Spotting old books and magazines and dummy newspapers in TV, movies and old photos

Ha! Are we including made up books?
For those who may not know, Googie Withers was a British actress of the 30’s and 40’s predominantly. A perfect daft choice for Python.
We've already had made up books, although I'm not sure they were put there for comedy like that was. And we've certainly had made up newspapers and their headlines. The fake in-film and in-TV books and newspaper headlines were not meant to be poured over and examined, that's why they were reused. No one could foresee a time when you could pause and reply video endlessly at home, and most TV was live, or else the recoding tape reused. We've lost a lot of early TV because of that. So, I'm quite sure that this allowed jokes and spoofs to pass without being spotted.

I think this would be very disappointing if the detective was not actually a mammoth, possibly called Dick Tusk.
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Looks like late June, 1942, judging by the issues of Life and Liberty.



Here's the one SF magazine in the lover right corner:


The Asimov story is "Victory Unintentional," which was rejected by Astounding.

Interesting anecdote here:

John W. Campbell of Astounding Science Fiction so disliked the story that he rejected it with the chemical formula for butyl mercaptan. Campbell knew the chemistry graduate-student Asimov would understand this as saying that the story stank.
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Perhaps Asimov considered expressing his opinion of Campbell with a chemical diagram showing (E)-2-butene-1-thiol, 3-methyl-1-butanethiol, and 2-phenylethanethiol and these minor volatile components: phenylmethanethiol, 2-methylquinoline, 2-quinolinemethanethiol, bis[(E)-2-butenyl] disulfide, (E)-2-butenyl 3-methylbufyl disulfide, bis(3-methylbutyl) disulfide.

But thought better of it.
From Mirrors (1978):

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I don't know why the character is reading The Journal of the American Medical Society, as there is no hint she is a physician or is otherwise interested in health care. Maybe it was the only thing available?

(Later thought: There is a physician character involved; maybe she got it from him.)
From Hitchcock (2012):

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Very nice recreation of an article from the time. I love the fact that they did not use Helvetica in the headline.

Note on the right Anthony Boucher's review of Bloch's novel. This is either a real clipping, or an extraordinary recreation.
Not really a daily newspaper but a newsstand ad for the headlines of the day:

No Orchids For Miss Blandish.

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