The Rare Digests #2 Spanking Skirt Chin Music and the Tale of the Magic Dress
The second in my series called "The Rare Digests"
I like this early (and primitive) soft-core digest from the 1950s so much, I cribbed an image from it and am making it available as a print! (SEE HERE) Your misogynistic friends will be impressed, and the scan worked so well you can go to poster size if you like.
One person described the image as "chin music" which is about as hard boiled as you can get. "How about some chin music, dollface?"
"Spanking Skirt" is a hopelessly obscure digest produced on the West coast which shows the East coast had no monopoly on perverted handmade product. Times have changed...today Beyonce and Lady Gaga have more graphic and dicey imagery in the Telephone video, and I only watched the censored version!
It is quite a novel...some fevered fetishist who doesn't change his typewriter ribbon often enough tells the story of "THE SPANKING SKIRT"...an invention of clothing so powerful and perfect it forces every person who sees it to whack the wearer in the behind! Hollywood? Come calling...there is no copyright and I'll be happy to present a one paragraph presentation with my agent and lawyer present.
Actually, the artist, who is anonymous and deservedly so, worked in a charming and naive manner both in his writing and his art. I have another, later example of his work in an attempted periodical titled "Man in Command" so you can see where his proclivities lay, and we can all hope they stay there. The later volume came from Hollywood, or so the return address claims. This volume, however, has NO address, NO author, NO publisher, NO copyright and NO class actually...but it is a great read and funny as hell in addition to being somewhat charming.
The story covers the making of the dress, girl fights over who gets to wear it and more. The owner of the dress becomes so popular, a theater is set up just to present the perfect dress for spanking. A red carpet is set up to allow "Government officials, prominent musicians, famed domestic courtesans and playboys, gang world leaders and civic stalwarts" to march past the cameras as they enter the theater. Eventually the dress is auctioned off.
Creativity drips off every page, and I am not kidding. This is a minor masterpiece.
I am sure this rare book is self-published. How it was distributed is beyond me...but it certainly wasn't distributed too widely. Despite the somewhat, well..."unique personal vision" of the book, (it is hard to imagine both the audience and the author, but here it is) it has a charming, heartfelt and pathetic quality to it you find only in the naive.
As for content? Harmless. No swear words. No nudity. No violence, other than some slaps on the booty. It is an extraordinary example of something, but I am not quite sure of what.
"Spanking Skirt" No author or publisher, circa 1955. 96 pages plus wraps. 8 illustration within, two on cover. Collection Victor Minx
(NOTE: Now I know there is a thriving market for spanking images...as every time I post a cartoon from the 1950s with a woman being paddled, my hit rate soars...but If any of you take these images, please provide a credit and link? The fellow who drew them is certainly long gone, but I'm not...I'll share, but do me a square)