Vintage Pulp Nov 6 2019
WEIGHTY QUESTION
You haven't gained an ounce, baby. And even if you had, ten years of marriage have taught me to keep my dumb mouth shut.


Random French goodness today, a cover for J. Effeme's romance novel Reine de beauté. This was published by Editions de S.T.A.E.L. in 1950 with Louis Carrière on the art duties. What's the S.T.A.E.L. stand for? Some Toulouse Artfucks Editing Lite-Porn. Well, the company was from Toulouse. The rest, don't quote us on it. 

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Vintage Pulp Dec 10 2014
LEAPING AHEAD
Speaking of jumping me, what are you doing later?

It had been two years since we found any cover art from Louis Carrière, but Bordeaux solved that problem. Above you see his front for L’amour se joue aux dames, written by Christiane Leleu-Mazeron and published in 1950 by Éditions S.T.A.E.L. for their Collection Ciboulette. Regarding the title, “dames” means ladies of course, but “jeu de dames” actually refers to the game of checkers, or what Brits call draughts, so the complete title means “love is playing checkers.” You see that Carrière went literal with his art. If you’re interested in more of his work, just click his keywords below.

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Vintage Pulp Jul 4 2013
STOLEN KISSES
If it feels good just do it.


You never forget your first kiss, right? Pulp and sleaze paperback covers have always been a medium for this form of affection, and so today we have for you below some of the most memorable kisses we’ve encountered over the years. A couple of these are from triplexbooks.com, a site we’ve already mentioned as worth a look. Art by Paul Rader, Louis 
Carrière, Ernest Chiriaka and others. Enjoy.


 
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Vintage Pulp Feb 22 2011
LOVE ACTUALLY
Je t’aime... moi non plus.

Above, assorted covers from Collection Amor Amor, which was a series of pulps published in France by Carquois during the early 1950s. All of these have art from Louis CarrièreWe hope to find some Carrière when we return to Paris, but we suspect they'll be hella expensive. We'll see. Meanwhile, you can enjoy more from this master here and here.  

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Vintage Pulp Nov 24 2009
FRENCH REVIVAL
How I spent my summer vacation.

We posted five Louis Carrière covers a while back and said we didn’t know very much about him, but we’d keep our eyes open. Since then we’ve found out a few things. He was born in Toulouse, France in 1920, into a family with an art background. He drew as a youngster but it wasn’t until the mid-1940s that he painted professionally. It happened thanks to a Greek professor at a local college who asked Carrière to contribute art to a couple of scholarly books. After that, he was in high demand as an illustrator of pulps and postcards. Apparently, he had settled into a quiet retirement by the 1980s and had no idea people were collecting his work until a chance meeting with a fan. We can certainly understand the interest—everything we’ve seen from Carrière is pure genius, including this cover of L’Inconnue dans la mer, aka Unknown Woman of the Sea, by Jean Jacques. We’ll keep digging for more info and art on Carrière, and share whatever we find.     

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Vintage Pulp Aug 22 2009
MELANGE FRANCAIS
Whatever the mix, if it's French it's good.

French Pulp Cover, La Vipére De Shanghai
French Pulp Cover, Virage A L’Est
French Pulp Cover, Le Gang des Toubibs
French Pulp Cover, Meurtres à l’ O.N.U.

Random mix of vintage French paperback fronts, circa 1950s. The art here is by Jean David, Jean Salvetti, aka Salva, Louis Carrière and others.

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Vintage Pulp Aug 21 2009
LOUIS PRIMO
An artist in his prime.

Louis Carrière Art
Louis Carrière Art
Louis Carrière Art
Louis Carrière Art
Louis Carrière Art

Selection of Louis Carrière covers, circa late 1940s, early 1950s. We never heard of this guy before yesterday, but we gotta say, his stuff is fantastic. We're told he churned out a tremendous volume of work—at least 3,000 book covers and postcards between 1946 and 1952—but for someone so prolific there are woefully few sources of information about him. Nevertheless, we will be keeping an eye out for more of his art.

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History Rewind
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
November 13
1971—Mariner Orbits Mars
The NASA space probe Mariner 9 becomes the first spacecraft to orbit another planet successfully when it begins circling Mars. Among the images it transmits back to Earth are photos of Olympus Mons, a volcano three times taller than Mount Everest and so wide at its base that, due to curvature of the planet, its peak would be below the horizon to a person standing on its outer slope.
November 12
1912—Missing Explorer Robert Scott Found
British explorer Robert Falcon Scott and his men are found frozen to death on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica, where they had been pinned down and immobilized by bad weather, hunger and fatigue. Scott's expedition, known as the Terra Nova expedition, had attempted to be the first to reach the South Pole only to be devastated upon finding that Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had beaten them there by five weeks. Scott wrote in his diary: "The worst has happened. All the day dreams must go. Great God! This is an awful place."
1933—Nessie Spotted for First Time
Hugh Gray takes the first known photos of the Loch Ness Monster while walking back from church along the shore of the Loch near the town of Foyers. Only one photo came out, but of all the images of the monster, this one is considered the most authentic.
1969—My Lai Massacre Revealed
Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh breaks the story of the My Lai massacre, which had occurred in Vietnam more than a year-and-a-half earlier but been covered up by military officials. That day, U.S. soldiers killed between 350 and 500 unarmed civilians, including women, the elderly, and infants. The event devastated America's image internationally and galvanized the U.S. anti-war effort. For Hersh's efforts he received a Pulitzer Prize.
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