Tuesday, August 04, 2009

I'd Remain Standing At The Can-Can Show

Following the link from Naughty Secretaries Vs. Bosses Gone Bad, I found the seller of a puzzling French mechanical greeting card featuring can-can dancers:



It's not the French which puzzles me, but the can-can ass chair backs... Sitting in one removes all the titillation factor. And most mechanical risque humor cards have a surprise when you open them; this one, not so much. Puzzling.

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Frida Kahlo Uterus Plushie

I love this Frida Kahlo Uterus Plushie by VulvaLoveLovely -- not only adorable, but the artist has substance to go with her skills, creating an ode of a post to Kahlo and her creation.

Yes; I do accept gifts.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Pygama Girl Mystery

"In the 1930s, pyjamas were exotic, the sort of thing worn by young flappers. These so-called 'new women' dressed in skimpy clothes, they smoked, they drank, they partied and they laughed at convention" -- and when they were murdered, it was what they deserved. Alessia presents the whole nasty scoop of clumping kitty litter that is The Pygama Girl Mystery in, My Pajamas Made Him Kill Me (Or, In Which I Review A Film I Haven't Seen).

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You're The Bee's Knees

In Rolled Stockings, Bees Knees, And All That Jazz you'll meet Bee Jackson who may be behind the expression, "the bee's knees".

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Your Grandma Liked Soul Kissing

An old newspaper article, likely from the 30's, which exclaims, Barnard Students Admit Necking and "Soul Kissing". Via Susie Bright.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Poet Sylvia Plath's Son, Nicholas Hughes, Commits Suicide

From Hillel Italie & Rachel D'Oro of the AP (links added by SPS):
When Nicholas Hughes was in his early 20s, his father, poet Ted Hughes, advised him on the importance of living bravely.

"The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated," Hughes wrote to his son, who committed suicide at 47 last week at his home in Fairbanks, Alaska, 46 years after Nicholas' mother, poet Sylvia Plath, killed herself.

"And the only thing people regret is that they didn't live boldly enough, that they didn't invest enough heart, didn't love enough. Nothing else really counts at all."

From the time that Plath died, in 1963, Ted Hughes had tried to protect and strengthen their children, Frieda and Nicholas, from their mother's fate and fame. He burned the last volume of his wife's journals, a decision strongly criticized by scholars and fans, and waited years to tell his children the full details of Plath's suicide.

And only near the end of his own life, in his "Birthday Letters" poems, did he share his side of modern poetry's most famous and ill-starred couple.

"What I've been hiding all my life, from myself and everybody else, is not terrible at all. Though you didn't want to read it," he wrote to Nicholas in 1998, months before Ted Hughes died of cancer.

"And the effect on me, Nicky, the sense of gigantic, upheaval transformation in my mind, is quite bewildering. It's as though I have completely new different brains. I can think thoughts I never could think. I have a freedom of imagination I've not felt since 1962. Just to have got rid of all that."

"But I tell you all this," Hughes added, "with a hope that it will let you understand a lot of things. ... Don't laugh it off. In 1963 you were hit even harder than me. But you will have to deal with it, just as I have had to."

Nicholas Hughes, who was not married and had no children, hanged himself March 16, Alaska State Troopers said. He was a man of science, not letters, the only member of his immediate family not to become a poet. A fisheries biologist, he spent nearly a decade on the faculty of the University of Alaska Fairbanks as a professor of fisheries and ocean sciences. He left in December 2006, according to the university's Web site.

Hughes' older sister, poet Frieda Hughes, issued a statement through the Times of London, expressing her "profound sorrow" and saying that he "had been battling depression for some time."

"His lifelong fascination with fish and fishing was a strong and shared bond with our father," Frieda Hughes wrote. "He was a loving brother, a loyal friend to those who knew him and, despite the vagaries that life threw at him, he maintained an almost childlike innocence and enthusiasm for the next project or plan."

Nicholas Hughes graduated from the University of Oxford in 1984, and received a master's of arts degree from Oxford, in 1990, before emigrating to the United States and getting a doctorate from the University of Alaska.

Hughes' family history was an "urban legend" that was passed around from student to student. But it was a subject no one discussed with him, said Kevin Schaberg, a former student in a fish ecology class taught by Hughes.

"It was obviously something he did not want to talk about," said Schaberg, who added that he knew Hughes struggled with depression. "I never brought it (his family) up. He never brought it up."

