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Snappy, Spicy, and "Girlie" Pulps

Featured below are 12 issues of the snappy, spicy, and 'girlie' varieties of semi-slick or pulp-paper magazines from the 1930s and 1940s. Their titles are 10 Story Book, Follies, Gay Life Stories, Ginger Stories, Hollywood Nights, La Paree, Night Life Tales, Pep Stories, Snappy, and Spicy Stories. Publishers represented by this group include Best, Ten Story, Les Boulevards, Consolidated, King, and D.M. Publishing Co. (Dover). Information listed at the right of each issue includes publication date, year established, publisher, 1-2 major editors, and an estimated total number of issues published.

For Beau Collier's essay "Birth of the Girlie Pulps," click here.

10 Story Book

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July 1934

10 Story Book | Est. 1901 | Ten Story | Ed., Harry Stephen Keeler | Total Issues: +/- 455.

c. 1935

Bedtime Tales | Est. c. 1935 | Unknown | Ed., Anonymous | Total Issues: Unknown.

Follies

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Winter 1933

Follies | Est. 1922 | Burten Publications | Ed., Jo Burten | Total Issues: Unknown.

Gay Life Stories

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c. 1939

Gay Life Stories | Est. c. 1939 | Consolidated | Ed., Anonymous | Total Issues: Unknown.

Ginger Stories

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June 1929

Ginger Stories | Est. 1928 | King; Nudeal | Ed., Natalie Messenger (1928-31) | Total Issues: 64.

Hollywood Nights

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May 1937

Hollywood Nights | Est. 1937 | Detinuer | Ed., Anonymous | Total Issues: 3

La Paree

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November 1935

La Paree | Est. 1930 | Irwin Publishing | Ed., Anonymous | Total Issues: 94.

Winter 1940

Night Life Tales | Est. c. 1930/ 39 | Unknown | Ed., Anonymous | Total Issues: Unknown.

Pep Stories

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April 1932

Pep Stories | Est. 1926 | King; DM | Ed., Natalie Messenger | Total Issues: 142.

Snappy

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November 1937

Snappy | Est. 1929 | Lowell; DM | Ed., Anonymous | Total Issues: +/- 105.

Spicy Adventure Stories

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September 1936

Spicy Adventure Stories | Est. 1934 | Culture Pub. | Ed., Kenneth W. Hutchinson | Total Issues: 117.

Spicy Stories

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September 1936

Spicy Stories | Est. 1928 | DM Publishing Co. | Ed., Anonymous | Total Issues: 117.


According to US Copyright law (Title 17, US Code), these items are now in the Public Domain, since their original copyrights—if any were ever registered—were not renewed after 28 years (Copyright Office, Circ. 15a, "Duration of Copyright"). In countries outside the United States, however, copyright restrictions may still apply, although that is unlikely. If you or anyone you know owns the copyright to any of the materials included here, please contact us.