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Memorable Magazines (5): Fillers

August 1st, 2016 · 2 Comments

Fillers was a small (3 1/2″ x 5″) magazine, edited by Emanuel Haldeman-Julius. It had a cover story, usually of prurient interest, and pages of filler: jokes, quotations, brief articles on current events. Most of the fillers reflected Haldeman-Julius’s own brands of atheism and socialism.

Issues of Fillers were also Little Blue Books, and were numbered accordingly. The October, 1947 issue, for example, is Vol. 1, No. 10, and also LBB 1853. I don’t know if this odd double system helped sales. It apparently debuted in 1947, and changed its title to The Critic and Guide the next year. I don’t know how long it lasted.

Below are three covers, and two sample spreads. Please click on the spreads to read them.






(Posted by Doug Skinner)

Tags: Ephemera

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 norman conquest // Aug 6, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    I had several Little Blues and often found them in secondhand shops, but never saw FILLERS…must be exceedingly rare.

  • 2 Doug // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    The later LBBs are harder to find. I guess they didn’t sell as well.

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