New Issues/ Contexts/ Histories (4/13/2013): The ‘Girlie’ Pulps!

Any Gay Men’s Pulp Magazines ever existed? Yes, I know all about the Gay Pulp Fiction paperbacks of the 1950s and 1960s. What i want to know is, were there any illustrated Gay MEN’s Pulp Magazines prior to the 1950s. Anyone with a reply ?


In the 1920s and ’30s, The New York Society for the Suppression of Vice (est. 1873) prosecuted a long war against the so-called “girlie” pulps, a burgeoning field of mildly risqué pulp-paper magazines featuring sex-themed stories, scantily clad women, and sometimes nude photography.

In 1925, the organization attacked as indecent the magazines Artists and Models and Art Lovers’ Magazine.

In 1930, the NYSSV forced pulp publisher Harold Hersey to suppress depictions of violence and lawlessness in his new line of gang pulps.

In 1934, the organization raided magazine shops to confiscate four new magazines with the titillating titles Real Boudoir TalesReal Temptation TalesReal Forbidden Sweets, and Real French Capers….

For 2013, let’s hope it all goes better for these long lost, and much maligned step-children of popular 20th century print culture history:

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The Pulp Magazines Project has posted 8 new scans, feat. representative issues of the snappy, spicy, & girlie varieties…

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Brogyntyn Hall – Oswestry – November 2012

I would buy this if I had the money!

Brogyntyn Hall has stood abandoned for 15 years. It was owned by the Lord Harlech until 2000. Settled in the 1600s the house and its estate once presided over the land as far as the eye can see. The family was one of the great English dynasties and owners of Harlech Castle in North Wales as well.
Unfortunately a string of tragedies including two Lords Harlech dying without wills, leaving massive death duties to be paid, saw the decline of the family fortunes and subsequent sale of the Hall. Interestingly it was also used during the war by British Telecom as headquarters for communications for the spy network operating in Europe.

Some old photos of the hall can be found here

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An 18th Century Man

When Skuyler disembarked from the boat at Calais, he promised that he would not begrudge himself any new or interesting and exotic titillation that would cross his path.  The passage across the Channel was indeed very rough, so he was looking for a little respite at one of the tea shops that lined the path to the dockside.

A young boy about the age of 15 was offering his services by suggesting that he carry two of my heavy valises, which I gladly relieved myself of.  He was a strapping lad that did not hesitate in the least with lifting my cases, carrying them into the nearest refreshment shop along the dusty path.  He dropped them with a plump and stretched out his hand, expecting a shilling from me.

I gladly acquiesced and gave him a guinea, as he was very good-looking and appealing in physical stature in every way.  He reminded me of one the etchings I had purchased in London, of one of the Ephebe statues found at Pompeii.

Gothic Roman: Richard St. George Mansergh St. George

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Gothic Romance and the Quixotic Hero:A Pageant for Henry Fuseli in 1783

Martin Myrone

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Sir Brooke Boothby  1781
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In the summer of 1783, the Derbyshire gentleman Brooke Boothby, famously pictured as the quintessential man of sensibility by Joseph Wright of Derby (fig.1), organised a Gothic pageant for the painter Henry Fuseli in the woods behind a house belonging to one Colonel St George, somewhere in England. Involving costume, elaborate stage effects, poetry (penned by the struggling Irish writer Elizabeth Ryves) and an all-singing, all-dancing finale, this midnight entertainment was intended to ‘suprize & amuse the great Wizard painter, who had no suspicion of ye scheme’.1 Boothby, Fuseli, and the poet Anna Seward all took key roles in the pageant, dressing up, delivering their lines as supplied by Ryves, taking part in the…

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