Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Fabulous Fifties Pulp Fiction

I just bought a large lot of paperback fiction on ebay. The books date from the early 20th century to the 1950s and all have the most wonderful cover illustrations. They include a small but intriguing selection of 1930s Anglo-Indian fiction which I'm looking forward to reading since my mother's side of the family was based in India at that time. But the most fabulous classic pulp fiction illustrations belong to the late 40s - early 50s detective titles, so I thought I'd share those first.





Aren't they awesome? By the way I'm selling some of these (and more) on ebay.

9 comments:

  1. Pulp Fiction covers always strike me as incredibly saucy for their era. It's really interesting how some of the attitudes we would find shockingly sexist (and I notice with one, racially sterotypical) and 'sexy' if someone had them on a book today were just there on the covers of books! Mind you, I am sure in 50 years time people will say the same of the adverts on MTV!

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  2. Fascinating!!! In my history of the media course this semester we had an incredibly interesting class on the development of pulp fiction. In fact, our special collections has the second-largest collection of pulp fiction in the United States. They're so interesting, you're lucky to get your hands on such a great collection! :)

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  3. I've got a few battered paperbacks I can't part with because of their covers, but none of them are as brilliant as "Cover that Corpse"

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  4. Those covers are just great! I could totally make good qualities of them and hang them about the house.

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  5. Wow, they look amazing! Thank you for sharing :)
    R xx

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  6. These are wonderful! Have to agree with Vayshti, 'Cover that Corpse' is too good for words - thoroughly amused me!

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  7. Pulp fiction covers are sooo good. I knew someone years ago who collected them and had a whole ROOM full, wish I were still in touch with him now!! :)

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