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Webcam Girl Annabelle Baxter Secrets of a Webcam Girl Vintage Sleaze Contemporary # 27 in the Series



The first writer in the Contemporary Vintage Sleaze series!  The written word is just as important to smut as a picture, though guys only look at the visuals.  Ask Hef.  Straight to the centerfold as soon as they get home.

Well, I read and just finished the book Secrets of a Webcam Girl written by Annabelle Baxter (pseudonym) who has graciously agreed to participate in the contemporary corner of vintage sleaze thus becoming number 27 in the CONTEMPORARY VINTAGE SLEAZE SERIES.  Thanks Annabelle!

Honest, direct and funny, Secrets of a Webcam Girl is a frank confessional without guilt by one of the thousands of working women who choose to participate in the sex industry.  Being more reporter than judge, I fear not recommending the book…particularly as it is most entertaining and describes a field so widely practiced yet so widely condemned…and one I suspect is condemned by those with far more familiarity with it than they would care to admit.  Be it of need, choice or desperation, women have been catering to the anonymous desires of men in return for compensation since day one, but seldom do any of them take the time to record their encounters like Ms. Baxter.  


Indeed, she tells me "often after a session, I couldn't wait to get to my computer to rewrite the story while it was fresh in my mind" and that freshness makes the book interesting, even at times fascinating. Field work reporting direct from the front!  In that, Annabelle may be the exception among those in her profession, who traditionally do NOT kiss and tell.  (Annabelle doesn't kiss either…one of her rules.)
  

Annabelle Baxter was, and is, a cam-girl quickly turned erotic masseuse who safely and firmly draws a line like a germaphobe.  She has limits and sticks to them, and that limit keeps what she does a tiny shade closer to legal. But more than that she is a bright young graduate-degree holding writer with considerable skill and discipline.  One wonders how many sex workers have a Master's degree in a scientific field, and she has also produced dozens of articles for journals and textbooks.  Like all writers, however, even those with advanced degrees, the income is small.  She found a way to supplement that income in a pseudo, quasi, not-quite legal public service field which requires a bit of subterfuge but hurts no one.  

The most interesting parts of the book (though it does, as one would hope, titillate and arouse like erotic fiction) are the machinations involved in posting ads, setting up meetings, performing background checks and arranging safe locations.  The book is clearly literature more than a "how-to" but the reader soon realizes every dollar is earned with the same procedural attention required in a legit job, and like any business even an "independent" is worried about customer service, repeat customers and positive feedback. Bob Dylan said  "to live outside the law one must be honest" a truism Annabelle takes to heart.

The author likes men, a trait which may or may not be shared by her co-workers.  How she breaks the news of each step further deeper into the trade reluctantly to her patient but hapless beau is hilarious, as are her attempts to practice her talents under the (blue) noses of licensed practitioners offering "hot rock" and "deep tissue" massage.

I read the book on kindle without a picture of the writer, but one WAS forthcoming.  The above charming portrait of a most attractive young woman who would appear more comfortable sitting near an ice rink than performing unlicensed physical therapy.  But WAY cute…a bonus! 
 

The book is available on Kindle, and while over 300 pages, it costs less than a penny a page.  Annabelle?  Maybe you should raise your rates.

The author also writes short erotic novels based, one suspects, on her own experiences.  They too are affordable kindle reads, and from the descriptions would surely appeal to adventurous readers of either gender…something only a tricky erotic writer can "pull off."  The erotic fiction field may be getting cluttered, as self-publishing is now a platform available to all, but Anabelle Baxter has the credentials most lack, not to mention the proven sense of humor evident in Secrets of a Webcam Girl.
 

She has recently signed a contract with Skyhorse publishing with a release date of Spring 2013.  Until then, check out both ebook and hardcover publications by Annabelle Baxter HERE and HERE.
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Rare Bettie Page of the Week

Rare Bettie Page of the Week is Dominant Damsels Issue No. 1
No Date circa 1958 Collection Victor Minx
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NEW DISCOVERY on Early Irving Klaw Model Lili Dawn

  
 
GREAT stuff from a fan and a relative of Lili Dawn!  Frank Henderson was kind enough to share this material.  Original source material is hard to come buy on the dames who worked with Irving Klaw, but Frank was lucky enough to have had an uncle married to Lili. Lili Dawn was the first bondage model he hired it seems.  Lili Dawn AKA Lili Der Mar…and guys.  Trust me.  She could kick ass.

My first post HERE scratched the surface,  but fortunately, as often happen here, a relative got in touch.  I live for those emails.  If anyone else has pictures of their relatives, send them along.  


Frank also provides a real "lili" name, MARIE DIVERSI.  Lili was married to his uncle before he was born!  Oh yea?  Can PROOVE it?  Yep! Another tidbit Frank sent!

 
I will again post the Klaw image in which you can Frank's lost Aunt could kick my ass even from a bathtub.



Thanks Frank!



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Tribute to Gershon Legman Who? Yes. Gershon Legman Vintage Sleaze



More people might know about George Alexander Legman if he hadn't been forced to leave puritanical America in 1953.  Who is Legman?

He invented the Vibrator.  He created the slogan "MAKE LOVE, NOT WAR!"  He was Alfred Kinsey's book buyer.

Gershon also published the first significant work to question why we think violence is OK, particularly that directed at women…but that sexual freedom is not.  You will not hear Legman's name come up in the campaign this year, or any year I guess…Violence toward women being pretty common, but Legman's name hardly rolling off our tongues.  Why?  Maybe because the US Postal Service thought the book, which he was not able to find a publisher for so he did it himself, was indecent, vulgar and obscene.  Legman was run out of the country for writing a book about violence towards women.      

