to Gary for the introduction and the list of issues based on the works of Ray Hopkins.

Issue       Valerie Drew - Schoolgirls' Weekly    
533 Jan 07 1933 That Amazing Room Of Clocks    
542 Mar 11 1933 The Problem Of The Red-Haired Girl    
550 May 06 1933 Her Quest On The Ship Of Secrets    
Issue 557

24th Jun 1933

Valerie Drew's Dilemma    
573 Oct 14 1933 Valerie Drew's Frightened Visitor    
577 Nov 11 1933   Valerie Drew - Schoolgirl Detective 1/17
578 Nov 18 1933   Valerie Drew - Schoolgirl Detective 2/17
579 Nov 25 1933   Valerie Drew - Schoolgirl Detective 3/17
580 Dec 02 1933   Valerie Drew - Schoolgirl Detective 4/17
581 Dec 09 1933   Valerie Drew - Schoolgirl Detective 5/17
582 Dec 16 1933   Valerie Drew - Schoolgirl Detective 6/17
583 Dec 23 1933   Valerie Drew - Schoolgirl Detective 7/17
584 Dec 30 1933   Valerie Drew - Schoolgirl Detective 8/17
585 Jan 06 1934   Valerie Drew - Schoolgirl Detective 9/17
586 Jan 13 1934   Valerie Drew - Schoolgirl Detective 10/17
587 Jan 20 1934   Valerie Drew - Schoolgirl Detective 11/17
588 Jan 27 1934   Valerie Drew - Schoolgirl Detective 12/17
589 Feb 03 1934   Valerie Drew - Schoolgirl Detective 13/17
590 Feb 10 1934   Valerie Drew - Schoolgirl Detective 14/17
591 Feb 17 1934   Valerie Drew - Schoolgirl Detective 15/17
592 Feb 24 1934   Valerie Drew - Schoolgirl Detective 16/17
593 Mar 03 1934   Valerie Drew - Schoolgirl Detective 17/17
Issue 594

10th March 1934

Valerie Drew And The Haunted Theatre    
  Issue 596

24th March 1934

The Case Of The Nine Columbines    
Issue 598

7th April 1934

Flash Finds Mystery    
Issue 600

21st April 1934

Detective Flash    
Issue 602

5th May 1934

Clues In Queer Places     
603 May 12 1934 The Case Of The Broken Vase    
604 May 19 1934 That Weird House Of Waxworks    
605 May 26 1934 When Flash Turned On The Wireless    
606 Jun 02 1934 The Case Of The "Aerial Marvels"    
607 Jun 09 1934 The Whispering Cavalier    
608 Jun 16 1934 The Trail Of The Oriental Beads    
609 Jun 23 1934 Parted From Flash    
610 Jun 30 1934 Missing From The Chalet    
611 Jul 07 1934 The Girl In The Red Scarf    
612 Jul 14 1934 When Valerie Was Bridesmaid    
Issue 613

21st July 1934

The Case Of Queerholme Cottage    
614 Jul 28 1934 The House Of Minarets    
615 Aug 04 1934 The Pigeon Problem    
616 Aug 11 1934 Valerie Drew - Arrested    
617 Aug 18 1934 The Spanish Dancer    
618 Aug 25 1934 The Purple Pierrots    
619 Sep 01 1934 Valerie Drew's Double    
620 Sep 08 1934 Lady O' The Crinoline    
621 Sep 15 1934 Flowers Of Fortune    
622 Sep 22 1934 Clues Of Gold    
623 Sep 29 1934 Valerie's Hectic Holiday    
624 Oct 06 1934 Carnations For Mystery    
625 Oct 13 1934 The Little Dutch Girl    
626 Oct 20 1934 The "Wanted" Girl Detective    
627 Oct 27 1934 A Bogus Invalid    
628 Nov 03 1934 "Nursemaid" Flash    
629 Nov 10 1934 Valerie Drew - Cloakroom Attendant    
630 Nov 17 1934 Valerie Meets A Phantom    
631 Nov 24 1934 The Persian Rug-Seller    
632 Dec 01 1934 When Valerie Vanished    
633 Dec 08 1934 The Clue Of The Holly Leaf    
634 Dec 15 1934 The 13th Snowman    
635 Dec 22 1934 The Card That Came Too Late    
636 Dec 29 1934 The Viking Who Whispered    
637 Jan 05 1935 The Clue Of The Red Tassel    
638 Jan 12 1935 That Amazing Punch And Judy Problem    
639 Jan 19 1935 Flash For Sale    
640 Jan 26 1935 The Melody Of Mystery    
641 Feb 02 1935 The Case Of The Forbidden Frock    
642 Feb 09 1935 The Skater In Scarlet    
643 Feb 16 1935 When Flash Was Kidnapped    
644 Feb 23 1935 The Case Of The Ruined Portraits    
645 Mar 02 1935 The Clue Of The Flashing Lanterns    
646 Mar 09 1935 Flash's Birthday Mystery    
647 Mar 16 1935 That Strange Blue Light    
648 Mar 23 1935 Suspicion In The Circus    
649 Mar 30 1935 The White Girl Of The Jungle    
Issue 650

