Vintage Pulp Apr 16 2016
PAUSE AND PLAY
It's going to be a tight fit but I think I can find just enough space to squeeze you in.

Here's a beautiful art piece we saw on an auction site a while back, 1963's Sexual Interlude from Europa Books, Ltd., which was a U.S. publisher that specialized in sleaze novels with fold-out covers. The illustrator isn't credited, but we know Bill Edwards painted some Europa fronts and in fact this looks very much like his work—so much so that we're going to say it's him and await confirmation or correction. The author likewise isn't noted on the cover but the book was written by Fred Dessiers, who doesn't appear anywhere else in the literary record that we can find. Europa fold-outs are rare because the company was short-lived, but this discovery shows that their novels are worth seeking, at least for the art.

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Vintage Pulp Mar 8 2013
LADY AND THE LASH
I can’t take it! Please stop! I swear I’ll be austere!

Her name was Europa, and three wealthy, ruthless men enslaved her—two were the almost indistinguishable brothers who went by the initials EC and ECB, and the third was the rogue IMF, he who wielded the whip, extracting whatever he desired from the helpless by threats and force. Okay, actually this book has nothing to do with any of that, but it seemed an obvious joke to make. In reality this tale of European decadence by the important author Robert Briffault is populated by a completely different cast—a violinist named Pravduski, a baroness named Rubenstein, a Russian princess named Zena, and the man who loved her… rugged Julian Bern. Actually, maybe our characters are better. Anyway, Europa was published in 1935 by Charles Scribner’s Sons, and this pulped out Avon paperback edition arrived in 1950 with the above cover and the alternate version below. We saw this for auction online asking $65, by the way. But nobody bought it. In such austere times, who could have possibly afforded it?

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Femmes Fatales Aug 12 2009
NIAGARA DOLL
The greatest tourist attraction for hundreds of miles around.

French burlesque performer Lily Niagara, seen here at the Crazy Horse Saloon in Paris during filming for Alessandra Blasetti’s sex documentary Europa di notti, 1959.

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History Rewind
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
October 31
1984—Indira Gandhi Assassinated
In India, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by two of her own Sikh security guards in the garden of the Prime Minister's Residence at No. 1, Safdarjung Road in New Delhi. Gandhi had been walking to meet British actor Peter Ustinov for an interview. Riots soon break out in New Delhi and nearly 2,000 Sikhs are killed.
October 30
1945—Robinson Signs with Dodgers
Jackie Robinson, who had been playing with the Negro League team the Kansas City Monarchs, signs a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers to become the first African-American major leaguer of the modern baseball era.
1961—Soviets Detonate Super Nuke
The Soviet Union detonates an experimental nuclear weapon called Tsar Bomba over the Arctic Circle, which, with a yield of 100 megatons of TNT, was then and remains today the most powerful weapon ever used by humanity.
October 29
1901—William McKinley's Assassin Executed
Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of U.S. President William McKinley, is executed at Auburn State Prison in Auburn, New York by means of the electric chair. Czolgosz had shot McKinley twice with a cheap revolver and the President had lingered for several days before dying. After Czolgosz is executed, he is buried on prison grounds and sulfuric acid is thrown into his coffin to disfigure his body and result in its quick decomposition.
1982—Lindy Chamberlain Convicted of Murder
In Australia, Lindy Chamberlain is found guilty of the murder of her nine-week-old daughter. The baby was killed during a camping trip in the Australian interior. Chamberlain claimed a dingo had taken the baby, but a jury decided Chamberlain cut the infant's throat and buried her. The body was never found, but forensic experts played a large role in the conviction. Four years after the trial the baby's jacket is found inside a dingo lair, backing up Chamberlain's claim, and she is released from prison.
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