LOC Gov Doc: Thrilling Love
The 1930s saw the expansion of the pulp magazine industry. Hundreds of titles appeared, covering all genres and special interests, from horror to true crime to racy magazines. Covers reflected the content of each issue, and a number of stereotypic views of women prevailed—woman as exotic temptress, woman in jeopardy (often in painful contortions) needing rescue, and woman as romantic interest. This Thrilling Love cover typifies the popular true-to-life romances—the sports hero being congratulated by an adoring All-American girl. The romance pulps were one of the few genres where women authors could receive credit for their work, as Marcelle Lathrop and Helen Ahern did here.
Image: Thrilling Love, December 1933 (Cover KM). Serial and Government Publications Division.