Vintage Book Covers: Misc 3

The giant radioactive rodent welcomes you to this post. Civilization staggered!

I actually could have made a lot of money this way…


Go on with your bad self!

And while we’re on the subject…

Why what a unique cover for a party hosting book. I guess “The New Hostess” sits naked by the fire and cooks the guests to serve on bread.

This is more the usual fare:

Incredible cover.

Careful with that “man-about-town,” Night Club Nurse…

…or you may become:

Stick with:

Here’s another pulp gem. I’m assuming “world’s oldest trap” refers to the woman on the left:

If THIS guy hands you a frog in your pudding, you eat it. You eat it and you shut up.

We’ll end on an uplifting note.

Don’t worry…it gets…well, not better I guess…

Oh fine, go have some:


82 Responses to “Vintage Book Covers: Misc 3”

  1. Happy times, indeed! Nice selection πŸ˜€

  2. I don’t know why but the prescription pad that had “Marriage” on it really got me! I almost chocked on my coffee.

  3. Where did you find these? All awesome — I think the penultimate is my absolute fave. So uplifting…


    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      I’m a compulsive collector of images, so these were just from my personal archives for the most part.

  4. Wow that Kiss Kiss cover is creepy? Is that what happens to you if you kiss the cook?! LOL!

  5. OMG, these are so great! My personal fav is A Hell of a Woman. What a vixen!

    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      Yep…and if you don’t agree she’s a Hell of a Woman…you’ll have to deal with GRANDMA!

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  7. I LOVE vintage book covers. I have several calendars that showcase gems like these ones. I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes. My favourite line of yours: I’m assuming “world’s oldest trap” refers to the woman on the left. That’s pure gold.

    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      Hahaha…thanks. Make sure you see the rest of the posts in this vintage book cover theme week!

  8. Sarah Doyle Says:

    Great collection. And I LOVE “Happy Times”! Fabulous cover.

    Congratulations on being FP!

  9. Where did you get all these hillarious books? I work at a library, so this one really hits home for me. Best one I ever saw was “Flicka, Ricka, and Dicka”, a children’s book which no one ever checked out. Bossypants will probably make the list 70 years from now.

    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      I’ve just saved entertaining covers in my own archives over the years. You must come across some great gems in the library! The Flicka, Ricka and Dicka books looks hilarious. I hope one of them explains those patently absurd names.

  10. Ha! I seemed to have had every Roald Dahl book growing up except for the one here!

  11. Is there anything in the pudding book that says where I can get a Loch Ness Fisherman’s Club t-shirt like the guy is wearing on the cover?

    Great post… well ties together!

  12. QUITE A COLLECTION…BOTH ALLURING AND ENDURING…LIKE (are you ready for it?)…the works at OUR POETRY CORNER, another Word Press blog! Good Job!

  13. I’m a librarian, and used to work at an inner city library where a 300 pound middle-aged factory worker would borrow about 20 titiles like Dr. Devastating. He’d loudly proclaim “They’re for my wife!”, but we never believed him. πŸ™‚

    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      Yeah…pretty much everyone wants a piece of Dr. Devastating and his literary counterparts. πŸ™‚

  14. Oh God. No matter how effed up the US is, it’s come a long way. Although Monsieur Eat-The Damn-Frog looks suspiciously hab-like …

    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      Yes, we’ve come a long way…though this generation certainly has its severe dysfunction embedded in pop culture!

  15. I LOVE this!!! I tweeted it and facebooked it. Just great stuff!

  16. These are great! Thanks for sharing.

  17. My, what fun!
    Thanks for the reminder of a time when reading books was more widespread than today.
    Well, maybe it was only the reading of book covers. Even so …

  18. Too funny! Thank-you! πŸ™‚

  19. A good source of creative inspirations! Thank you!!

  20. Oh my goodness. What were they thinking????

  21. Surprised there’s no Nancy Drew on here. But great stuff! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  22. Anonymous Says:

    This is funny. Pier (

  23. absolutely amazing! Hope it’s okay to use a few images on a page of mine (with proper credit of course)?!

  24. Amazing. Thanks so much for sharing!

  25. Thank you for uploading these covers.
    I have always admired these artistes who tell so much by painting an impression of the book onto the cover.

  26. JD Ellevsen Says:

    Holy smoke! Who approved these covers?!? They’re so bad they’re almost good. Thank you for sharing these horrors.

  27. And they say TV ruined us? Looks like it might have saved us, at least from the rodent mutation. πŸ™‚ Great post.

  28. nice pic’s like it very much…

  29. This is beautiful.

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  31. Pretty cool covers!

  32. great vintage blog. I am always searching dog vintage.

  33. These are hilarious! It’s the frog in the pudding that gets me. I wonder why the author put those two together.

  34. jonny0782 Says:


  35. Thanks for a good chuckle – some of those are priceless! πŸ™‚

  36. J.R.Barker Says:

    Reblogged this on JRBarker101.

  37. I love vintage/ antique books! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  38. I can’t believe some of this stuff.

  39. so much fun to see these!!

  40. jstnk88 Says:

    How far we have come, when Fifty Shades of Grey tops the best seller lists…. Funny Stuff. Keep on.

  41. This made my day!

  42. Really awesome! The Roald Dahl one is so fitting. Everything he wrote was maniacal and creepy, just like the cover.

  43. I Like the Kiss Kiss Cover. Weird but Different. Hahaha! COOL!

  44. Fantastic post. Thank you. Yeah Roald Dahl what was he chaneling? Have a great day. Michele

  45. These are just as great as old magazine ads….gotta find me some of those to post. You’ve inspired me! Thanks!

  46. Hang on a minute – VINTAGE covers? wtf? I bought that Roald Dahl book when I was 18….oh dear, may be I am vintage too

  47. The Roald Dahl cover is a definite favorite. I loved his books for kids . . . until I grew up and realized I also loved his (R-rated) books for adults!

  48. These are great! Where in the world did you find them all? Now I want to go browse through bookstores and see what I can find.

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  50. katlaire Says:

    These covers are amazing. That Roald Dahl one is quite traumatizing.

  51. More would be most welcome. Don’t forget zombies.

  52. I want to hug who ever thought this was a good idea. Because they were right!

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  54. Some awesome beach reading here! LOL:) Great post.

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