The Rare Digests #31 hears no evil, speaks no evil and sees no evil. It will also likely be the post which puts Vintage Sleaze over 50,000 followers on Facebook, a staggering number due I am sure to my writing ability, not the dames.
But off my soapbox and on to the digest! One of the Exotique offshoots which trickled out of Lenny Burtman's studio after the demise of the regular publication, and one which has some of the most striking photographs. Slick! Each photo is a potential poster for perversion.
Tana Louise, the second most famous fetish model in history rules, of course, and there are a few equally striking photographs of Bettie Page within...but the real hero is, as always, Lenny's decor and drapes. Didn't these tough girls ever get tired of his dump? "Lenny, we've virtually invented an entire fashion motif and lifestyle choice...can't we get some new drapes?"
In one photo, Tana goes medieval on the cameraman while wielding a miniature spiked ball and chain! Maybe it came from a Coney Island carnival booth, as I have never seen one so small. Is it a flail...or charm bracelet?
In another, Tana wears a leather beret and rests her hand on early adopter Lenny's TV set along with a bull and bull-fighter china collectible.
One day I'll do a post which will really give Tana her due. She deserves it.
There is one ringer in the book who appears to be a guy...and several reminders the Lenny invented the "model peers through a pair of boots" motif.
THIS IS NUMBER THIRTY ONE IN THE SERIES 'THE RARE DIGESTS' Small essays on hopelessly obscure and scarce soft-core publications of the 1950s. Enjoy them All!