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Enslaved by a Pirate: Topics in Chronicling America

In 1907, the pirate comic series, "Enslaved by a Pirate," makes its newspaper debut. This guide provides access to materials related to "Enslaved by a Pirate” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.


"Introducing a Hero and a Pirate. Robert (Left). Flakey Crust (Right)." August 1, 1907. Albuquerque Citizen (Albuquerque, NM), Image 7. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

Join Robert, the young hero of this tale, and Colonel Crust, the fierce pirate captain, on a swashbuckling sea adventure across the Spanish Main! Dissatisfied with his life selling dime novels, Robert boards the “Baby Mine” to learn what being a pirate is all about. “Enslaved by a Pirate” is forgotten comic story series by F.W. Schaefer and A.D. Condo, and the Library of Congress is the only place where you can read this story to its conclusion. So shiver your timbers and fasten your halyards. ARRR! Read more about it!

The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.

The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.


June 18, 1907 “Enslaved by a Pirate” makes its debut in the Seattle Star.
June 28, 1907 Robert meets Colonel Flakey Crust aboard the “Baby Mine.”
July 4, 1907 After rousing fisticuffs, Robert becomes the new captain.
July 5, 1907 Robert leads the pirates in his first raid.
July 9, 1907 In an ironic twist of fate, the pirates maroon Robert on a desert island.
July 10, 1907 Flakey Crust sells his ship, because “honesty is the best piracy.”