Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Paperback 467: Women's Barracks / Tereska Torres (Gold Medal 132)

Paperback 467: Gold Medal 132 (PBO, 1950)

Title: Women's Barracks
Author: Tereska Torres
Cover artist: Barye Phillips

Yours for: $20


Best things about this cover:
  • Ah, the standard military-issue pink bra. Classic.
  • Hell yeah "FRANK!"
  • This book is pretty famous. Per wikipedia: "The first paperback to address a lesbian relationship was published as early as 1950 with Women's Barracks by Tereska Torres, published by Gold Medal Books. The story was fictionalized account of Torres' experiences in the Free French Forces in London during World War II. Women's Barracks sold 4 million copies and was selected in 1952 to become an example of how paperback books were promoting moral degeneracy, by the House Select Committee on Current Pornographic Materials."
  • I'm kind of in love with the blonde in the dead center background. She looks tough as hell. Doesn't even bother taking the cigarette out of her mouth to put her clothes on. No time for googly eyes in the locker room — those Krauts aren't going to kill themselves, ladies!
  • I also love the lady in uniform, sizing up her prey: "I'm gonna eat you like an after-dinner mint, sweetheart."


Best things about this back cover:
  • "Where are the *normal* emotional outlets? All I see are these weird European jobs. Anybody got a converter?"
  • "Revealment" is a real word, but it still hurts.

Page 123~

Mickey tried to give the men the eye, as though to reassure them that she was a real woman; but Petit had installed herself directly in front of us, at a little table, so there could be no side flirtation.

"Eyes front, bitches!"


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Tulse said...

Hey back copy writer, what's wrong with the perfectly good word "revelation"?

Yeah, I'm lovin' the blonde as well.

"The girls who chose Tereska Torres..." -- I was expecting that sentence to end far more interestingly than " their confidante".

(And can I just say what an awesome name "Tereska Torres" is? It sounds like the alternate identity of a superhero, or perhaps some international jewel thief.)

Pat said...

The million men of the Allied invasion force were not enough to fulfill thier FRANK and twisted desires.

Anonymous said...

March Hastings? I kow his sisters - April, May and June.