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Another Bit By Napoleon Hill Surfaces

From the same 1920 issue of Gas Industry noted earlier.

Google Book Search is an embarrassment and this should have surfaced in my earlier search.


Not all who wear little American flags in the lapel of their coats and take off their hats as the flag goes by, are loyal Americans.

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Napoleon Hill: More Miscellany

Battling with the inept Google Books search facility (it’s almost as bad as Google search itself now!), I was able to extract five new things relating to or by Napoleon Hill.

Updated with a sixth thing.

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Napoleon Hill And The Master Key

Searching Google Books is an exercise in being abused. The same results never turn up twice. Which is why this has never appeared before now.

From a 1919 edition of The Master-Key to Riches by Charles Francis Haanel:

Chicago, 111.,
April 21, 1919.

Mr. Chas. F. Haanel,
St. Louis, Mo.

My dear Mr. Haanel:

You probably know, from the editorial in the January issue of the Golden Rule, copy of which my Secretary sent to you, that I began twenty-two years ago as a coal miner at a dollar a day.

I have just been retained by a ten million dollar corporation at a salary of $105,200.00 a year, for a portion of my time only, it having been agreed that I shall continue as editor of the Hill’s Golden Rule.

I believe in giving credit where it is due, therefore I believe I ought to inform you that my present success and the success which has followed my work as President of the Napoleon Hill Institute is due largely to the principles laid down in the Master-Key System.

You are doing a good work by helping people to realize that nothing is impossible of accomplishment which a man can create in his imagination. Surely my own experience proves this.

I shall co-operate with you in getting your course into the hands of the many who so greatly need your message.

Cordially and sincerely,


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Napoleon Hill: The “Missing Pages”

Some scam site says of Think and Grow Rich:

Unless you read one of the rare original copies of the book you probably missed the critical instructions from Napoleon Hill. There are actually two pages missing from almost every single version ever printed. Below is a copy of part of one of those missing pages.

Let me save you from being preyed on.

After the break, here are those two pages, from this site. The text is in the public domain, but not all editions available online have these two pages. No one should be suckered to get these two pages.

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Napoleon Hill Miscellany

From a 1914 issue of the Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office:


I have not been able to find a patent associated with that. The application might not have been granted.

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1921: Napoleon Hill: Not His Finest Hour

From a 1921 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association:


We are undone — or possibly it would be more accurate to say that we are about to be undone. The medical profession is to meet its Napoleon. A few days ago those fortunate individuals whose names are on the mailing list of the Palmer School of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa, received a three-page letter from Napoleon Hill, the editor of Napoleon Hill’s Magazine, “A Magazine of Economic Philosophy” having offices in New York City. Napoleon has a secret for the chiropractors — such a vital secret that he can make public only a small part of it at this time. It is this: Napoleon, “in addition to carrying on a systematic propaganda … in behalf of Chiropractic” in his magazine, has “arranged with one of the best men in the moving picture business to write a psychological play that will be filmed and shown broadcast over America and in Canada.” But let Nap. tell it:

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Napoleon Hill: Two Photos

A Commenter suggested I search the Library of Congress catalog for that rare Napoleon Hill book.

They had no record.

But I found two photos I’ve never seen before.

Source: Library of Congress

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Is This Napoleon Hill Book Extinct?

I turned to the research experts at the New York Public Library and their nationwide search for it came up with no copies.

This book is apparently a tie-in to this lengthy piece Hill did for Modern Methods.

I’d like to know if this book exists at all. I’d like to get a replica of it (not pay through the nose for the original). The claim of letters from those prominent men fascinates me and I’d like to see them with my own eyes. I don’t recall seeing any letters like those in Hill’s other works.


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Think And Grow Rich Book Web

Amazon Book Search Results Visualized

Continuing what has turned out to be Napoleon Hill Day here, I tried it for Think and Grow Rich (print edition):

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That will be hard to see even enlarged. Hill’s book is in the red circle and it links to all those other books — according to what others have bought.

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Rare Napoleon Hill Writings: November 1921

Napoleon Hill is the author of the always-in-print classic, Think and Grow Rich.

I’ve found writings of his in the public domain at Google Books. I’m not an expert in his work, but I have to think this material is rare and possibly hasn’t been seen since it was first published.

This is the seventh and final post of this series with his rare writing.

This one is an appearance that might mark a turning point of sorts. It’s a trade magazine for the leather industry. Hill doesn’t appear in the Table of Contents and his work is basically a short filler — but this time the byline is for his magazine. That makes me wonder if some of his material was being syndicated.

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