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History of Girly Magazines (Klotz) Paperback – October 1, 2006
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There are two problems, though, which prevent me from giving this book 5 stars, much as I'd like to. The first is the relatively small size of the pages, smaller in fact than a standard hardcover novel; this means many of the pictures have to be reduced in size to fit the pages, which hurts the detail. For a topic as dependent on illustrations as this, you really need the book to have at least letter-size (8 1/2 x 11 inches) or A4 (international letter-size) pages.
The second is that, despite being billed as a review of the girlie magazine from 1900 to 1969, over half the pages are given over to the 1950-1969 period. Admittedly, there is a huge wealth of material from those decades, but I should still have liked to see more material from, for example "La Vie Parisienne", which was the most famous French men's magazine of the late 19th and early 20th century.
The above criticisms notwithstanding, this book is most definitely a must-have for any serious classic-pinup collector, especially those collectors who haven't been fortunate enough to get their hands on Hanson's huge _History of Men's Magazines_ series. Add this to _The Best of American Girlie Magazines_ and _1000 Pinups_, also from the same publisher.