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Much discussed in vintage erotica forums and named after the cheap wood pulp paper that they were made from, pulp fiction books and magazines of the all-male world of the 1950's and 1960's invariably presented women in vintage lingerie on their covers in deliciously feminine and glamorous underwear typical of the day. Designed to titillate and ever-provocative, this cover art was beautifully created by skilful artists of both sexes and while their lovely work may be seen by some today as somewhat sexist, or even vintage porn, but they actually depict and reflect the importance of beautifully feminine lingerie at the time - part, then, of the fabric of 1950's society in fact.
Women wearing the most delightful slips were much in evidence, proving what I have said many times before in my articles that in those mid-20th century years slips were not just functional items of underwear but were meant to be seen as objects of desire. Other classic styles of old fashioned mid-century vintage lingerie were also much in evidence in pulp fiction art - nylon stockings and diaphanous nightgowns being especially prominent.
Since I originally wrote this article I have been criticised by one or two people for, in their eyes, highlighting what they describe as vintage porn. I totally disagree. Unacceptable now perhaps, but pulp fiction is only a snapshot of the attitudes of their time and should always be seen in a vintage context.
As for the women of pulp fiction themselves, they tended to fall into the following categories.
Firstly, 'in peril' and pursued by one or more of these:
Very often, pulp fiction women were depicted as:
Lastly, here are some pulp fiction trueisms for women:
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Flimsy floaty sheer nylon vintage nightgowns in 50's and 60's pulp cover art. Beautiful vintage clothing.
Old fashioned vintage underwear in pulp fiction - a short video tour