The Vintage Paperback Show yesterday seemed to have a good turnout. I'm new to these things, so I can't be a judge as to whether it was a better turnout than previous years. All I know is that there were three rooms packed with paperbacks, pulps, a few hardback books and lots and lots of people, and a lot of people were offering deep discounts. Many people were offering 50% off everything on their tables and you didn't even have to ask. They threw it out there as soon as you started looking.
I paid my $5 and left a pile of PulpFest flyers at the front desk and went on to explore. In my travels I met Richard Robinson, frequent commenter here and owner of the Broken Bullhorn blog and his wife Barbara. I also picked up a few pulps. There seemed to be a lot more pulp dealers here than last year, which is good news for me.
Here's some of what I bought.
POPULAR, March 3, 1928
SWEETHEART STORIES, September 24, 1929
YOUNG'S REALISTIC STORIES MAGAZINE, July 1923
I bought five LOVE STORY MAGAZINEs, all of which were issued during Daisy Bacon's reign as editor. I won't bore you with all the covers, just this one from August 8, 1936.
And my most expensive acquisition, a BLACK MASK from March 1942. The condition isn't great and there's a tear in the cover, but it's got a Rex Sackler story, which I love and I'll read first.