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Friday Fiction – Decision for a Nurse

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Hospital Nurse Picture Romances
[Year Unknown]

Submitter: As part of our Women’s Studies material, we have a great collection of British women’s periodicals. These include illustrated nurse romances, almost like comic books. Bonus, on the back, they profile 1960s music stars including the Four Seasons, Cliff Richard, Dusty Springfield, Herman of Herman and the Hermits, the Mindbenders, etc. The tragic thing is, as you can see, a big, fat sticker was slapped on the cover of EVERY single one, blocking some text as well as portions of the amazing illustrations.

I’ve included one cover and the back page that profiles a very young Mick Jagger. Despite his hair is described as “mousy”, I’m digging turtleneck and checked jacket!

I’m thankful that “…no reference or likeness to any living person is intended.” [See cataloging info image below]

Holly: That label looks like it was ripped by hand from a roll. It has no clean edges. There is absolutely no reason for such a monstrosity of a label. That text could have fit in one small line in a strip of a label or even on the inside cover. Side note: Since neither I nor Submitter could find citation information for this book, I’m including a scanned image of the publication info included in the book itself.

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Friday Fiction: Australian Hospital

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Australian Hospital
Dingwell
1980 (original copyright 1955)

I found this book digging through the donation pile and loved the cover art. I think the drama of the woman biting her finger is just awesome. Dingwell’s catalog of over 80 titles is impressive by any standard. I usually get a kick out of these vintage titles for the cover art alone. The women always look a bit unhinged, and this one is no exception.

We featured a few of her books: Sister Pussycat (who doesn’t love that title?) and Nurse Smith, Cook.  This title is similar to most romances of the period. The awful guy is the right guy and there is the requisite misunderstanding between our lovers. Don’t worry, things will all work out by the end of the book.

Mary

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Friday Fiction: High Flying Romance!

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Maiden Flight
Betty Beaty
1963 (original publication 1956)

It is been a while since we have had a Friday Fiction selection, but today is your lucky day with a romance special featuring an airline stewardess. Like most romance fiction of this period, we have a meet not-so-cute of poor, shy stewardess newbie Pamela and irritating and sexist instructor Roger. Roger evidently has a problem with women on airplanes. Of course, he offers nothing but “helpful” criticism, with a side of condescension. You know, because it’s for her own good. By the last page, Pamela is an “adult” and understands Roger and his motives for being a jerk. Naturally, he proposes marriage and all is right with the world.

I feel like this should have a warning label that your feminist sensibilities might explode.

Mary

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