The image above is of two books, both published in 1947, intended to spread the love of classic film and actors of the era. The paperback on the left is a novelization of the George Cukor noir A Double Life which earned an Academy Award for its star, Ronald Colman, and other nominations as well. As you might suspect, its pulp from paper to content, with a badly written dumbed-down version of the film and includes photos of actors and scenes:
The back cover is also a delight:
I found this delight on eBay and couldn’t resist it.
Even cheaper, I found the second book yesterday at a small antique store in town. It’s an original (and badly written) mystery novel featuring Gregory Peck as a main character. I didn’t know they made things like this back in the day, but it’s a hardback with lovely yellowed pulp pages, and features the photo on the cover plus hand-drawn images of the action (featuring Peck) on the inside:
What fun, eh?