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FROM THE COLLEC TION   THE TICKER explicit financial themes and characters. Of course, many of the people and storylines in these titles share the derivative and formulaic characteristics of dime novels and other mass produced literature designed to reach a wide audience. Nevertheless, the collection is an incredibly rich and overlooked source for examining popular representations of and attitudes toward banking, the stock market, Wall Street and other features of American capitalism in the early 20th century.  Sarah Buonacore is currently studying for her master’s degree in Museum Studies at NYU. Franklin Sammons recently completed his MA in history at the University of Georgia, where he studied the cultural and economic history of the US, particularly the intertwined histories of slavery and capitalism. Sarah and Franklin are both Graduate Collections & Archives Interns at the Museum. Sources “Dime Novels and Penny Dreadfuls” http:// “Dime Novels.” American Treasures of the Library of Congress. exhibits/treasures/tri015.html Hoppenstand, Gary, ed. The Dime Novel Detective. Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green University Press, 1982. Smith, Erin A. “Pulp Sensations.” In The Cambridge Companion to Popular Fiction edited by David Glover and Scott McCracken. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. DEC 1974 The Crash of 1973–74 hits rock-bottom, as the DJIA closes at 577.60, down 45.1% from its high of January 1973. DEC 1835 A fire rages through Lower Manhattan, destroying the New York Stock & Exchange building. A strongbox containing important Exchange documents is rescued from the flames by a broker. DEC 18 1985 The US House of Representatives approves the Tax Reform Act of 1986.  |  Fall 2012  |  FINANCIAL HISTORY  13