Art of Packaging: Lesbian Pulp Novels

Lesbian themed fiction came out of the closet in the early fifties with 1952’s “Women’s Barracks” (see 9th cover down). Most of these were written by lesbians, for lesbians but, as is obvious, some were just sleazey fetish stories written by men to cash in on the trend. Looking at them now they seem naive and hilarious with their come-on tag lines “Primal Passions led them to Lust’s Outlands”. For the most part the design is in keeping w/ 50’s and 60’s pulp artwork – beautifully painted scenes with good layout and type work. One thing to remember on these covers – the butch girl always has dark hair and is always the boss.

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Posted on June 6, 2011, in The Art of Packaging, Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Very great post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I’ve really loved surfing around your blog posts. After all I will be subscribing for your rss feed and I’m hoping you write once more very soon!

  2. Mandy Kershaw.

    As a gay girl myself, I’ll be searching ebay for these novels. Thanks for bringing them to our attention.

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