A guide to vintage Penguin book colours

Here are some pretty Penguins for your delectation

The colours don’t just add beauty to the tomes, they also acted as guidance when they were in wide circulation from WW2 to the 1960s. Here’s what’s the colours symbolise:

Green = crime novels
Cerise = travel and adventure
Dark blue = biography
Red = drama
Purple = essays
Yellow = miscellaneous

Do you have any of these little beauties in your possession? Which is your favourite colour? I’m partial to the yellow. And the pink. Oh, and the lilac….

Martha, The Colour File x

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