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Gallery: Women of Mystery

Published: January 4, 2017

Whether the women in these 1950s-era illustrations are solving crimes or committing them, you can be sure there’s plenty of intrigue afoot!acorn_dvd_300

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“The police car’s searchlight found them framed against the fence like spiders on a wall. ‘All right, Slattery,’ the cop yelled, ‘break it up!’”
The Outcasts
Peter Stevens
September 29, 1956

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“Keep your hand away from that phone, soldier,” someone said.
Furlough in Flatbush
Frederic Varady
August 19, 1944

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“The voice on the radio was saying, ‘And there are some whose secret is not innocent, but who must wear their masks until they die. I call them The Unsuspected.'”
The Unsuspected
Austin Briggs
August 11, 1945

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“Cochran walked up to the man with the dinky mustache and hit him hard. McReynolds took care of the woman.”
Sentence of Death
Ken Riley
October 23, 1948

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“Onalee, that’s murder! You’ve killed him!”
Easy to Murder
James R. Bingham
January 6, 1951

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“‘If this shirt will solve your problem,’ he said, ‘you’re welcome to it.'”
Girls Are Where You Find Them
George Englert
January 17, 1953

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“Paula picked up the shining object. It was Brad’s watch, and the hands said four minutes past nine.”
Death in the Wind
Bernard D’Andrea
November 5, 1955

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“Jack turned anxiously as he heard Moto’s footsteps behind him.”
Rendezvous in Tokyo
William A. Smith
December 15, 1956

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“Fitzpatrick and his daughter, Rose Margaret, joined the other passengers as they filed out to board Flight 903.”
Murder on Order
Perry Peterson
March 9, 1957

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“Now Columbine discovered why the suitcase had seemed so heavy. It contained a 32-caliber pistol, a burglar’s kit, and a bag of glittering stones.”
The Artless Heiress
Robert Meyers
June 1, 1957

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“‘Now shut up,’ Kairos shouted. ‘Or do I have to close your mouth for you?'”
Gem Thief
November 29, 1958

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“‘That’s it, sister!’ the man said. ‘I’m closing up this joint.’ And in came a task force of policemen.”
It All Happened to Me
Austin Briggs
July 1, 1950

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“Darling!” a voice called through the door. “Are you there?” It was a tense moment.
Feminine Reflex
George Englert
September 3, 1949

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  • Saturday Evening Post… a great magazine with a great history, and thank God you didn’t surrender to click-bait ads. Because you’re better.

  • Ann Barnes

    Fun!!!

  • ENJOYED THE BOOKS FROM THE 1950’S, SEXY WITHOUT SMUT. Loved the art!

  • Delightfully wonderful selections. I’m not sure if all or most of them are having that much ‘fun’ here as such. It looks like several are in the wrong place at the wrong time, surrounded by the wrong men.

    Girls are where you find them, even if she’s a cold war blonde wearing just her bra, holding a tennis racket, having fallen into God knows what kind of sinkhole! Will he save the day, will the blue shirt help, or will they both vanish?? I dunno, but I think he gets her out.

    I like the sexy dame in #11 Post editors, but couldn’t quite make out the name of the illustrator here. The gal looks a lot like Liz at the height of her beauty, but forget about that for now! I’m in the mood for a film noir ‘B’ movie fix called ‘Wicked Woman’ from 1953 starring Beverly Michaels on youtube. She’s bad to the bone I tell ya!