Croydon Books: An Under-Appreciated Sexy Digest Publisher
In the vintage paperback hobby, collectors get a sense of how valued a particular publisher or imprint is on the basis of how much money it sells for on eBay, ABE, and the like. Having collected them for years, I've consistently watched "Croydon Books" sell for much lower prices than sexy digest publishers such as "Quarter Books," "Exotic Novels," Rainbow Books," Falcon Books," and "Venus Books" (just to name a handful, there are more). I wanted to showcase some "Croydon Books," because I think they are an under-appreciated line. There's no denying that George Gross was the master of the sexy digest, and these do not feature George Gross art. However, they do feature nicely rendered illustrations from artists such as Bernard Safran and Lou Marchetti. They also have titles that are often campier and kitschier than those featured on other lines. My favorite of this group is "Confessions of a Wild Co-Ed." I can't resist a good title with "Confessions" in it! It makes the book all the more charming to me. Cover art by Lou Marchetti on "Army Mistress" and "Intimate Affairs of a French Nurse." Cover art by Bernard Safran on "Confessions of a Wild Co-Ed" and "Love-Crazy Millionaire."
FringePop is a showcase for uncommon and esoteric cultural artifacts. The focus is on unusual items from both popular and fringe culture, with an emphasis on subversive pieces. The items shown are from the author's personal collection, unless otherwise noted.
I am a pop culture buff and collector, who focuses on the odd, subversive, and fringe elements of Western culture. In 2005, I edited a book for Feral House called "Sin-A-Rama: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties." The vintage oddities in my collection include victoriana, sideshow, medical, and kitsch. I am also an amateur sewer, making clothing from vintage mod patterns.