Category Archives: 1930s

The Ring Cost a Dime

Of all the various sub-categories of romances within my collection, few are as fun to read as the delightfully ridiculous romance with the outrageous plot.  Most of the outlandish plot romances I have are from the 1930s, with a majority … Continue reading

Posted in 1930s, Gramercy, Rob Eden | 3 Comments

Blind Date

“What must a girl do to be popular?” Cynthia Carter couldn’t get a date to her town’s Valentine’s dance and has just been stood up in the worst way.  A blind date scuttled off after pretending to be called away, … Continue reading

Posted in 1930s, Grosset and Dunlap, Mach Tey, Vida Hurst | 7 Comments

Books on Wheels: Opportunities in Library Work

Career novels don’t get much cooler than Books on Wheels by Mary R. Lingenfelter.  It’s no secret that I work one department over from my library’s wonderful Bookmobile Department and that I’ve been lucky enough to join the bookmobile on about half a dozen … Continue reading

Posted in 1930s, Mary R. Lingenfelter | 2 Comments


I gasped when I first saw Saleslady.  Department store novels are fascinating, and department store romances are a sub-genre I have been searching for over the years.  I had been looking intermittently for Saleslady by Harold Morrow for about a year and … Continue reading

Posted in 1930s, Grosset and Dunlap, Harold Morrow, Mach Tey | 5 Comments

Midsummer Madness

Midsummer Madness may be listed in the line up of Grosset and Dunlap’s “Thrilling Stories of the Modern Girl,” but this novel’s writer sets it apart.  Unless I’ve missed something, this is the first time I’m reviewing a romance novel written by … Continue reading

Posted in 1930s, Grosset and Dunlap, Skrenda, Sterling North | 2 Comments

High Hat

Recently, I heard from a very good source that radio-themed romances appeal perhaps exclusively to a dwindling aging audience.  This is very likely true, but in my humble opinion these romances are equally as fabulous, if not more so, than … Continue reading

Posted in 1930s, Alma Sioux Scarberry, Grosset and Dunlap, Mach Tey | 3 Comments

Recycled Cover Art, Round Four!

The good news is that I have a working draft of an upcoming book review for a really neat book.  The bad news is that said draft is in dire need of serious editing, and in a few hours the … Continue reading

Posted in 1930s, Grosset and Dunlap, Mabel McElliott, Mach Tey, May Christie | Leave a comment

Hotel Hostess

It is time for me to eat my words, kind of.  One year ago today, on December 30, 2012, I wrote about mid-late 1930s romance novels in my post about You Can’t Eat Orchids, where I clearly stated that these … Continue reading

Posted in 1930s, Faith Baldwin, Farrar and Rinehart | 5 Comments

Blond Trouble

One of my favorite books in my collection is Blond Trouble.  I often cite it as a collection gem, as it epitomizes what I search for in a 1930s romance: a wonderful (Skrenda!) dust jacket, in great condition, and with … Continue reading

Posted in 1930s, Grosset and Dunlap, Rob Eden, Skrenda | 4 Comments

Men Forget

This past fall, I had a minor dilemma.  I had just placed an order with Babylon Revisited Rare Books when maybe about a day or two later, a new catalog was released.  My “problem” was that a really cool book … Continue reading

Posted in 1930s, Grosset and Dunlap, Helen St. Bernard, Skrenda | 3 Comments