I was a Tom Swift Junior aficionado
growing up. I would save up all my money for the week, go to Willers
, the variety store at Yonge St.
and Ranleigh Av. in North Toronto
and get one of the dozens--it seemed--of the books.
I would then take it home, reading as I walked, only to stop, momentarily, to look both ways at the crosswalk at Mt. Pleasant Av. Getting home, I devoured the remainder of it. This hit was finished in less than an hour and a half.
I can say, quite authoritatively, that there were two series: Tom Swift Senior written by Victor Appleton Senior, and Tom Swift Junior, written by Victor Appleton Junior.
The story frameworks were similar in that the heros had companies that could make prototypes--the Junior series had Swift Enterprises--and manufactures lines--the Senior series had Swift Construction that were the solutions to all the problems that came up. I was entranced, and wanted to grow up to be Tom swift Junior--though not much growing up, since he was only in his late teens when I was reading the books; his father had pretty much receded to the backround by then.
In some ways, they presented the American Way like a kind of scientific Hardy Boys: the answer to all problems is industrial. I remember no racial stereotypes, but then, I saw nothing wrong with the industrial solution either.