Mark Wipfli, an aquatic ecologist at the University of Alaska and a good friend of Hughes, said that Hughes never spoke of his mother to him, but he talked warmly of his father, who sometimes visited Hughes in Alaska. Even though he had left the university, Hughes remained active in research and was a key scientist in an ongoing study of king salmon.

"I would really like to see him recognized in his own right, not just as the son of two famous people," Wipfli said. "In his own right, he was an incredibly wonderful person."

Hughes not only taught about fish, he also enjoyed fishing and other Alaska pursuits, such as skiing, boating and hunting moose and caribou. What stands out the most for Schaberg, however, is Hughes' vast knowledge of fish, his instant recall of authors, titles and journals on even the most obscure subjects.

"Nick was probably one of the smartest guys I've ever met," he said. "When it came to fish, he was a walking bibliography."

Hughes was only 9 months old when his parents separated and was still an infant when his mother died in February 1963, gassing herself in a London flat as her children slept. A few months earlier, she had written of Nicholas: "You are the one/Solid the spaces lean on, envious/You are the baby in the barn."

Not widely known when she died, Plath became a cult figure through the novel "The Bell Jar," which told of a suicidal young woman, and through the prophetic "Ariel" poems --"I shall never grow old," she wrote-- she had been working on near the end of her life.

The immediate cause of her breakup with Hughes was his affair with Assia Wevill. Plath's legacy haunted her husband, hounded for years by women who believed he was responsible for her suicide and by a procession of biographers and fans obsessed with the brief, impassioned and tragic marriage between the two poets.

Ted Hughes relived the tragedy not only through the constant reminders of Plath, but also through the suicide of Wevill, his second wife, who in March 1969 killed herself and their 4-year-old daughter.
Also: Guardian's coverage and Mirror's coverage

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Men, Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve...

Or your lust on your shirt.


The seller says:
The single most collectible and rare item we've ever had, probably. This late 60's man's vintage shirt with a photo of a gorgeous naked black lady, with an afro, on the back and a smaller print of her on the front chest. White semi sheer probably nylon but it's not labeled.


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Naughty & Nudie Vintage Postcards

A few of the more interesting (to me) postcards from the nude and risque vintage postcard selection at Cherryland Postcard Auctions.








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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Post-Coital Smoke?

Such a frightening ad portraying a woman woken in the middle of the night to find a cat burglar smoking in her boudoir.



British Abdulla Cigarette Advertisement, 1926.

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Miss Florida 1928


Back of picture reads: Madeline Genkin taken at Jacksonville Florida in 1928 when she was Miss Jacksonville & Miss Florida.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Make Him Sit Up & Beg

Deanna, aka Pop Tart, send me these images while searching for items for her "Dames & Dogs" posts. (See also her post of a dog enjoying an up-skirt view.)




You should not give canines chocolate; similarly, human dawgs should thus be teased.

Both illustrations by A. K. MacDonald appeared in the February 28 1934 issue of The Sketch and are titled Delikatessen!

The Sketch
, one of Ingram's "Illustrated Newspapers" was published in London from 1893-1959. The publication was "entertainment for the masses," focusing on music hall, vaudeville, early cinema, pin-up, high society, sporting occasions and light gossip. Just our cup of tea! It began as a weekly publication & then was published fortnightly from mid-WW2 onwards.

A.K. MacDonald, aka Alistair MacDonald aka Alistair K. MacDonald (1898-1947), was an illustrator whose art nouveau postcards are highly collectible. Like Kirchner, MacDonald also did charming erotic nudes.


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Saturday, March 14, 2009

"Don't Touch It, Stick A Pin In It"


Details on this antique postcard-slash-pincushion at Kitschy Kitschy Coo.

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Spanking Ann-Margret


Grey Villet's 1961 photo of "Starlet Ann-Margret Olson receiving a playful spanking from her uncle" combined with happy memories of Elvis spanking only make me dream a little dream of seeing Elvis spank Ann-Margret.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Weston Nude Photograph Auction

This Weston nude photograph titled Nude (Charis, Santa Monica) will be up for auction March 30 at Sotheby's and is expected to fetch $6,000 - 9,000.



The details of the work are as follows:
9 3/8 by 7 1/2 in. (23.8 by 19.1 cm.)

