Saturday, May 31, 2014

A sweet little peek inside Irving Klaw’s very first CARTOON AND MODEL PARADE catalog, 1950!

Welcome back, Fet History fans!

Picking up from last week, we stated that the 29th edition of Movie Star News would morph into issue #30 of Cartoon and Pin-Up Parade, then finally by issue #31, Cartoon and Model Parade.

Irving Klaw's Cartoon and Model Parade, 31st Edition 1950

Now if we look inside this very first edition of Cartoon and Model Parade what do we find?

Peeling back the cover we discover (on the first page) mention of the “New CC-1” series. (Remember previously the “BB” series was advertised?)

CC-1 series featuring Shirley Maitland and Cocoa Brown

And what do we observe with the CC-1 series, other than the archaic roots of bondage fantasy, which for some might be summed up in one word: “melodrama.”

Not only does the stock villainess here dress in black, she even wears a mask.

CC-1 series featuring Shirley Maitland and Cocoa Brown

These photo stills, by the way, underscore Irving Klaw’s great efficiency as a businessman. His innovation—later widely imitated—was to kill two birds with one stone: To take marketable still photographs (various, full photographic sets) while shooting films, thereby creating two product lines simultaneously. In this case the film (advertised further along in this same catalog) is titled, “Captive Girl Foils A Thief,” by which we can assume Cocoa Brown (the damsel in distress on the couch) gets “even” by act 3. "Turnabout" is the basic plot formula of many such photo-play fantasies—and a favorite narrative device of Irving Klaw ace, Eric Stanton.

Moving along, let’s see what else we have—as part of this “CC” series:

Joan Rydell, Cocoa Brown, and Shirley Maitland

Three of my favorite pre-Bettie Page models: Joan Rydell, Cocoa Brown, and Shirley Maitland. But what's going on here?

Joan Rydell, Cocoa Brown, and Shirley Maitland

The D-400 series, also highlighted in this very first edition of Cartoon and Model Parade, seems to introduce more theatrics (below)—not to mention the early Irving Klaw favorite (or my Irving Klaw favorite), Shirley Levitt.

 Shirley Levitt, Loraine Durane, Ruth Field

“D-530” looks devious. Last week, we took a sneak peek. Shirley Levitt is the masked one, holding down the girl’s head.

 Shirley Levitt, Loraine Durane, Ruth Field

Here’s Shirley Levitt (below) without a mask. She cleans up nicely wouldn’t you say?

Shirley Levitt

Is that all that’s inside Cartoon and Model Parade, issue #31? Hardly.

By 1950—even before the arrival of Bettie Page—Irving Klaw had already accumulated an impressive “damsel in distress” catalog of photographs. Like the F-500 series (featuring Shirley Maitland, Shirley Levitt, and Cindy Heller). Here’s an example below:

Shirley Maitland, Shirley Levitt, and Cindy Heller

And the K-600 series (featuring, among others, Vicki  Hayes).

Vicki  Hayes
The classic T-200 series (featuring Chris Triplet).

Chris Triplet

 The 4000 series (featuring Aimee, Frances Adams, and Lilli Dawn).

Irving Klaw 4000 series featuring Aimee, Frances Adams, and Lilli Dawn

Not to mention the artist, John Willie, who by then had already contributed negatives and licensed artwork to Klaw. The W-1 series (below) represents his early work (photos, as stated in the ad, “taken in Australia”)—and some of these photographs even feature his wife, Holly.

Irving W-1 series

Holly Anna Faram

As for his artwork: both of John Willie’s highly influential (though unfinished) Chapter Serials—“Sweet Gwendoline” and “The Escape Artiste”— are also featured in this first Cartoon and Model Parade catalog.

“Sweet Gwendoline” and “The Escape Artiste”

Not bad, huh?

Whew! That’s enough. I could go on and on, but I think I need to take a nap.

Tune in next week for an Irving Klaw “damsel in distress” series I may have missed.

Bye, for now!
Joan Rydell

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Friday, May 23, 2014

CARTOON AND MODEL PARADE & the Pre-Bettie Page Days of Irving Klaw, circa 1950

If you’ll recall from last week, we left off with a brief look at remnants of some very early Irving Klaw bulletins. Today I thought it might be fun to trace the earliest Irving Klaw catalogs. What’s the difference between Irving Klaw’s bulletins and his catalogs? Well, for one, the catalogs are much thicker. They also generally represent “the best of” his bulletins (or what, most likely, was his “best-selling” material. Let’s not forget that Irving Klaw, first and foremost, was a businessman).

By this time, the late 1940s, Klaw had been selling movie star pin-up photos and Hollywood memorabilia for about a decade. He was a seasoned businessman with mail order experience. Although Irving Klaw was married (also for about a decade), his real partner in crime was his sister Pauline (aka “Paula”).

