Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Tribute to Irving Klaw model, Shirley Maitland

In a previous post, I seemed to have favored one early Irving Klaw model in particular: Shirley Levitt.

But this is the “other” Shirley. Shirley Maitland.

My introduction to this early Irving Klaw model came on eBay, as usual. This image:

At the time I didn’t know who she was. And, in many ways, I still don’t. She remains, quite sadly, something of a mystery.

If you’ve been following my posts on FetHistory, you’ve seen her before. She was the villainess in the mask, capturing Cocoa Brown in the CC-1 series.

She was also the damsel in distress in this beautiful image.

For that particular shoot, the classic F-500 series, she wore blond hair, done up in a Nordic style.

Here she is calmly binding Shirley Levitt spread eagle to a St. Andrew’s Cross.

 Here she is calmly administering a spanking.

She always maintains that calm demeanor, regardless of playing a top or a bottom ...

... Regardless of the predicament.

On the job, she’s a nurse at work, always maintaining an air of dignity.

Some might say she had a dominant yet ethereal presence. 

She’s never caught “acting” or “playing cute.” Even in the earliest Irving Klaw, noir-inspired scenarios (also featuring Lilly Dawn and Odessa Otwell).

Only once did I see Shirley smile. But it wasn’t for Irving Klaw. It was Robert Harrison, publisher of those popular “girlie” magazines of the 1940s and early '50s: Beauty Parade, Eyeful, Wink, Titter, Flirt, and Whisper.

Here she is in a 1949 issue of Wink, appearing as “Cici Maitland, curvy goddess with raven hair.”

Until Next Week!

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