DESCRIPTION

mounted, signed, annotated, and stamped by Cole Weston on the reverse, 1930, printed later by Cole Weston from his father's negative

LITERATURE AND REFERENCES

Conger 968; Edward Weston Nudes, p. 83; Photography and Modernism, pl. 75; Through Another Lens, pl. 29; Edward Weston's Book of Nudes, pl. 39

CATALOGUE NOTE

The full catalogue information for this lot is as follows:

mounted, signed, titled, dated, and numbered '227N' by Cole Weston in pencil and with the 'Negative by Edward Weston/Print by Cole Weston' stamp, on the reverse, matted, 1930, printed later by COLE WESTON from EDWARD WESTON'S negative
If you wonder what impact year of creation, edition, signature etc. have on art auction prices, check out the history of pricing (collected by ArtNet)

Title Nude (Charis, Santa Monica)
Medium gelatin silver print, mntd
Size 9.5 x 7.5 in. / 24.1 x 19.1 cm.
Year 1936 -
Printing/
Casting 1951
Edition ed.100
Cat. Rais. Conger, 968
Found./Pub. Brett Weston, prntr
Misc. Signed, Stamped
Sale Of Sotheby's New York: Tuesday, October 16, 2007 [Lot 194]
Photographs
Estimate 25,000 - 35,000 US$
Sold For 91,000 US$ PREMIUM Currency Converter


Title Nude - Charis, Santa Monica (from Fiftieth Anniversary Portfolio)
Medium gelatin silver print, mntd
Size 9.4 x 7.5 in. / 24 x 19 cm.
Year 1936 -
Printing/
Casting 1951
Edition ed.100
Found./Pub. Brett Weston, prntr
Misc. Signed, Stamped
Sale Of Sotheby's New York: Tuesday, October 17, 2006 [Lot 139]
Photographs
Estimate 20,000 - 30,000 US$
Sold For 52,800 US$ PREMIUM Currency Converter


Title Nude
Medium gelatin silver print, mntd
Size 9.4 x 7.5 in. / 24 x 19 cm.
Year 1936 -
Printing/
Casting Later Imp
Description EDWARD WESTON Nude, 1936 gelatin silver print, printed later by Cole more ...
Edition no. 227N
Found./Pub. Cole Weston, pub.
Misc. Signed, Inscribed, Stamped
Sale Of Christie's New York: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 [Lot 335]
Photographs
Estimate 8,000 - 12,000 US$
Sold For 20,000 US$ PREMIUM Currency Converter


Title Nude
Medium gelatin silver print, mntd
Size 9.5 x 7.5 in. / 24.2 x 19.1 cm.
Year 1936 -
Printing/
Casting Later Imp
Misc. Signed, Inscribed, Stamped
Sale Of Christie's New York: Thursday, February 15, 2007 [Lot 95]
Photographs
Estimate 4,000 - 6,000 US$
Sold For 18,000 US$ PREMIUM Currency Converter


Title Nude
Medium gelatin silver print, mntd
Size 9.3 x 7.5 in. / 23.7 x 19 cm.
Year 1936 -
Printing/
Casting Later Imp
Description EDWARD WESTON (1886-1958) Nude, 1936 gelatin silver print, printed more ...
Misc. Signed, Stamped
Sale Of Christie's New York: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 [Lot 190]
Photographs
Estimate 7,000 - 9,000 US$
Sold For 13,750 US$ PREMIUM Currency Converter


Title Nude
Medium gelatin silver print, mntd
Size 9.5 x 7.5 in. / 24.2 x 19.1 cm.
Year 1936 -
Printing/
Casting Later Imp
Found./Pub. Cole Weston, prntr
Misc. Stamped
Sale Of Christie's New York: Wednesday, October 18, 2006 [Lot 313]
Photographs
Estimate 5,000 - 7,000 US$
Sold For 12,000 US$ PREMIUM Currency Converter


Title Nude
Medium gelatin silver print, mntd
Size 9.1 x 7.5 in. / 23.2 x 19.1 cm.
Year 1936 -
Printing/
Casting Later Imp
Misc. Signed, Inscribed, Stamped
Sale Of Christie's New York: Thursday, October 18, 2007 [Lot 285]
Photographs
Estimate 5,000 - 7,000 US$
Sold For 10,625 US$ PREMIUM Currency Converter


