Most of the actual art for the pulp fiction paperbacks of the 50’s and 60’s were beautifully designed and executed paintings by exceptionally talented artists. They weren’t paid much at the time and their work was considered simple advertising ilustration. Infact in the late 50’s one of the publishing companies had so many laying around that they were offerd for sale – 10 for $1.00. Those that didn’t sell were destroyed. Most were designed for the titles and type to be added later and were often used for multiple book covers. These are all over the place, some early 50’s, some late to mid-60’s. The only theme here is women – some in trouble (a common theme), some taking charge, all beautiful.