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Dell Keyhole Variations

The early Dell Books featured the image of an eye peering through a keyhole on the front cover. Over the years they tweaked the keyhole in various ways. Here are examples from my collection (not all first instances):


1st Row from left to right:


Dell 1 Original Mystery keyhole design – Death in the Library

Dell 5 First Mapback keyhole design – Four Frightened Women

Dell 25 Mapback keyhole with “A Dell Book” – Speak No Evil

Dell 47 Mapback keyhole with Lines – Keeper of the Keys

Dell 49 Mapback keyhole with Book Number – The Feathered Serpent


2nd Row from left to right:


Dell 73 Mapback - First Romance keyhole – Week-end Marriage

Dell 195 Mapback - Adventure keyhole – Beam’s End

Dell 281 Mapback - Historical keyhole – Anthony Adverse in Italy

Dell 317 Mapback - Western keyhole – Alder Gulch


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Taken on September 5, 2011