6th April 1935

The Dancers Who Disappeared    
651 Apr 13 1935 Valerie Leads The Silent Six    
652 Apr 20 1935 The Kidnapped Sea Lion    
653 Apr 27 1935 The Sandbanked Ship    
Issue 654

4th May 1935

Red Hearts Meant Danger    
Issue 655

11th May 1935

Little Miss Flash    
Issue 656

18th May 1935

Guard It, Flash!    
Issue 657

25th May 1935

The Case Of The Dark Tower    
Issue 658

1st June 1935

The Clue Of The Satin Slipper    
Issue 659

8th June 1935

Ruined Roses     
660 Jun 15 1935 The Phantom Houseboat     
661 Jun 22 1935 The Clue Of The Cuckoo Clock     
662 Jun 29 1935 The Girl Who Lost Her Voice     
663 Jul 06 1935 Arrows Of Mystery     
664 Jul 13 1935 The Clue Of The Red Stone     
665 Jul 20 1935 The Fortune-Teller's Warning     
666 Jul 27 1935 The Girl With Golden Hair     
667 Aug 03 1935 The Pool Of Problems     
668 Aug 10 1935 The Case Of The Stolen Fruit     
669 Aug 17 1935 The Climber Who Vanished     
670 Aug 24 1935 When The Box Was Opened     
671 Aug 31 1935 Symbol Of Secrets     
672 Sep 07 1935 The Case Of The Cardboard Key     
673 Sep 14 1935 Footprints In The Dust     
674 Sep 21 1935 The Clue Of The Plaid Skirt     
675 Sep 28 1935 The Sign Of The Blue Spider     
676 Oct 05 1935 Lucky Sixpence     
677 Oct 12 1935 The Green Parrot     
678 Oct 19 1935 Strange Signals     
679 Oct 26 1935 The Phantom Feast     
680 Nov 02 1935 Flash On His Own    
681 Nov 09 1935 Valerie Drew - Beware!     
682 Nov 16 1935 Hat-Shop Of Mystery     
683 Nov 23 1935 The Doll That Talked     
684 Nov 30 1935 Spanish Gold     
685 Dec 07 1935 Valerie Drew Guilty     
686 Dec 14 1935 Father Christmas Valerie     
687 Dec 21 1935 The Case Of The Burgled Xmas Tree     
688 Dec 28 1935 Ghost Of The Silent Belfry     
689 Jan 04 1936 Robbery From The Clouds     
690 Jan 11 1936 The Wild Bear Of The Snows     
691 Jan 18 1936 The Case Of The Phantom Fairy     
692 Jan 25 1936 The Silent Smithy    
693 Feb 01 1936 Peril At The Rink     
694 Feb 08 1936 Diamond Of Danger     
695 Feb 15 1936 The Secret Of Hermit's Folly     
696 Feb 22 1936 When Flash Failed     
697 Feb 29 1936 The Song With A Secret     
698 Mar 07 1936 The Dummy Without A Name     
699 Mar 14 1936 Riddle Of The Red Arrows     
700 Mar 21 1936 The Ghost Of Odd Cottage    
Issue 701

28th March 1936

The Case Of The Vanished Film Star     
702 Apr 04 1936 That Problem In Paint     
703 Apr 11 1936 The League Of The Golden Mask     
704 Apr 18 1936 The Trail Of The Screen Star's Photo     
705 Apr 25 1936 That Amazing House Of Magic     
706 May 02 1936 The 13th Dancer     
707 May 09 1936 The Girl From Hollywood     
708 May 16 1936 The Clue Of The Mauve Moccasin     
709 May 23 1936 The Wraith Of Raven House     
710 May 30 1936 Cave Of Amazing Music    
711 Jun 06 1936 The Haunted Camp     
712 Jun 13 1936 The Girl Water-Walker     
713 Jun 20 1936 Matches Of Mystery     
714 Jun 27 1936 The Girl With Half A Home    
715 Jun 04 1936 The Threat Of The Tolling Bell    
716 Jul 11 1936 Ship Of Secrets     
717 Jul 18 1936 Puzzle Of The Palm-Trees    
718 Jul 25 1936 Beads Of Warning    
719 Aug 01 1936 The Clue Of The Icing Sugar    
720 Aug 08 1936 The Walking Waxworks    
721 Aug 15 1936 The Phantom Hound    
722 Aug 22 1936 Captives Of The Hidden Room    
723 Aug 29 1936 Flash On Guard    
724 Sep 05 1936 Clocks That Stopped In The Night    
725 Sep 12 1936 The Clue Of The Walnut Shells    
726 Sep 19 1936 The Highwayman Of Hickling    
727 Sep 26 1936 The Moonlight Trapezist    
728 Oct 03 1936 The Stolen Princess    
729 Oct 10 1936 Spectre Of The Mountains    
Issue 730

