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 23 2024
JOAN THE CLUB
A cover collection to help Bofill your day.


Below: a small set from Spanish artist Joan Beltrán Bofill, who signed his work as “Noiquet,” here working for a pair of Rotterdam based publishers illustrating novels by Edward Multon, who was an alter ego of Dutch author Herman Nicolaas van der Voort. These are from 1967 and 1968.

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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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Femmes Fatales May 7 2023
PERMISSION GRANTED
It's better to apologize later than to ask now. But she's not going to do either.


This photo shows French actress Nicole Calfan and was made for her 1975 thriller Permission To Kill, also known as The Executioner, a film we've taken notice of because it starred Ava Gardner in one of her later roles, and future Bond boy Timothy Dalton in one of his first. Calfan has made more than seventy movies and is still busy today, having appeared in four in 2022, plus a television series. We'll try to track down Permission To Kill and report back.

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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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The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
July 14
1921—Sacco & Vanzetti Convicted
Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are convicted in Dedham, Massachusetts of killing their shoe company's paymaster. Even at the time there are serious questions about their guilt, and whether they are being railroaded because of their Italian ethnicity and anarchist political beliefs.
July 13
1933—Eugenics Becomes Official German Policy
Adolf Hitler signs the Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring, and Germany begins sterilizing those they believe carry hereditary illnesses, and those they consider impure. By the end of WWII more than 400,000 are sterilized, including criminals, alcoholics, the mentally ill, Jews, and people of mixed German-African heritage.
1955—Ruth Ellis Executed
Former model Ruth Ellis is hanged at Holloway Prison in London for the murder of her lover, British race car driver David Blakely. She is the last woman executed in the United Kingdom.
1966—Richard Speck Rampage
Richard Speck breaks into a Chicago townhouse where he systematically rapes and kills eight student nurses. The only survivor hides under a bed the entire night.
July 12
1971—Corona Sent to Prison
Mexican-born serial killer Juan Vallejo Corona is convicted of the murders of 25 itinerant laborers. He had stabbed each of them, chopped a cross in the backs of their heads with a machete, and buried them in shallow graves in fruit orchards in Sutter County, California. At the time the crimes were the worst mass murders in U.S. history.
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