For my romance-reading friends, Joy and Enbrethiliel, here are some covers of love pulps!
(Arrow through to find more covers for these magazines.) It’s interesting to watch the meaning of “romances” change from any old kind of adventure story to specifically adventure/love stories to just plain love stories. The change happened pretty quickly, for a word so old.
Complete Love. (Also a magazine line and a description. No serial stories, they mean.)
Exciting Love. Exciting was also a magazine line.
Gay Love. As in fun and merry.
Leading Love. “Leading” was a magazine line.
Life’s Romances. No idea. Nice cover, though.
Love Novels, Love Novelettes, and Love Short Stories, too.
Modern Love Stories. Another descriptive product line name.
New Love. Another magazine line. They were claiming no reprints.
North-West Romances: Stories of the Wilderness Frontier.. Best. Cover. Ever.
Popular Love. Another magazine line. (And enough with the masks, already!)
Ranch Romances. The great survivor, lasting until the late sixties/early seventies.
Rangeland Love. Also Rangeland Love Stories, Rangeland Romances, and Rangeland Sweethearts.
And so on, and on, and on….
Sorta love pulps:
I Confess: This sort of “True Confessions” magazine survives to this day. Needless to say, said “True Confessions” were almost always fiction written by established writers under pen names. This cover is prettier, although I think the guy looks kinda weird. Similarly, here’s Modern Romances: Every Story True.
Intimate Confessions was apparently a “spicy” True Confessions mag. Most spicy pulps didn’t get very explicit, but they still manage to be totally nasty and unwholesome. Some people think they’re funny, but I didn’t.