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.
December 12
1968—Tallulah Bankhead Dies
American actress, talk show host, and party girl Tallulah Bankhead, who was fond of turning cartwheels in a dress without underwear and once made an entrance to a party without a stitch of clothing on, dies in St. Luke's Hospital in New York City of double pneumonia complicated by emphysema.
December 11
1962—Canada Has Last Execution
The last executions in Canada occur when Arthur Lucas and Ronald Turpin, both of whom are Americans who had been extradited north after committing separate murders in Canada, are hanged at Don Jail in Toronto. When Turpin is told that he and Lucas will probably be the last people hanged in Canada, he replies, “Some consolation.”
1964—Guevara Speaks at U.N.
Ernesto "Che" Guevara, representing the nation of Cuba, speaks at the 19th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York City. His speech calls for wholesale changes in policies between rich nations and poor ones, as well as five demands of the United States, none of which are met.
2008—Legendary Pin-Up Bettie Page Dies
After suffering a heart attack several days before, erotic model Bettie Page, who in the 1950s became known as the Queen of Pin-ups, dies when she is removed from life support machinery. Thanks to the unique style she displayed in thousands of photos and film loops, Page is considered one of the most influential beauties who ever lived.
December 10
1935—Downtown Athletic Club Awards First Trophy
The Downtown Athletic Club in New York City awards its first trophy for athletic achievement to University of Chicago halfback Jay Berwanger. The prize is later renamed the Heisman Trophy, and becomes the most prestigious award in college athletics.
1968—Japan's Biggest Heist Occurs
300 million yen is stolen from four employees of the Nihon Shintaku Ginko bank in Tokyo when a man dressed as a police officer blocks traffic due to a bomb threat, makes them exit their bank car while he checks it for a bomb, and then drives away in it. Under Japanese statute of limitations laws, the thief could come forward today with no repercussions, but nobody has ever taken credit for the crime.
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