Since the Publication of Edition #2, Tawdry Town has been awarded:
The Seven Wonders award for Originality and Quality on the Web, and
has been listed on the Interport's Top 100 User Pages.
Exhibits in this edition:
Nonfiction (Yeah, Right) Sleaze - the spawn of Psychopathia Sexualis.
This Month's Spotlight: Every Good Child Deserves a Gold Medal - A few words (and images) about Fawcett Publications' finest and most influential paperback label.
Gallery of Recent Acquisitions - fine cover art, from books uncovered at thrift stores, church and library sales, used bookstores, street sellers, vintage paperback dealers, and even the occasional fellow collector.
Tawdry Town is actively searching for contributors. Compared to some vintage paperback collectors, I am strictly a beginner; owning only a couple of hundred volumes; I know of some collectors who own thousands, (many of whom, not surprisingly, have ended up as dealers). I am particularly interested in publishing articles about or mounting exhibitions of works by significant low-rent paperback authors, both those revered in later years and those still held in general disrepute, such as Jim Thompson, Charles Willeford, Ed Wood, Mary Jane Meaker (aka Ann Aldridge and Vin Packer), Orrie Hitt, etc. If you would like to submit an article or a collection for display and you either live in the New York area or can submit the appropriate computer files by mail or email, please contact me here:
Special thanks for this edition of Tawdry Town go to Gary Lovisi, Kathy Greer, David Frame,
Tawdry Town is currently a nonprofit effort (I have assumed all costs) and is not in a position to offer compensation for any such contributions, other than appropriate credit and gratitude. Any dealers helping us out will be given due attribution.
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