Vintage Pulp Jun 6 2024
VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS
But only if they've got what it takes.


It's time we got back to mid-century glamour model Virginia De Lee, so here she is starring on another high quality Technicolor lithograph. You can click her keywords below to see the others. This one is titled “Lola,” and has no specific publication date that we can find, but call it 1957 or a little later.

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Vintage Pulp May 10 2024
THE BARN IDENTITY
I'll do it with you, but don't tell my pa. He thinks I only fool around with my cousins.


Don't take offense country-dwellers. We're just running with the time-honored myth established by mid-century authors that rural people hop into the hay with any ole body as easily as they hop over split-rail fences. Don't believe us? Look here, here, and here. Need more? Look here and here too. See? We don't make the rules. We just abuse them. Anyway, this Technicolor lithograph features an unidentified model and is called, “The Farmer's Daughter.” It dates from 1954.

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Vintage Pulp Mar 18 2024
TOTALLY TUBULAR
I've been anticipating these outings a lot more since I heard there's a fish called a slippery dick.


No, we didn't make it up, you non-fishers out there. There's a slippery dick. It's native to western Atlantic waters, for example the Carolina coast. This Technicolor lithograph, titled “Swimmin' Hole,” is native to the mid-1950s. The model here enjoying the use of an innertube is unknown to us, as they often are.

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Vintage Pulp Feb 27 2024
ZINSATIONAL
A new twist on a classic art form.


The two items above serve as interesting examples of how long Technicolor lithographs were manufactured in the U.S. We've seen and shared examples from as far back as 1952, but the two above feature Pamela Zinszer, who modeled and acted during the early 1970s and was a Playboy centerfold in March 1974. We've gotten used to calling these Technicolor lithos because of the printing process, but we can't be sure ones as late as these used that method. We'll stick with the terminology, though. See plenty more Technicolor lithos by clicking the keywords just below.

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Vintage Pulp Feb 5 2024
CUSTOM DROP TOP
There's no freer feeling than fresh air on your... um, than fresh air.

Today we have one of our favorite items from the mid-century era—a Technicolor lithograph with an acetate overlay. We've shared a number of these. The star here is Bonnie Logan, model and stage performer. She was of a more provocative variety than usual for her time, which you can get a sense of here and particularly here. This piece is probably from around 1960. As for our other examples, you wanna see them all? Okay, if you check this link, then this one, and follow the subsequent links from there, you'll be able to—we think—look at every one we've posted. 

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Vintage Pulp Jun 21 2023
ON AGAIN OFF AGAIN
When the mood strikes she wastes no time.


Amazingly, it's been four years since we shared a Technicolor lithograph with a cellophane overlay. It isn't because we don't have any. It's because we have scans of the overlays, but not the underlays. Is that a word? Anyway, for that reason, and because we can't identify the models, we've neglected this rare mid-century art form. But today we have one for you. A lovely but unidentified model poses for a shot titled, “Pensive Mood.” When you lift the cellophane, her underwear is peeled away and she's revealed in all her glory, as you see. The date on this is no later than 1966, which we know because we found the image as a calendar shot from that year. For a look at our other overlay lithos click this link, and follow the links in that post.

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Vintage Pulp Mar 27 2023
GRAND TORINO
Cruising in luxury with the top down.


These Technicolor lithograph models are difficult to identify, but for today's, which is titled “At Ease” and dates from 1959, the work has been done for us. A couple of online outlets confidently state that she's Joan Torino. Now, as far as which Joan Torino—that's a little trickier. We found reference to one who was a burlesque dancer at Red Heads Burlesque Theater in Hoboken, a club that first opened during the 1930s and lasted at least until the 1960s. Same time period, same name—gotta be the same Joan, right? That's what we're going with until corrected. Oh, and incidentally, yes, we know the car was called a Gran Torino. Gran or Grand—they both fit Joan.

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Vintage Pulp Feb 2 2023
DOUBLE SOLITAIRE
They won't be playing by themselves for long.


Above are two 1950s-era Technicolor lithographs featuring a pair of models with playing cards. Only the second is playing solitaire. The first seems to be spokesmodeling: “Call now and you can win a deck of enormous cards!” The first litho is called, “Ace of Hearts,” and the second, which has been retouched to the extent that it has the look of a painting, is titled, “No Cheating.” We don't know who the women are. That's true of about half the lithos we share. Occasionally, though, someone emails us with an identification, so feel free. We're always around.

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Vintage Pulp Dec 6 2022
HOLE LOTTA HAT
Fashion accessory or rift in the space-time continuum?


These two Technicolor lithographs feature the one and only Evelyn West, model and burlesque dancer extraordinaire, bearer of interesting nicknames, and pioneer in erotic craft. The top litho is called “Soft and Lovely,” and the one where it looks like a hole has opened in the fabric of space-time is called “Cleo,” for some reason. And while we know what we're seeing in that second litho is a hat, it's weirdly and disconcertingly featureless. But whether dangerously large fashion accessory or voracious cosmic gullet, bystanders would have needed to stand well clear. It's a great shot, though. Both lithos probably date from late 1950s.

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Vintage Pulp Oct 17 2022
CURL UP WITH A GOOD BOOK
Is this an example of that pulp stuff you read all the time? Geez, it scared the pants right off me.


Above: an unknown model stars on a Technicolor lithograph titled “Solid Comfort,” which we think was printed around 1950. This has happened with the Pulp Intl. girlfriends a few times when we left an interesting book sitting around, but now they don't open them because they assume someone will be betrayed or murdered in short order. We'll try to get them to read David Dodge's To Catch a Thief. If there's such a thing as gateway drugs for crime fiction that's certainly one of them.

In another case of vintage art being shoddily repurposed for modern usage, we found this litho for sale on a few websites as a poster, which you see above. The reproduction is absolute crap, but “so many books, so little time” is a sentiment we can get behind. A book definitely makes an afternoon more enjoyable, and we'd add that a nice glass of wine is a further improvement. Which is why we always have (at least) one close by when we read. We have a lot more Technicolor lithos in the website, so just click the keywords and have a look if you're curious. 

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June 23
1973—Peter Dinsdale Commits First Arson
A fire at a house in Hull, England, kills a six year old boy and is believed to be an accident until it later is discovered to be a case of arson. It is the first of twenty-six deaths by fire caused over the next seven years by serial-arsonist Peter Dinsdale. Dinsdale is finally captured in 1981, pleads guilty to multiple manslaughter, and is detained indefinitely under Britain's Mental Health Act as a dangerous psychotic.
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1944—G.I. Bill Goes into Effect
U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Servicemen's Readjustment Act into law. Commonly known as the G.I. Bill of Rights, or simply G.I. Bill, the grants toward college and vocational education, generous unemployment benefits, and low interest home and business loans the Bill provided to nearly ten million military veterans was one of the largest factors involved in building the vast American middle class of the 1950s and 1960s.
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1940—Smedley Butler Dies
American general Smedley Butler dies. Butler had served in the Philippines, China, Central America, the Caribbean and France, and earned sixteen medals, five of which were for heroism. In 1934 he was approached by a group of wealthy industrialists wanting his help with a coup against President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and in 1935 he wrote the book War Is a Racket, explaining that, based upon his many firsthand observations, warfare is always wholly about greed and profit, and all other ascribed motives are simply fiction designed to deceive the public.
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