Vintage Pulp Feb 26 2015
MOS DEFINITELY
Mario de Berardinis makes the Mos of his considerable talent.

We’ve shared the work of Italian poster illustrator Mario de Berardinis several times and thought today would be a good day to revisit him. De Berardinis began painting movie posters in the late 1940s, but most of his output seems to have occurred during the 1960s and 1970s, when he created scores of brilliant promos, including the iconic Barbarella poster you see above. He usually signed his work Mos, or sometimes Almos, but some pieces bear his full name. He worked until his death in 1977, and his posters today are collectible and expensive. You can see three of our previous posts on De Berardinis here, here, and here.

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Vintage Pulp Sep 14 2010
NOTTE BY NATURE
These posters look a bit like scenes from our last week.

Above, we have an assortment of posters for Italian sex documentaries, circa 1960s, with art by Manfredo Borsi and others. You may have noticed that of late we’ve had a lot of information-free posts on the site, and this is another one, but we have a good excuse—marriage. Yes, one of the Pulp Intl. cast of thousands got married Friday and so we’ve had a hard time doing the usual research due to the fact that we’ve had our hands full with twenty-six guests who flew in from overseas. When people fly so far, they expect to be entertained, and we’ve done that by getting them involved in situations very much like what you see on these posters. As a side note, we’ve noticed that our traffic is up this week, even though we haven’t had time to write anything. It’s almost like people are trying to tell us they come to the site not for our astounding insights and wry prose, but for the pretty pictures. But that can’t be true, can it? Of course not. Ciao for now. 

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History Rewind
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
April 19
1927—Mae West Sentenced to Jail
American actress and playwright Mae West is sentenced to ten days in jail for obscenity for the content of her play Sex. The trial occurred even though the play had run for a year and had been seen by 325,000 people. However West's considerable popularity, already based on her risque image, only increased due to the controversy.
1971—Manson Sentenced to Death
In the U.S, cult leader Charles Manson is sentenced to death for inciting the murders of Sharon Tate and several other people. Three accomplices, who had actually done the killing, were also sentenced to death, but the state of California abolished capital punishment in 1972 and neither they nor Manson were ever actually executed.
April 18
1923—Yankee Stadium Opens
In New York City, Yankee Stadium, home of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees, opens with the Yankees beating their eternal rivals the Boston Red Sox 4 to 1. The stadium, which is nicknamed The House that Ruth Built, sees the Yankees become the most successful franchise in baseball history. It is eventually replaced by a new Yankee Stadium and closes in September 2008.
April 17
1961—Bay of Pigs Invasion Is Launched
A group of CIA financed and trained Cuban refugees lands at the Bay of Pigs in southern Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro. However, the invasion fails badly and the result is embarrassment for U.S. president John F. Kennedy and a major boost in popularity for Fidel Castro, and also has the effect of pushing him toward the Soviet Union for protection.
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