Title Nude (Charis, Santa Monica)
Medium gelatin silver print, mntd
Size 9.4 x 7.4 in. / 23.8 x 18.7 cm.
Year 1936 -
Printing/
Casting Later Imp
Description Edward Weston (American, 1886-1958) Nude (Charis, more ...
Misc. Signed, Inscribed, Stamped
Sale Of Bonhams & Butterfields: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 [Lot 185]
Photographs
Estimate 5,000 - 7,000 US$
Sold For 8,400 US$ PREMIUM Currency Converter


Title Nude in the doorway, Charis, Santa Monica
Medium gelatin silver print
Size 9.4 x 7.4 in. / 23.8 x 18.7 cm.
Year 1936 -
Printing/
Casting Later Imp
Description EDWARD WESTON Nude in the Doorway (Charis, more ...
Misc. Signed, Inscribed, Stamped
Sale Of Phillips de Pury & Company London: Saturday, May 17, 2008 [Lot 205]
Photographs
Estimate 3,000 - 5,000 BP (5,915 - 9,859 US$)
Sold For 4,000 BP (7,887 US$) PREMIUM Currency Converter


Title Nude
Medium gelatin silver print, mntd
Size 9.4 x 7.5 in. / 23.8 x 19.1 cm.
Year 1936 -
Printing/
Casting Later Imp
Found./Pub. Cole Weston, prntr
Misc. Stamped
Sale Of Phillips, de Pury & Company New York: Thursday, June 7, 2007 [Lot 121]
Photographs
Estimate 5,000 - 7,000 US$
Sold For 7,350 US$ PREMIUM Currency Converter

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Chocolate Kiss Nipples Surrounded By Peanut Butter Cookie Breast



I could just be hungry, but that's what I see when I look at this 1950 nude by Clement Haupers -- a peanut butter kiss cookie.



Hey, that comment can't be anywhere near as racist as the work's title, High Brown.

The work is part of the American and European Paintings Auction, March 12, 2009 at Cowan's Auctions.

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Pop Up Pin Ups

In the bargain book section at Barnes & Noble, a pop-up pin-up book.




I didn't get it because it has like 8 pages; even at $9.99 (if I'm remembering right), that was about $1 a page.

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Katherine Heigl Under Siege From Celebrity Sleuth Magazine, 1996

Two pages of chatter about Katherine Heigl -- with photos, of course -- found in a 1996 issue of Celebrity Sleuth (Ingenudes 9, "Issue #69!")


Billed as a "Beauty To B-Hold" and promising to deliver talk of Under Siege 2 (where Heigl appeared with Steven Seagal), most of the article is spent dishing like gossipy school girls, turning nothing into a risque giggle-fest.
For all the underage innocence Katherine exudes {like in this hands-on candid from a Seventeen magazine bash in '94, facing top left}, there's also been a dark territory hidden behind her squeaky-clean surface {like the dark cleavage, bottom left}. And isn't that Sandra Taylor with her hands up next to Katherine in a scene from Seige? (middle right) -- Taylor used to be Penthouse Centerfold Sandi Korn.
Seriously?

Seriously.

The majority of the film-focused talk is on the 1993 Disney flick, My Father, the Hero, Heigl made with Gerard Depardieu. From the blue box on the second scan, titled Ingenews:
"The smirkiest touch in My Father, the Hero involves parading naughty little Nicole {Heigl's character} in a thong swimsuit (below right)," fumed one critic, while another angrily wrote, "Some Americans in the audience might well cluck their tongues at the way the skimpily attired 14-year-old Heigl's body is exploited by {director Steve} Miner's camera." Now add to that the twisted incest plot-twist, and we discover Disney's real definition of "family" entertainment: "When Nicole falls for a hunky local, she concocts a jealousy-making scheme to rope him in. She pretends {dad} Gerard Depardieu is actually her lover and an international spy. The vacationers all think he's a child molester and give him scorching stares."
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Disney was nervous about the film before its release, as evidenced by the post-production makeover Katherine's costume received for previews. Bottom right: "Disney wanted to market My Father by showing its trailer along with G-rated movies. Unfortunately, Heigl's outfit didn't quite have the, um, material to play the lion King crowd {as opposed to the Loin King crowd!}. A quick digital paint job meant the Mouse could have its cheesecake and eat it too."

