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.

Shirley Levitt, Richard Pérez Seves
  
But this is the “other” Shirley. Shirley Maitland.

Shirley Maitland, Richard Pérez Seves

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

Shirley Maitland, Richard Pérez Seves

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.

Shirley Maitland, Cocoa Brown, Richard Pérez Seves

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

Shirley Maitland, Richard Pérez Seves

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

Shirley Maitland, Richard Pérez Seves



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

Shirley Maitland, Richard Pérez Seves
 Here she is calmly administering a spanking.

Shirley Maitland, Richard Pérez Seves

Shirley Maitland, Richard Pérez Seves

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

Shirley Maitland, Richard Pérez Seves

... Regardless of the predicament.

Shirley Maitland, Richard Pérez Seves
 
On the job, she’s a nurse at work, always maintaining an air of dignity.

Shirley Maitland, Shirley Levitt, Richard Pérez Seves

Shirley Maitland, Richard Pérez Seves

Shirley Maitland, Richard Pérez Seves

Shirley Maitland, Richard Pérez Seves

Shirley Maitland, Richard Pérez Seves

Shirley Maitland, Richard Pérez Seves
Some might say she had a dominant yet ethereal presence. 

Shirley Maitland, Richard Pérez Seves

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

Shirley Maitland, Lily Dawn, Richard Pérez Seves

Shirley Maitland, Lily Dawn, Richard Pérez Seves

Shirley Maitland, Lily Dawn, Richard Pérez Seves

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.”

Shirley Maitland, Cici Maitland, Richard Pérez Seves

Shirley Maitland, Richard Pérez Seves

Until Next Week!

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