Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Whisper Campaign

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on August 9, 2010

An issue of Whisper from June, 1956, an example of the gossip-fueled tabloids that multiplied in the 1950s,
answering (and creating) the American public’s thirst for scandals – especially about
actors and actresses, and exposés of the underbelly of the middle class.

Among such articles about wife-swapping in the suburbs and crime rings for hire,
are overtly hostile profiles of gay men, including the pan of Liberace’s first starring role in a film
and a frank open letter to Tennessee Williams penned by his “old friend,” Max Maxwell.

The magazine is also filled with ads promising body-reshaping, sex tips, and
and the extremely practical “hair-do cutouts” from Hollywood Hair-Do (located on Long Island).

Daily Bul

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on September 3, 2009

Pages from two runs of Daily Bul, a magazine produced by the sculptor, Pol Bury, from the late 1950s through the mid-1960s.

Black Series

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on January 29, 2008

Volumes in the Black Series issued by Gaberbocchus Press in the 1950s,
each with a die-cut cover showing the author.