Avra Bennett – To Ride A Cock Horse

Avra Bennett sat astride a beautiful white horse from the pages of Kamera No.40 (1962). Avra appeared in Solo No.18, Kamera No.33, No.34, No.37, No.40, No.52 & No.66. She also appeared in the early glamour films ‘The Strip’ (Part 1 ) and ‘The Strip’ (Part 2), ‘After the Show’ and ‘Models Mechanics’ with Paula Page. She also appears in an outdoor set of photo’s with Paula, of which a couple appear in Kamera No.40.

The title is a reference to the nursery rhyme “Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross”, which also happens to be my home town.  The full rhyme (should you care) is:

Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross,
To see a fine lady upon a white horse;
With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
And she shall have music wherever she goes.


Jackie Parker – Kamera No.40

I’ve been staring at this images for weeks (apart from the obvious reasons to stare!) as the model looked so familiar, but I couldn’t put a name to the face and figure! Then yesterday whilst editing the Lorraine Burnett and JP set it came to me … It’s Jackie Parker!  

Now I’ve seen several sets where she has posed with Lorraine Burnett, but I didn’t know until now that she had actually posed for GHM and appeared in Kamera?  This is one of two shots of her that appear in Kamera No.40 (1962), but did she appear in any others? I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that she posed for GHM, as the models of that time seemed to have done the rounds with all the popular photographers.  What does surprise me is that there is no reference to her as modelling for GHM, but if these are the only two images he published then like me she may have been missed!