Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Strange Sisters - Pulp Paperback Artwork

I stumbled across an interesting site this morning that I just had to share. Strange Sisters is an archive of pulp lesbian paperback artwork from the 50s and 60s.

Yes, the covers are undeniably exploitive, shamelessly exhibitionistic, and probably aimed more at titillating male readers than identifying with lesbian readers. Yes, the titles themselves are embarrassingly distasteful and, in some cases, outright offensive, but they’re a product of the times in which they were written.

Despite all of that, some of them are quite beautiful - in a campy, retro sort of way. You can check out the full archive over at the Strange Sisters site, but some of my favourites are below:

If nothing else, it's an interesting glimpse into our literary past, and one that many contemporary readers were never exposed to (short of uncovering a few faded and tattered copies in the attic, that is).


  1. Reminds me the Ann Bannon covers from the 50s and 60s, but you know she's still writing in 2011

  2. These are very interesting-thanks for sharing them-