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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