Vintage paperback cover galleries on Flickr


"I'm Learning to Share" has posted three nice galleries of old paperback covers on Flickr: 40s mysteries, 50s and 60s mysteries, and 60s and 70s scholastic book club covers.



  1. I can feel my brain tying itself in knots as it tries to unravel the fractal-like layers of innuendo on that cover.

  2. It sounds like soft porn to me. I guess there must be a market for the stuff. Although, with free porn on the web, who needs to read about it? I bet the next big IPO will be for Youporn. I wonder how many Boing Boing readers would invest in a porn site? It does seem to be very popular stuff.

  3. Add a gap tooth and the gal on the cover is the spitting image of Blond Ambition Tour Madonna – clothes and all.

  4. I bet the next big IPO will be for Youporn.

    Obviously NSFW.

    When are we going to have BoingBoingDating? GM, 50, into Retrofuturism, snark, LOLcats seeks similar. No DRM, guns, steampunk. kthxbye.

  5. My favorite one on there is the picture for “Baby Island” in the scholastic book section … I seem to recall reading this as a young child, so I looked it up on wikipedia, and the summary amuses me:

    “Their ship is disabled in a storm, and the girls are set adrift in a lifeboat — alone with four babies under two, the children of fellow passengers. The craft eventually drifts to a tropical island, and in a Robinson Crusoe-like scenario, they must learn to build shelter and survive on wild foodstuffs. They do this with great success, while raising the babies through various developmental milestones and adopting a baby monkey who they raise alongside the babies.”

  6. This guy is telling his friend a joke. He says, “What’s pink, hangs on a wall, and whistles?”

    His friend says, “I don’t know — what’s pink, hangs on a wall, and whistles?”

    Guy: “A herring.”

    Friend: “But a herring isn’t pink.”

    Guy: “So this herring is pink!”

    Friend: “And hanging on a wall?”

    Guy: “Someone could’ve hung it on the wall.”

    Friend: “And I’ve never heard of a herring that could whistle!”

    Guy: “So, it doesn’t whistle.”

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