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This Week’s Sex History Line-Up

Miss Universe semi-finalists for 1968Not a lot of time again this week. However, I did manage to do some scanning, so I hope to be posting soon. Meanwhile, busy yourself with what I’ve been reading.

At Eros, tabloid news of ye olde strip searches and some wife-spanking history.

At Red-Blooded Thing, we’re delighted to meet the whipped cream girl.

At Time, we are allowed to enter Casa Susanna, a 1950s Transvestite Hideaway.

Gracie alerted me to news that they are doing a Backwash Reunion website — and yes, that includes the “red side” of Adult Backwash. Here’s a bit of history on the site & it’s place in sex blogging history. (I had a profile on the social network site; anyone else?)

Image credits: Miss Universe semi-finalists for 1968; via.

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When Risque Meant Sexist

Risque vintage comic and cartoon illustrations, mostly from Humorama magazine, for sale at Koch Comic Art. Found via.

SEXY GIRL TRAPPED IN OFFICE - HUMORAMA

SEXY HOOKER IN BAR - HUMORAMA ART

SEXY SECRETARY FILES HER BRIEFS - HUMORAMA JOKE ART

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What Silent Porn Star Has Been Reading This Past Week

Apparently Peter Tupper (aka ptupper72) didn’t stop blogging, writing, or researching; he just moved his site. You can now find him at The History of BDSM, where he has an interesting post about 1930s bondage.

In Of Feminism & Inequality In Porn & Sex Work, Gracie hits the nail on the head regarding porn & its history:

Like I said before, feminists and others who struggle for equality, would be wise to look at issues of pay inequality, poverty, and other issues of economic divisions in terms of assessing the prevalence of “male porn.” Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community can all see how less money means not only less access, but less ability to create demand in the market place. …

Forget that we women make what, 70 cents to the male dollar, leaving us very little disposable income, we are not allowed such services. When women buy a book like 50 Shades, it becomes national headlines, so you can only imagine what would happen if women sought adult entertainment outside the safe confines of the bachelorette party making a visit to see the traveling Chippendales tour. And even then, we’re supposed to laugh and giggle at ourselves, lest we be labeled a Peg Bundy, or worse, risk real life things like the custody of our children. When men use sex services, they can continue to have their lives, their children, their jobs, hold political office, etc. Men will be men, right? But women ~ oh, hell no! Women must be women, non-paid guardians of home and hearth, and only as monogamously sexual as their male partners want them to be. Scarlet letters, remember?

And because one day, this digital age of sex bloggin will be charmingly vintage… Dangerous Lilly started the conversation on sex blogging history; Bacchus at Eros is keeping the conversation alive.

Image credits: A stripper at a Tokyo striptease show on a lighted walkway 1957; via, via. (Both worthy of spending some time at!)

vintage Tokyo striptease show 1957

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“She Loses Her Clothes As She Glows In The Dark”

Throughout the 1940s, at least, these ads for risque neckties for men filled magazines — including mainstream magazines published for America’s clean-cut youth, such as Hit Parader. In fact, in one issue of Hit Parader alone I found multiple ads for these glow in the dark strip-tease ties. (Note: the girls only strip down to their bra and panties.) As for where America’s youth could wear such ties…

vintage kay art shop glow strip-tease necktie ad

vintage glow in the dark strip tease neck tie ad

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Sailor Drawn To The Rapture

A vintage photo of a sailor man perusing Rapture magazine.

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Vintage Petty Girl Glasses Ad

vintage petty girl glasses ad

Circa 1948.

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Of Mail Order Romance & Smut

Tom sent me a link to this vintage advertisement for photos or, and seemingly from, Betty Brosmer.

betty brosomer ad

Tom expressed surprise that the company name (or at least the mailing address) was Betty Brosmer Sales.

Certainly in today’s world, there likely would be some legal action involved in using a celebrity’s name without the celebrity being involved; it’s to valuable in light of today’s “branding”, right?

I’m no legal eagle, but I’m pretty sure that back then unauthorized use of a person’s name, either in company name or marketing of any kind, would have been a legal issue too. While it is possible that Ms. Brosmer (or Mrs. Weider) simply signed away rights to her name to some photographer, it is even more likely that she and her husband, body builder turned health and fitness king Joe Weider, simply saw money to be made. It was Brosmer, after all, who was the first model to get residuals every time her photo was published, so why shouldn’t she make money off selling her photos directly to the consumer?

In truth, many of the pinup models and burlesque performers ran their own side businesses, selling photographs, autographs, etc. Lily St. Cyr sold lingerie. Lynne O’Neill, The Original Garter Girl, not only had one of these businesses, but apparently kept quite a bit of the correspondence from fans.

Like the models and performers of today, these women decided to make more money between booking photography sessions, performances, and appearances. Instead of starting a website, selling merch along with site memberships, these ladies opened a PO box and did the mail order thing.

Technology may be a wonderful thing, but does lightning speed make up for the charm of handwritten letters in exchange for a wallet sized photo? Even if the photo was paid for, I still think it’s more charming.

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Guccione Gone?

It would appear that Jeremy Frommer and Jerrick Ventures have lost at least one of the lawsuits regarding use of the Guccione name, for gone is The Guccione Collection (and URL). (Regular readers will recall earlier mentions of The Guccione Collection here and here.) In many respects, the venture, including (surprisingly low-yield final price) auctions and Omni Reboot, still exists — but now all are operating under a new name and URL: Filthy Gorgeous Media. Gone, however, are the lengthy odes to Bob Guccione and Penthouse. Even Jerrick Ventures is getting a “reboot”. I guess that’s what Frommer meant in February, when he said he was “close to settling two legal cases involving his rights to the collection”.

filthy gorgeous media

In related news, Filthy Gorgeous Media is launching a lingerie line called Miss Filthy. Along the way they’ve managed to wring more press out of Lindsay Lohan. *sigh*

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A Quick Link Round-Up For Vintage Smut Lovers

An interview with Steve “Pudgy” DeRose about his porn collection offers some key points regarding sex in the film industry:

I can refer to a number of European or Japanese theatrical movies which have performers who have appeared in explicit shoots. Seemingly, only North America has the *stigma*. The history of softcore porn was that the moviemakers *never really showed you* what you were hoping/expecting to view. So they ensnared you into returning to the theater for its next presentation in hope that *they would show it to you then*. In this context, it is understandable why hardcore just obliterated softcore when it hit. After weeks and months of being teased, when someone finally viewed the satisfying content he/she was hoping for, nobody was going to voluntarily buy a ticket for a teasing softcore movie anymore. Movies which had been lensed soft were re-edited to include hardcore imagery, generally via inserts, and typically looking totally out of context from the remainder of the movie. This is the origin of the cliché, “intrusive porno inserts”. But, they saved those movies’ producers, directors, and distributors from losing money on their investment.

Let’s hope his collection will end up, unloved, and with his former wife — like this guy’s collection did. Also at Eros: Naked In The Harem.

At Sex Kitten: Laura wrote about male nudity, featuring an ashtray I’d already written about. And Gracie reminds us of Fit To Kill.

At Kitsch Slapped, a vintage ad for “dating signs” and a snarky old postcard to Miss Innocence.

Image credits: Image from the Smut & Eggs vintage porn show that Steve De Rose provided films for that was once a regular event held at the apparently defunct (?) Twisted Spokes of Chicago.

smut and eggs

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Boots Made For Posin’

Classic photos of Julie Strain, Penthouse Pet Of The Year 1993, via.

julie strain lingerie and boots

dominatrix julie strain

See also: Julie’s website & store.

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