Irving Klaw Paula Klaw Irving Klaw Pin Up Photos

Irving Klaw’s earliest catalogs were called Movie Star News. Since I own a few of these I can say they’re pretty bland: just straight listings of mainstream Hollywood material with very few pics, except for the occasional celebrity PR shot.

Movie Star News

By the mid-to-late ‘40s, “borderline” material would be introduced in these catalogs. This was a natural progression (following Darwin's Law, we might say), as what sold would be featured more and more.

Already by issue #27* of Movie Star News, for instance, there’s mention of “Girls in Extreme High Heels,” “Dominant Female Sirens,” “Curvaceous Corset Girls,” “Fighting Girls,” “Slave Girls,” “High Laced Boots Poses,” “Gagged Model Poses.” Many of these same ads, which are actually quite innocent, can also be seen in issue #29 (below):

Movie Star News #29

Movie Star News #29

The 29th edition of Movie Star News would morph into issue #30 of Cartoon and Pin-Up Parade, then finally by issue #31, Cartoon and Model Parade, which you see below.

Cartoon and Model Parade #31

Not only is this the first Cartoon and Model Parade, it’s also the first catalog not to be printed on newsprint. This accounts for the paper not browning so much, the smoother texture, and the better image quality. Although this item has no publishing date, an accurate guess would be 1950.

Since I own this particular issue, would you like to take a peek inside? If so, tune in next week!

But here’s a special preview (click to enlarge)!

Shirley Levitt

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Friday, May 16, 2014

The Mystery of The Spanish Irving Klaw Bulletins: 1949, 1950

Since I mentioned advertising bulletins in my last post—tracing examples from Eric Stanton back to Irving Klaw—this time around I thought I'd list my earliest bulletins, which I found quite by accident on a Spanish Internet trading site, much like eBay, which I can no longer recall the name of. These bulletins date way back, as you’ll see. Included in the lot were 4 double-sided pages and one original envelope with a post-marked date.

Let’s begin with the envelope addressed to Francisco Gonzalez (whose address I’ve obscured).

As we can see from the postmark (click to enlarge), it states April 6 1950.

Now we are presented with a mystery, as some of the bulletins (below) appear to date from even earlier … shall we say 1949?... But it’s anyone guess as the bulletins themselves are undated.

Are all 4 pages part of the same bulletin? It doesn’t appear so. But I can’t be sure.


As you can see, the “BB” series is being advertised, which as the bulletin states “features models Barbara Leslie, Loraine Durane, Barbara Buchanan and Louise Sabo.” 36 B&G poses, 8 TBNG (“Tied But Not Gagged”) 4 spanking poses, 11 “fighting girl poses,” and 15 “miscellaneous High Heel poses.” So, as we can see, there are 5 distinct fetish categories (including the group that likes their models “tied but not gagged”).

Let’s take a look at the back of this bulletin, since it’s beautiful and features samplings from others series: “CC,” even “DD.”

The difficulty in dating these bulletins, as you might imagine, stems from Klaw often repeating or recycling previous ads. So as this bulletin advertises samplings from others series—“CC,” “DD”—why does it appear that the “BB” series is being advertised for the first time? And how does that date the bulletin?

While you’re busy pondering that question, let’s take a closer look at what’s on what on this page, because it’s fun and educational. (My idea of educational, anyway.)

Here are some High Heel poses of Barbara Buchanan, looking very lovely in a black satin top almost matching the glossy shimmer of her shoes:

Here’s Barbara Leslie (high heel s + leather opera gloves), having some fun:

Barbara Leslie, again (heels and a riding crop). The lower angle makes her legs look longer:

Here’s Shirley Maitland, Cocoa Brown, and Lois Meriden, posing charismatically:


Now is this double-sided page part of the previous bulletin? I don’t know.

One side of it features mostly text for wrestling movies (#21, #22: not that interesting), but the other side is pretty cool:

Let’s take a closer look at the top, because it’s pretty dramatic. The model appears to be Barbara Leslie:

I’m not sure who the model is here, (although it may be several models):

We don’t know who the photographers are for any of these, by the way. Certainly not Irving Klaw or his sister Paula.


Now this is pretty cool, as it features Irving Klaw cartoons (i.e. Chapter Serials). Three artists are featured: “C.W.” for “Gale, Girl Reporter,” “G.”(or “George”) for “Poor Pamela,” and Stanton for “Fighting Femmes.” I would date this bulletin at 1949. Why? Because it was prior to Stanton illustrating bondage Chapter Serials. At this time, Stanton (before he was known as “Eric”) was only depicting wrestling and fighting girls – his personal fetish. At this point, he had completed “Battling Women,” but only 10 of 11 episodes/pages of “Fighting Femmes.” Only the first 5 episodes/pages of “Poor Pamela” were available. (Stanton would eventually complete the rest.)  Concurrently, Stanton had completed the first 16 episodes of “Dawn’s Fighting Adventures” (as we shall see on the reverse side). So it was all fighting/wrestling girls for Stanton and Irving Klaw was yet to “corrupt” him with bondage themed material, although we might imagine that Klaw had already entertained the idea.