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THE SCENE: "I'm going to the beach," Katherine tells her protective papa. "Aah," Gerard gasps, grabbing her discarded towel. "What are you wearing?" he stammers. "My bathing suit," Katherine responds. "Are you sure you didn't leave part of it in the box?" he demands. "Get real, Andre," Katherine crows, flaunting her cheeks to the poolsiders. "Everybody's wearing them." "Everybody's staring at you," he blithers -- following after her bouncing buns with the towel.

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The souvenir that says, "Mom & Dad went to Sparta, and all I got was this vase with a nude woman on it."

The Etsy seller says this vintage pastel double-bud vase has a sticker on it that says it's a souvenir from Sparta, Wisconsin.


Just who did you bring that back for... The kids? For the in-laws who got your mail and fed your dog? (If it was me, hell yea!) Or maybe it was what folks who honeymooned in Sparta, Wisconsin brought back.

All I know is, I've got to visit Sparta; if these were the souvenirs of yesteryear, what can you get there today?

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

It's Time For Chef Boy-Ar-Dee -- And Boobies

This painting with nude breasts by Rolf Stoll was formerly owned by Chef Boyardee (aka Ettore Boiardi) and so hung in his Ohio restaurant -- which is proof that old Ettore had better taste than his canned pasta.


The painting is part of the American and European Paintings Auction, March 12, 2009 at Cowan's Auctions, with an estimated value of $4,000-6,000. Dat a makes for a spicy meat-a ball-a.
Andalusian Fantasy
oil on canvas
signed l.r.
housed in stenciled Art Deco frame
50" x 35"

EXHIBITED

Ohio State Fair, 1934
Cleveland Art Museum, Exhibition of Works by Cleveland Artists and Craftsmen, April 2nd-June 3rd, 1934

Provenance: This painting originally hung in the Italian Restaurant Giardino d'Italia in Cleveland, Ohio, and was owned by Ettore Boiardi, founder of the Chef Boyardee Company
Descended from the Above to the Present Owner

Condition: Very small area of craquelure in center, four tiny flakes to paint in center, otherwise excellent condition.
(EST $4000-$6000)

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Friday, February 06, 2009

Hey Dad, We Just Needed More Sexy Ads In Playboy

We used to own a Just Pants store; it was a miserable failed business experience, in part due to the double books being kept at the time of the sale. ...But maybe it was a lack of advertising?

Found in the December 1970 issue of Playboy, a decade prior to our owning the store, a sexy ad that actually lists the store we owned. Maybe if we had kept up with ads like this, I'd still be measuring men's inseams & climbing that denim wall.

(The scan is huge; I can't tell you how much this find thrilled me.)

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High-Five Friday, This & That Edition


This week's High-Fives:

1) Kitschy Kitschy Coo says it's 1956 and You Got Massage Oil On My Sander!

2) Bear Alley shows us Cartoon Censorship in 1939 (link sent to me by CR/LF of Red-Blooded Thing).

3) Kitsch-Slapped wants to know if you had fun with Jane West too.

4) Also at Kitsch-Slapped, beauty is a bitch in 1936.

5) Oh, and interested in $200 worth of free lingerie? Enter the contest.

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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Vintage Cocktail Pinup Postcard


A Good Mixer
The Shake 'em Up Girl
Unused vintage Tichnor Quality Views (Tichnor Bros) postcard, DG 8 on front, #75968 on the back.

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The Secret Of Isis

I'm rushing to post this because hubby, who regularly reads at the A.V. Club and Metafilter, told me there's been some heavy panting over Oh mighty Isis! and we both knew that I had recently bought at auction a magazine with The Secret of Isis: JoAnna Cameron.

The trouble was, which one? Well, I took the time to page through the stack of vintage & retro mags just for you -- and those Metafilter and Onion folks. Oh, the things I do for you...

But I found it: Inside Celebrity Sleuth's Network Nudes Volume 2, 1986 by Trianon Publications, Inc. (pages 44-45), photos from Cameron's topless and other scanty appearances in Peeled, B.S. I Love You, and Pretty Maids All in a Row.


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Thursday, January 29, 2009

You Said You Wanted A Little Tail



Images from the pinups section at Unusual Cards; thanks to John of Feuilleton for the link.

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It's Time To Play Adult Games

A 1963 Dell Purse Book promises "101 adult ways to beat boredom" -- but don't expect to 'beat' away your blue balls to photographs; this book is all about the brain action.

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