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Raw Dames and Temptation…
1950s Times Square Smut by Jim Linderman

Today when you go to Times Square in New York, it’s like entering a swarm of tourist flies, people everywhere consuming and celebrating capitalism at its most gaudy. In past decades, however, Times Square was where New Yorker’s went to buy their smut – shops full of 5 cent contraband “soft-core hard-boiled” paperbacks. Shops were raided, artists and shop owners were arrested  and thrown in jail for drawing and selling obscene materials. Jim Linderman has made it his mission to collect the books that were confiscated from smut peddler Edward Mishkin, all 72 of them. Mishkin served 3 years in jail, charged with “198 counts of possession with the intent to sell items deemed ‘masochistic and disgusting'” (source). So far, Linderman has 40 in his possession, and he has compiled them into his new book,  Times Square Smut, which features 250 pages of almost unseen illustrations from the golden era of smut. You can pick up his book in formats ranging from a PDF download to hardcover here, plus check out a selection of illustrations below…

 

Bilbrew-selfportrait European-Brothels Explosive-by-Justin-Kent Eyewitness-by-Justin-Kent Frustration Queen-Bee-by-Justin-Kent Raw-Dames-by-Justin-Kent Satin-Satellite-by-George-Loft She’ol-by-Shawle-Leigh Slave-Mistress Swish-Bottom-by-Ted-E-Roth-illustrated-by-Eugene-Bilbrew Temptation-626x1024 The-Holdout

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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