Zee Zee Martine Bombshell Burlesque and Pioneer Publisher of Pitchbooks Vintage Sleaze
Published from St. Marks Place in the East Village in 1959, ground zero for hipsters from beatniks to hippies to punk rockers to suited Starbucks sippers who by comparison hardly matter, here are a few issues of amazing burlesque clip-art published by Zee Zee Martine!
Each a "Zee Zee" publication, the digests served as pitches for exotic dancers on the runway route. Zee Zee Martine was a bomb...a wicked beautiful dancer who had more than stuff to shake. How many women publishers can you name from 1959?
It is quite possible the auteur amazon also took some of the pictures, though a few photographers of the opposite gender were identified. Zee Zee enlisted the help of Evelyn West, AKA "The Hubba-Hubba Girl" as editor, and together the dancing dames profiled their women friends, took ads for lingerie and dished the dice on who was bouncing around where. Each some 50 pages.
They sold 4 x 5 photo sets, cribbed naughty cartoons from wherever and ran more pastie covered photos of their runway girlfriends than you can imagine. I suspect the girls were allowed to sell these in clubs, there was no subscription offer really...and as such they are for the most part lost. Relics from 50 years ago, when a dancer packed her costume in a trunk and hit the road.
Collection of Zee Zee Martine Pitch booklets (Flame, Fever, Wolf Bait and Blush) 1958 - 1959 Collection Jim Linderman
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