Saturday, June 14, 2014

Irving Klaw’s MASKED WOMEN!

Whoa! Stop the press. What’s going on here? Could it be another Fet Fantasy scenario enabled by psychodrama theater impresario, Irving Klaw?

Shirley Levitt

In fact, it is!... Welcome back!

Here again we have Shirley Levitt and Ruth Field in another look at the impressive 1950 series, referred to in the past.

Shirley Levitt and Ruth Field

The D-400 series, as you’ll recall, also features Loraine Durane in some early, striking Irving Klaw enabled images.

Loraine Durane, Shirley Levitt, Ruth Field

This is Loraine Durane. With the paddle.

Loraine Durane, Shirley Levitt

What is it about a mask that lends an image such compelling power? Does it suggest an alternate reality and mystery not usually referenced in today's world?

And while we're on the subject, here we have Eric Stanton's impressive interpretation, commissioned by Irving Klaw and presented in 1953. (Note: Duchess of the Bastille - (1953 - Feb./June) – 30 episodes/pages … later renamed “Cruel Duchess of The Bastille” in Nutrix book form.)

Eric Stanton, Duchess of the Bastille

Right away, we can see the advantage that artwork has over reality. For one thing, only one artist needs to be paid. Secondly, no one ever needs to be hurt when we play in the theater of the imagination. And Stanton was clear in asserting that he always favored fantasy to reality, especially when it came to subverting expectations of gender and identity.

Eric Stanton, Duchess of the Bastille, Irving Klaw

But back to 1950 and live models!

Irving Klaw's masked ladies would not end with the D-400 series. His HK-1 series*, which was advertised in the 31st Edition of Cartoon and Model Parade and possibly shot in the apartment of "Little John," would also feature masked-Fem-Dom shenanigans. Let's a take a look.

Irving Klaw, Jackie Jones, Betty Whitney, Amy Lane

Irving Klaw, Jackie Jones, Betty Whitney, Amy Lane

Irving Klaw, Jackie Jones, Betty Whitney, Amy Lane

Irving Klaw, Jackie Jones, Betty Whitney, Amy Lane

Irving Klaw, Jackie Jones, Betty Whitney, Amy Lane


Uh-oh! Unmasked!

Irving Klaw, Jackie Jones, Betty Whitney, Amy Lane

Turnabout is fair play.

Jackie Jones, Betty Whitney, Amy Lane

Of course, the image of the masked woman (in leather) was, like most fetish iconography, of European origin, which may account for part of its exotic "strangeness" to American sensibilities. The image below was among those sold by Irving Klaw's predecessor, Charles Guyette. (Before he was sentenced to prison.) Quite beautiful, wouldn't you say?

Charles Guyette
 Until next week! Cheers!

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*The HK-1 series features Irving Klaw models Jackie Jones, Betty Whitney, and Amy Lane.
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