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On June 9, 1860, Malaeska: The Indian Wife of the White Hunter became the first dime novel to be published.

Dime Museum, South State Street, Chicago.
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A dime is a coin issued by the United States Mint with a denomination of one-tenth of a United States dollar, or ten cents.

As a linguistic compound in dime novel and dime museum it literally means for the price of a dime. In contemperary usage it extends to the meaning of cheap.

See also: --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dime_%28U.S._coin%29

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