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TIMES SQUARE SMUT the BOOK STATUS REPORT Bilbrew Stanton Mishkin and the 1950s The Rare Digests #14













Some cover illustrations from the forthcoming book, TIMES SQUARE SMUT : THE WORK OF EUGENE BILBREW AND THE BOOKS OF EDWARD MISHKIN which will be ready by the end of the summer.

Not seen for over 50 years, and even in the 1950s not seen by many, the books are digest-sized smut published by mobster Eddie Mishkin (and associates) and illustrated by Eric Stanton and Eugene Bilbrew in the mid 1950s to early 1960s. Mishkin (and others) were arrested and prosecuted for selling these books from his Times Square Bookshops in a case which went all the way to the Supreme Court.

Many of the books which will be shown for the first time were confiscated by authorities and appear in police and government documents (also to be published) revealing the material which was used to formulate obscenity standards.
A rare collection, some volumes which exist in only a very few copies, which together have never been collected and shown. Also included will be a recently discovered volume in the Nights of Horror series with illustrations by Joe Shuster (of Superman fame) which has not been seen since publication in the 1950s.

Work is progressing well...if you are interested in reserving a copy, let me know. I haven't decided whether this will be a limited edition yet, but it will be a FULL COLOR
BOOK of well over 150 pages with hundreds of titles illustrated, scarce advertisements and more...all documenting a period and era of the New York City publishing world long gone.

Stay tuned to Vintage Sleaze the Blog for updates, and the new TIMES SQUARE SMUT site will also keep you informed. Thanks!

THIS IS NUMBER FOURTEEN IN THE SERIES 'THE RARE DIGESTS' ON VINTAGE SLEAZE THE BLOG. Small essays on hopelessly obscure and scarce soft-core publications of the 1950s. Enjoy them All!

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