17th October 1936

The Case Of The Haunted Chimneys    
731 Oct 24 1936 The House Of Disappearances    
732 Oct 31 1936 Driven From The Derelict    
733 Nov 07 1936 The Phantom Of Felsea Pier    
734 Nov 14 1936 Robin Hood's Revenge    
735 Nov 21 1936 The Problem Of The Pets    
736 Nov 28 1936 The Case Of The Curio Shop    
737 Dec 05 1936 The Menace Of Rook House    
738 Dec 12 1936 Captives Of Mystery Castle    
739 Dec 19 1936 The Whispering Monk    
740 Dec 26 1936 The Statue That Changed Positions    
741 Jan 02 1937 Silent Clock Of Disaster    
742 Jan 09 1937 Robbery At The Studio    
743 Jan 16 1937 The League Of The Ivory Statues    
744 Jan 23 1937 Seen In A Glass Screen    
745 Jan 30 1937 The Case Of The Gipsy Symbol    
746 Feb 06 1937 The Van Of Invisible Folk    
747 Feb 13 1937 The Phantom Frock    
748 Feb 20 1937 Flames Of Mystery    
Feb 27 1937 The Riddle Of The Wax Model    
750 Mar 06 1937 The Menace Of The Golden Crescent    
751 Mar 13 1937 Castle Of Fear    
752 Mar 20 1937 Footprints Of Mystery    
753 Mar 27 1937 The Case Of The Moving Paintings    
754 Apr 03 1937 The Witch Of Weirholme Castle    
755 Apr 10 1937 Clues From The Past    
756 Apr 17 1937 The Case Of The Chinese Lantern    
757 Apr 24 1937 Valerie Drew's Blunder    
758 May 01 1937 Marcelle Meets Her Match    
759 May 08 1937 Cloud Over The Carnival    
May 15 1937 A Princess Comes To Town    
761 May 22 1937 The House Of Suspects    
762 May 29 1937 Challenged - By Marcelle    
763 Jun 05 1937 The Secret Of The Swimming Pool    
764 Jun 12 1937 The Camp Of Queer Happenings    
765 Jun 19 1937 After Hours    
766 Jun 26 1937 The Case Of The Curious Keys    
767 Jul 03 1937 The Flying Phantom    
768 Jul 10 1937 The Mystery Of The Green Arrow    
769 Jul 17 1937 Wedding Bells Thanks To Valerie    
770 Jul 24 1937 Valerie's World-Wide Quest   1/13
771 Jul 31 1937 Her Masquerade In Marseilles   2/13
772 Aug 07 1937 On Mystery's Trail In Madeira   3/13
773 Aug 14 1937 The Menace Of Marcelle   4/13
774 Aug 21 1937 On The Trail In New York   5/13
775 Aug 28 1937 Valerie Joins The Circus   6/13
776 Sep 04 1937 The Danger Trail   7/13
Sep 11 1937 The Hoaxer Of Hollywood   8/13
778 Sep 18 1937 The Hunchback Of Tahiti   9/13
779 Sep 25 1937 The Tragedy Of Marcelle   10/13
780 Oct 02 1937 The Foe Turned Friend   11/13
781 Oct 09 1937 Valerie's World-Wide Quest   12/13
782 Oct 16 1937 The Menace Of Colonel Mars   13/13
783 Oct 23 1937 The Case Of The Crimson Thumb-Print    
784 Oct 30 1937 Where Great Ships Gather    
Issue 785

6th November 1937

Peril At The Pottery    
Issue 786

13th November 1936

Hermit Of Haunted Valley    
787 Nov 20 1937 The Strange Case Of Jacques Daudain    
788 Nov 27 1937 Rich Man, Poor Man    
789 Dec 04 1937 The Monster Of Mardsea    
790 Dec 11 1937 If Valerie Failed    
Issue 791

