The International Order of Girl Watchers was a novelty item, but it was also one of the last laughing gasps of offensive sexism. It was, of course, not a real organization and there is no official membership roll. The product of Federal Premium Manufacturing Company of Chicago, the "club" seems to have operated from 1968 to 1971.
The I.O.G.W. employed an unusual distribution channel. Membership "cards" made of the new rip-free paper were sold through condom machines in gas stations. In some cases, unaware purchasers may have even thought they were getting a rubber! Same size, price and packaging. A bleary-eyed partner sent out late at night to procure prophylactic protection might come home with a useless novelty item rather than a license to poke.
Being unable to rip the card was part of the gag. The card was apparently made of Tyvek®, that plasticized Dupont™ produced untearable paper used in USPS Priority Mail packages. Whether one can recycle the material is in question. Dupont™sells a special Tyvek® recycling kit.
The packet promised an automatic pick-up and techniques for successful body snatching. Genuine guaranteed groovy action.
The temporary membership card shown here was but a starter kit. Also available was a plastic laminated permanent version with actual photographs and a free "wandering eye" window decal for your automobile or boat!
"GET A SMILE FOR YOUR STARE INSTEAD OF A GLARE!"
Federal Premium also sold a series of racist "Confucius say" comic poker chips and miniature pistols.
Don't forget to return the restroom key.
International Order of Girl Watchers "card" collection Victor Minx
Bizarre illustration by John Duillo for Man's Daring September 1965. Mr. Duillo was born in 1928 and passed away in 2003. The Smithsonian holds three lithographs by the artist in their collection, but unfortunately they are of Christopher Columbus, the man who "discovered" the "New World" though people had been living there for 14,000 years. He brought cats and numerous diseases along with him. I think the Smithsonian should purge the Columbus prints, and put the "FASTER...FASTER"surfing whip-wielders in the collection instead. Mr. Duillo DOES have numerous works "in embassies around the world" according to his official (I guess) biography on the Ask Art website. They also omit the surfboard dominatrixes.
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This installment needs no text, as the pulpy pulps do it for us, but if you are interested in the genre, the essential book in the field was published in a glorious edition of 3,000 copies in 2006. Cyanide and Sin: Visualizing Crime in 50s America by Will Straw. The book is a KILLER. As for the issues above, all were cribbed from a typical day on eBay. MY favorite Newstand!
Bilbrew, as ENEG, drew dozens of these cheap fetish stories sold through Peerless Press and possibly for Candor Press, both operating out of the lower Broadway section of Manhattan. Eric Stanton drew for the houses as well, as did some lesser known (and lesser talented) They were done in the 1960s and into the 1970s. Some were one sheets folded, others came on card stock in sequence. Cheap product. One set had a Bilbrew cover, but a far less talented artist did the remaining pages. Low Quality from lower Broadway.
Lady Bountiful By ENEG (Eugene Bilbrew) Numbr 188. circ1960-1970 Collection Victor Minx
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