True Crime Detective Magazines 1924-1969 (Gallery)


The era when models were curvy and all natural. Only a few of them are actually still alive.

Virginia Gordon was a popular model for these illustrations.

If you’ve ever questioned your sexual orientation, google (Virginia Gordon Russ Meyer Topless) for a picture that will clear up any doubts in your mind.

You’re welcome.

when Prohibition was turning ordinary citizens into criminals and
ordinary criminals into celebrities

Pretty Boy Floyd
By Woody Guthrie, 1939

If you’ll gather 'round me, children,
A story I will tell
'Bout Pretty Boy Floyd, an outlaw,
Oklahoma knew him well.

It was in the town of Shawnee,
A Saturday afternoon,
His wife beside him in his wagon
As into town they rode.

There a deputy sheriff approached him
In a manner rather rude,
Vulgar words of anger,
An’ his wife she overheard.

Pretty Boy grabbed a log chain,
And the deputy grabbed his gun;
In the fight that followed
He laid that deputy down.

Then he took to the trees and timber
Along the river shore,
Hiding on the river bottom
And he never come back no more.

Yes, he took to the trees and timber
To live a life of shame;
Every crime in Oklahoma
Was added to his name.

But a many a starvin’ farmer
The same old story told
How the outlaw paid their mortgage
And saved their little homes.

Others tell you 'bout a stranger
That come to beg a meal,
Underneath his napkin
Left a thousand-dollar bill.

It was in Oklahoma City,
It was on a Christmas Day,
There was a whole car load of groceries
Come with a note to say:

“Well, you say that I’m an outlaw,
You say that I’m a thief.
Here’s a Christmas dinner
For the families on relief.”

Yes, as through this world I’ve wandered
I’ve seen lots of funny men;
Some will rob you with a six-gun,
And some with a fountain pen.

And as through your life you travel,
Yes, as through your life you roam,
You won’t never see an outlaw
Drive a family from their home

Also the celebrity outlaw goes back to the dime novels - remember the writer character in “Unforgiven?”

And before that there were the British “penny dreadfuls.”

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Wow! Two whole hours? Can anyone actually read that long?

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