18th December 1937

The Secret Of The S.S. "Santa Claus"    
792 Dec 25 1937 She Came Back At Christmas    
793 Jan 01 1938 The Clue Of The Circle Of Light    
794 Jan 08 1938 Valerie Drew's Rival    
795 Jan 15 1938 The Mystery Of The Miniature    
796 Jan 22 1938 Aid From An Enemy    
797 Jan 29 1938 Valerie Joins The Raiders    
798 Feb 05 1938 The Stolen Statuette    
799 Feb 12 1938 Valerie The Venturesome    
800 Feb 19 1938 Robbery - "At Rehearsal"    
801 Feb 26 1938 Black Watcher Of The White House    
802 Mar 05 1938 The Man Who Found Out    
803 Mar 12 1938 Caught By A Castaway    
804 Mar 19 1938 On The Night Of The Full Moon    
805 Mar 26 1938 "Hide And Seek" In The Circus    
806 Apr 02 1938 The Locked Library    
807 Apr 09 1938   The School On Haunted Island 1/15
808 Apr 16 1938   The School On Haunted Island 2/15
809 Apr 23 1938   The School On Haunted Island 3/15
810 Apr 30 1938   The School On Haunted Island 4/15
811 May 07 1938   The School On Haunted Island 5/15
812 May 14 1938   The School On Haunted Island 6/15
813 May 21 1938   The School On Haunted Island 7/15
814 May 28 1938   The School On Haunted Island 8/15
815 Jun 04 1938   The School On Haunted Island 9/15
816 Jun 11 1938   The School On Haunted Island 10/15
817 Jun 18 1938   The School On Haunted Island 11/15
818 Jun 25 1938   The School On Haunted Island 12/15
819 Jul 02 1938   The School On Haunted Island 13/15
820 Jul 09 1938   The School On Haunted Island 14/15
821 Jul 16 1938   The School On Haunted Island 15/15
822 Jul 23 1938   The Menace Of The Masks 1/15
823 Jul 30 1938   The Menace Of The Masks 2/15
824 Aug 06 1938   The Menace Of The Masks 3/15
825 Aug 13 1938   The Menace Of The Masks 4/15
826 Aug 20 1938   The Menace Of The Masks 5/15
827 Aug 27 1938   The Menace Of The Masks 6/15
828 Sep 03 1938   The Menace Of The Masks 7/15
829 Sep 10 1938   The Menace Of The Masks 8/15
830 Sep 17 1938   The Menace Of The Masks 9/15
831 Sep 24 1938   The Menace Of The Masks 10/15
832 Oct 01 1938   The Menace Of The Masks 11/15
833 Oct 08 1938   The Menace Of The Masks 12/15
834 Oct 15 1938   The Menace Of The Masks 13/15
835 Oct 22 1938   The Menace Of The Masks 14/15
836 Oct 29 1938   The Menace Of The Masks 15/15
837 Nov 05 1938   To The "Snow Queen's" Aid 1/15
838 Nov 12 1938   To The "Snow Queen's" Aid 2/15
839 Nov 19 1938   To The "Snow Queen's" Aid 3/15
840 Nov 26 1938   To The "Snow Queen's" Aid 4/15
841 Dec 03 1938   To The "Snow Queen's" Aid 5/15
842 Dec 10 1938   To The "Snow Queen's" Aid 6/15
843 Dec 17 1938   To The "Snow Queen's" Aid 7/15
844 Dec 24 1938   To The "Snow Queen's" Aid 8/15
845 Dec 31 1938   To The "Snow Queen's" Aid 9/15
846 Jan 07 1939   To The "Snow Queen's" Aid 10/15
847 Jan 14 1939   To The "Snow Queen's" Aid 11/15
848 Jan 21 1939   To The "Snow Queen's" Aid 12/15
849 Jan 28 1939   To The "Snow Queen's" Aid 13/15
850 Feb 04 1939   To The "Snow Queen's" Aid 14/15
851 Feb 11 1939   To The "Snow Queen's" Aid 15/15
852 Feb 18 1939   House Of Hidden Peril 1/14
853 Feb 25 1939   House Of Hidden Peril 2/14
854 Mar 04 1939   House Of Hidden Peril 3/14
855 Mar 11 1939   House Of Hidden Peril 4/14
856 Mar 18 1939   House Of Hidden Peril 5/14
857 Mar 25 1939   House Of Hidden Peril 6/14
858 Apr 01 1939   House Of Hidden Peril 7/14
859 Apr 08 1939   House Of Hidden Peril 8/14
860 Apr 15 1939   House Of Hidden Peril 9/14
861 Apr 22 1939   House Of Hidden Peril 10/14
862 Apr 29 1939   House Of Hidden Peril 11/14
863 May 06 1939   House Of Hidden Peril 12/14
864 May 13 1939   House Of Hidden Peril 13/14
865 May 20 1939   House Of Hidden Peril 14/14