Well it is December and time for the ramp up of all things Christmas related, unless you are one of those sad individuals that’s already had their Xmas decorations up for weeks! A slow ramp up here with the odd related image such as this beauty. An unknown model posing with Santa mask and a rather large candy cane from the 1950’s and I wouldn’t mind finding her under my tree Christmas morning!
The cover of the first edition of In Focus edited by Harrison Marks. In the heady days following the highly successful launch of Kamera, it seemed that the market for Harrison Marks’ publications was insatiable. ‘In Focus’ was another Kamera style pocketbook that Kamera Publications launched in 1957. The highest issue number that I have come across to date is No.21 If this is the last issue, then the publication was last printed in 1964.
No idea who the cover model is unless anyone can enlighten me? Thanks to Paul from Firebird Records for this copy and others of In Focus 🙂
The cover of light and shade No.12 from the 1960’s featuring the stunning figure of an unknown beauty in gold. I’ve also included a shot of the same model from the pages within with both shots showing her as a reflection in a mirror. Both shots show off her fabulous figure and curves, but can anyone identify her?
An original shot of an unknown model taken by Harrison Marks in the studio showing off her fabulous body. I love the smoothness of her body and the way the light reflects off it showing all the bumps and curves of her slender body. At first I thought this was Marina Jones, but I’m not so sure as she tended to have a natural pussy rather than the shaven look here, plus there is a model that looks very similar to her in body shape and tits size, so think this is her?
I love it when I come across some vintage glamour shots in my collection and I can trace them back to where they were published or other such details. Such is the case of the bushy ebony beauty above, as I have a collection of original images of her and several other natural beauties from the 1960’s. I have about 10-15 sets of models all of which I believed where from France or Europe due to the uncensored nature and style of the shots and I recognised several of the shots, so started digging through my archive.
To my delight some of them seem to have been published across two very similar publications in the 60’s that some of you may know with the titles ‘Cover Girl’ and ‘Exciting’. These were published by Nordisk Bladcentral, Copenhagen and distributed by Sangko-Norden, so I wasn’t far wrong with location and both magazines followed a very similar format. They both featured colour covers and back pages of a featured model, as well as a colour centrefold, the rest were black and white shots, but sometimes with a single coloured border or bi-coloured. All of the models had one thing in common, they were nearly all natural and showing off their thick bushy curls, as above as an example. I even have several copies of both publications in my own collection and you can see the cover and back page of Cover Girl No.12 featuring the same model below.
Now for the tenuous Harrison Marks link as not only did Nordisk Bladcentral publish these two magazines in the 1960’s, but several others as well including titles such as as Play-Girl, Bazaar, Lotus, Charme, Nouvelle Serie De Revue and Nouvelle Serie De Studio. Nearly all featured re-prints of Harrison Marks work from Kamera and his other publications and feature all the familiar models we know and love, with one slight difference. All of his images have had pussy hair brushed back into the shots, even on the likes of June Palmer, when we know she was clean shaven until late in her career. So from the look of the images I have and the content of these magazines the Europeans back then sure loved their women to have a full natural look 😉
So there you have it more of my collection traced back to point of publication, which for me always has a feeling of satisfaction. The only missing pieces of the puzzle are the model name and photographer? Finally, if anyone has any copies of Cover Girl or Exciting out there I’d love copies to see if I have any other models in my collection that also appeared within the pages of these magazines? Very doubtful I know, as they seem to be rather rare and hard to find out there. 🙂
Another shot from the collection of original Philip Gotlop prints sent over by Paul from Firebird Records, in the shapely form of Sylvana Manto (Madelaine Bannister). A stunning shot by Philip as she kneels on a stool leaning slightly forward towards the camera. Such a classic beauty captured perfectly 🙂
The final post for ‘Black Friday’ and this is a scan of an original negative by Harrison Marks of an unknown model. Taken in the studio I love the way the light from the left highlights the face and upper body of this dark beauty. At first I thought she was leaning on one arm to get into this pose, but a further negative from this set suggests that she was leaning over as someone held her arm out of shot. Either way it’s a rather unique angle, but captures her body perfectly especially the light cascading over her dark body and those rather big nipples!
A fabulous set of restored colour prints featuring Brenda Denaut and various model friends. The unique thing about these is that they are individual shots from 8 different sets of 8 prints, but all taken at the same time, by the same photographer and same location. They all feature the blue sofa or chair, along with the cityscape wallpaper in the background and of course the models. That must have been some day for the photographer to have this lot all in one place posing like that!
Brenda seems to be the bustier of the models with her tan lined tits hanging down in one shot, with the others on the perkier side! I love Brenda, but if I’m honest I prefer the strawberry blonde (who I’ve posted here) and the dark haired beauty posing on the chair. No idea who the models are other than Brenda, unless anyone can shed some light on whom they are? Some fabulous colour photo sets and I promise I will get round to posting the full sets rather than individual shots!
Thanks again to John from Oxxbridge Galleries for all these fabulous sets and he’s currently selling the originals over on his site if anyone is interested?