More Perry Mason Pictures

Over the past decade, I've delved into the source materials, the fantastic mysteries of Erle Stanley Gardner. These hardcopy characters are much richer than those of the television show, presenting a picture of Los Angeles from the 40s to the 60s.

And Gardner always taught his readers something about the law in the novels . In the Perry Mason series, the law was presented from the defendant's viewpoint. He also wrote a series from the prosecution viewpoint featuring D.A. Doug Selby.

While collecting the novels, I've come to appreciate their cover art, particularly jackets from the 1940s and 1950s. Some are suggestive, others are hilarious. All show a vigorous sense of design, interesting typography and sense of fun that we don't often see today.

Here's a quick Perry quiz:
1) What was Mason's work address?
2) What was his phone number?

Answers:
1) Brent Building, Suite 904. Mason defends Charles Stewart Brent, owner of the building, in the Case of the Gilded Lily. 
2) MA5-1190 This was before our modern era of area codes; "exchanges" were known by a name, such as Madison 5. When you told someone the number you said the name, not the abbreviation.


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