Eneg (Gene Bilbrew) and Adolfo Ruiz wouldn’t join Irving Klaw for several years. Bettie Page was not even modeling at this time. Steve Ditko had not arrived in New York City.

But let’s examine the bulletin:

On back, we have an advertisement for “Dawn’s Fighting Adventures” by Stanton; and at the very bottom, perhaps offering a clue to the date, it states that the “CC” Series bulletin will follow:

My favorite detail on this page is the set featuring 2 of my favorite Irving Klaw models, Joan Rydell and Jean Williams. The other model is Betty Price. (Who?)


Now for the last page.

The question remains: Is this last double-sided page related to those above? I don’t know. Maybe you can take a look, help me determine how it fits in with those pages above. If it does at all.

This page mentions movie #23, which might offer a clue to its date. It also states that “the first Ten Episodes of Miss Adventure” are available – again another possible clue. Did you notice the so-called “TA-Amateur”  bondage series advertised? Let’s take a look at that because it’s pretty amazing and seeing is believing:

Does this look like amateur work to you?

Aesthetically inspired, no? Dell Hunter is mentioned as the model in these.

Now let’s look at the back of this page and conclude our study for today.

Here we have the art of Mory; we have Joan Rydell and Betty Price. But who is that at the very top? Is it? Could it be?

It is.  Mr. John Willie.

Hope you enjoyed this week’s examination of artifacts. Take your time in looking them over again, and don’t forget to tune in next week. Cheers!

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

TRAVELING BACKWARDS IN FETHISTORY: Eric Stanton, Eddie Mishkin, Leonard Burtman, Stanley Malkin, Irving Klaw, John Willie, and finally Charles Guyette

Now in my last post, I mentioned that Eric Stanton was not only the last Fet Art entrepreneur of his kind but a direct link to all of Fet History. What exactly did I mean by this? 

Eric Stanton by Steve Ditko

To understand, we need to go back in time -- before the days of cell phones, before the Internet, when "mail order" ruled (at least as far as Fet Art production/distribution was concerned). If we look closely at Eric Stanton's business, The Stanton Archives (1975 - circa 1999), we see traces of Eddie Mishkin (Candor Books Inc., Gargoyles Sales Corp.), Leonard Burtman (Selbee Associates Inc., Burmel Publishing Co.), Stanley Malkin (Satellite Publishing Co.), Irving Klaw (Nutrix Co. and Irving Klaw's original self-named business), John Willie, and finally Charles Guyette (who preceded Irving Klaw). All of them ran mail order businesses (with varying success, particularly in John Willie's case). All of them, in one way or another, would influence Eric Stanton -- both in what they sold and how they distributed it. In other words, he was following a tradition.

Below are a few "bulletins” -- mail order advertising flyers -- to better trace this arc. I'll start with Eric Stanton, then go backwards: Mishkin, Stanley Malkin, Burtman, and Klaw. What about John Willie or Charles Guyette? I have no bulletins (or catalogs) from either one, unfortunately, but this at least will give you some idea of how things operated in the good ole’ pre-Internet snail mail days. It also suggests how these Fet Art/Fet Fantasy entrepreneurs were vulnerable -- plainly exposed as they were to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (a federal law-enforcement agency within the Post Office), who acted as “moral” censors in their day.

Stanton Archives Eric Stanton 1988 supplement

Eric Stanton's Stanton Archives
 Eric Stanton (The Stanton Archives)

Edward Mishkin's Candor
(Candor Books Inc.)

Edward Mishkin Gargoyle Sales Corp.
(Gargoyles Sales Corp.)

Eddie Mishkin
Eddie Mishkin (Candor, Gargoyles Sales Corp.)

Stanley Malkin, Satellite Publishing Co.
(Satellite Publishing Co.)
Stanley Malkin (aka Stanley Malcolm)
 Stanley Malkin (Satellite Publishing Co., Nitey-Nite Books, Inc.)

Selbee Associates, Inc.
(Selbee Associates, Inc.)

Burmel Publishing Co.
(Burmel Publishing Co.)

Leonard Burtman - Richard Perez
Leonard Burtman (Selbee Associates Inc., Burmel Publishing Co.)

Nutrix Co.

Irving Klaw Pin-Up Photos

Irving Klaw Pin-Up Photos

Irving Klaw (Nutrix Co. and Irving Klaw Pin-Up Photos)

These last four individuals had more companies than those listed (some legitimate, some not); and each, like Stanton, produced full mail order catalogs in addition to the these bulletins, which I may reference in future blogs. Cheers. 

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