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[MELBOURNE; SATIRE; EROTICA] Tom Thumb : issues no. 3 - 27.
AN UNBROKEN RUN OF 26 ISSUES OF TOM THUMB, THE MELBOURNE SATIRICAL MEN'S MAGAZINE OF THE MID-SIXTIES. Glen Iris, Victoria : Baker Publishing Co., issues no. 3, November 1965 - no. 27, November 1967. Quarto, pictorial wrappers printed in red and black (occasional different coloured inks) on newspaper, staple bound, 24 pp, illustrated, in uniformly good condition. A sleazier and intellectually less ambitious - dare we say lowbrow? - counterpart to Oz magazine, Tom Thumb did however provide some biting and witty social and political satire to complement its soft-core pornographic pictorial content (the latter clearly being what sold copies). The publication was very much a product of its time, the age of sexual liberalism and the permissive society in Western capitalist culture.Two legendary identities in the Mebourne arts scene worked on Tom Thumb: the art director for the majority of the issues in the run we offer here was Peter Russell-Clarke, and the editorial advisor was Adrian Rawlins. Some issues also feature the cartoons of Ron Tandberg. Although the magazine had distribution in Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart (and later in Brisbane), many of the short articles reference Melbourne landmarks, lifestyle and events, making Tom Thumb an important publication in terms of its primary source material for the study of the social history of Melbourne in this period.
      [Bookseller: Douglas Stewart Fine Books]
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