Covers Etc's Flickr stream assembles some of the most sultry, disquieting and daring book jackets from the past. The illustrations are all taken from vintage novels, demonstrating the progression of the publishing world in a visual manner.
The front of Penguin's 'The Golden Notebook' and PanBooks' 'Nowhere Girl' are quite different from today's host of minimalist or deeply complex book art. The choice of jacket is often essential to a publication's overall success, and this retro assortment of faded and notably provocative photos provide an amusing contrast with the present.
Retro enthusiasts will get their fill with the Covers Etc page. They can also print images from the site's collection if they so choose, perhaps with a will to create DIY collages, cards or posters.
Vintage Book Jacket Collections
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