Queen City Book Store, 1977 – 1980

Queen City 1977-4

Queen City 1977-3

Queen City 1977-2

Queen City 1978-2

Queen City 1978

Queen City 1979

Queen City 1979-2

Queen City Late 1970s

Queen City Early 1980s

Emil J. Novak, Sr. opened Buffalo, New York’s Queen City Bookstore in 1969. He and his family still own and run the place. I found all of the remarkable photos on the website’s history gallery. Some of the gems I spotted are posted below.

What can I say that I haven’t said before? We need more stores like this. Kids need more awesome stuff like this. They deserve the chance to roam around in places that exist with them in mind (I’m talking about libraries too), flip open a random book, and have their minds blown forever. What we now dismiss as “obsolete physical media” once propped up local communities and ignited the imagination of generations. It’s not just books that influenced and inspired me, but the places I found them in.

You can see more book stores and comic book stores here.

Alien Trading Cards 1979

LOTR Fotonovel 1979

Star Trek Catalog 1979

Star Wars Special Edition 1977

Space Wars 1979

7 Responses to “Queen City Book Store, 1977 – 1980”


  1. 1 Brian February 12, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    I have that book in the last picture.Bought it when I was 12.I still have it today. The artwork is fantastic and the text is like a mockumentary,making the book like a random history of Future worlds, including our own.Cool.

    • 2 2W2N February 12, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      Yes! It’s part of the Terran Trade Authority series. Very popular and influential.

      • 3 Brian February 15, 2016 at 9:28 pm

        Now that I know this, the book doesn’t soom so odd.Ive researched a bit about other books now I want to find them.Nohing I like better than a good collectible hunt in the dead of Winter!

  2. 4 G February 12, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Very well said, we need places like this. Wonderful photos. G x

  3. 7 Forest Murmurs February 16, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    That place looks unbelievably cool. How wonderful that they are still going strong today.


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