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.
June 22
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.
June 21
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.
June 20
1967—Muhammad Ali Sentenced for Draft Evasion
Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, who was known as Cassius Clay before his conversion to Islam, is sentenced to five years in prison for refusing to serve in the military during the Vietnam War. In elucidating his opposition to serving, he uttered the now-famous phrase, “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong.”
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