This community was created to give voice to people interested in the clothing, imagery, and style of the pulp adventure era. This is a place to discuss pulp fashion and costuming, although commentary on pulp stories, technologies, and world events are also welcome. Fashion posts, newly discovered outfits and sites, and pictures of your latest creations are preferred, but please feel free to make other posts as well so long as they address something related to the pulp genre.
In a technical sense, the term "pulp" refers to inexpensive and easily mass-produced magazines printed on cheap wood pulp paper. These magazines were first introduced around the turn of the 20th century and they were the conceptual descendants of the earlier penny dreadfuls and dime novels. They contained exciting stories, often in a serial format, that described wild adventures, bizarre science, exotic locales and life-threatening situations. The heyday of the pulps began in the 1920s and continued up through the 1940s. During the 40s they began to encounter difficulties and by the 50s they had largely fallen out of publication.
More generally, "pulp" refers to the collection of interconnected literary genres that found their home in the pages of pulp magazines. These genres ranged from adrenaline-fueled adventure stories and semi-campy hero tales to gritty detective stories to classic science fiction and the suspense-filled weird tale. Stories built upon pulp themes were broadcast on radio and shown for public enjoyment at the cinema, and in many respects they shaped our modern perspective on the adventure, mystery and science fiction genres. While the fanciful images of pulp tales were driven by fancy and imagination, they were also founded upon the incredible realities of the inter-war period. During an age when electricity, automobiles and air travel were made available to the public, when national communities gained their own countries, airships crisscrossed the Atlantic, and science seemed capable of anything imaginable, the pulp genre transformed reality into plausible fantasy. The Age of Pulp was a time when the oppressive grasp imperialism had been cast aside, leaving a future bright with endless opportunity and adventure.