No excuses folks…Gershon Legman should have been ON a US postage stamp a decade ago, not arrested by them…but no.  "Make Love, Not War" being somewhat out of vogue in a country with our defense budget after all.

His death in 1999 went unnoticed while we were all paying attention to the acquittal of Bill Clinton for doing something which was none of our business.  Our national obsession with what happens with the door closed drove the man who wrote about it to France.  A "crime" done nearly as often as speeding.

Are you ashamed you didn't know who George "Gershon" Legman was?  I was years ago, and set out to correct my lack of knowledge, and my life has been much richer for it.  This country, for all it's supposed "freedom" has a pretty bad track record when it comes to appreciating those who use it, and even more for those who think out loud or put any well-researched thoughts on paper.

Legman is best known for his "Rationale of the Dirty Joke: An analysis of Sexual Humor"  but "known" is a misnomer.  He is unknown.

What phrase comes up often when searching Gershon Legman?  OUT OF PRINT.  There are a few sparse entries, including a book with the title "Oragentitalism" which seldom comes up in conversation, but then "suck my XXX" is probably uttered more often per day in this country than, oh…I dunno…"excuse me, but I think I had the right of way."  

When Legman published the book, nearly every copy was confiscated by authorities, many of whom had committed the crime and just as many more wished they had.

Most accounts call Legman a "folklorist" as though his contributions have more to do with recordings of banjo players back in the hills than relevance to our daily lives.  Can you say hypocrisy?

"Gershon?  Be a kind fellow and get me a few hundred different Tijuana bibles, will you?" 

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Forty Plus Leonard Burtman Capitalizes on Big Casabas Vintage Sleaze The Rare Digests #34





Leonard Burtman Forty Plus Vintage Sleaze The Rare Digests #34

Leaving no exploitable fetish unexploited, Lenny Burtman's grab for the big casaba market was Forty Plus.  I once saw a magazine titled FIFTY plus, but it was an AARP thing.  Lenny's title ran a good long while, as a digest, of course, but later, I guess, incorporated into mobster Reuben Sturman's stable as a full size slick.  The original had an Eric Stanton logo of a sweater girl pushing the boundaries of a tape measure.  She looks better than nearly all of the models, I am afraid…but although Burtman filled the inside front cover with "art study" claptrap, it was all about what was in the sweater, not the face above the sweater…so we can forgive him if a few of what has unflatteringly come to be known as "butta-faces" appeared in the pages.  (Or their chins anyway…this magazine for some reason had plenty of photos shooting up towards the chest rather than down from the eyes.) 

Once Sturman took it over, he replaced the Stanton drawing with one by Bill Ward, an obvious choice.  Actually, there were probably lots of Forty Plus titles, and if I am not mistaken one still exists, but if so it is certainly limping along, the market for crud like this having become as extinct  as a double D dodo bird.  Now we have  the internet…even a genius like Burtman couldn't figure out how to make the printed page sway in unison.
Forty Plus (complicated by the title 40+ for those of you searching eBay to find these so you can steal the images and sell them by pseudo-legal, collectable-market "BUSTing" digital download) ran for quite a while.   

As you can see, Burtman put no price on the cover.  As long as a shopkeeper took the risk buying what was in the car trunk, he was free to charge as much as he thought he could get away with.  Lenny got his, the owner got his, there was enough for the beat cop who stopped in once a week for his take…and everyone was happy.

I don't think anyone has yet published a complete list of the titles, of which there were many.  I have a few circulars for mail-order showing them, but why should I make it easy for the bootleggers?


Forty-Plus Issue Number 10  Selbee Associates 1964  Collection Victor Minx




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Rare Bettie Page and the Camera Club Girls Book




Reminder the book CAMERA CLUB GIRLS : BETTIE PAGE, HER FRIENDS AND THE WORK OF RUDOLPH ROSSI is available as a $5.99 download for iPad.  Over 100 previously unpublished photographs of Camera Club Models in 1950s Manhattan, including Bettie Page (and the famous outdoor outings) over 100 pages.  Available from Blurb.com HERE

Purr with Pagan Pleasure TOMCAT Magazine 1958

Grrr.

Tomcat Magazine August 1958 Collection Victor Minx
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Undercover Brassiere Margaret Pimm and her Wired Bra Catches Stag Film Producer Vintage Sleaze


Margaret Pimm was approached by amateur photographer Anthony Wright in a Toronto department store in August 1965 and asked if she would pose for him in an indecent motion picture.  Ms. Pimm feigned interest, and then went straight to the Toronto police.   She agreed to wear a wire and go undercover for the Canuck cops, who fitted her brassiere with a small transmitter.  Pimm went to Wright's home, where he had set up movie equipment in the shower to make a stag film of Ms. Pimm dancing.  Sneaking away briefly, Pimm whispered the code word "cardigan" into her bra and police arrested the suspect.

The true story is reported by the Calgary Herald in November 1, 1966 under the headline "Bugged Bra Tips Police to Stag Film"



The True Story of Bubbles Darlene Sheri Darlene and Virginia Lachimia Vintage Sleaze




"Bubbles Darlene" was an exotic dancer, though she described herself once to Nashville police as a "strip teaser."  Bubbles had the real name of Virginia Lachimia and was a busty platinum blond with considerable talents originally from Minneapolis.  She studied as a ballet dancer, but found burlesque paid more.   In 1955, while performing her act, someone broke into her hotel room and swiped her entire suitcase of risque photographs "including some nudes taken in Cuba" and she was forced to take out a classified ad in the local newspaper offering $500  for their safe return.  She was out of luck… they were never found.  Bubbles even claimed once to have danced with a 22 piece orchestra in Cuba, and who would doubt this woman?   

She was also arrested in Cuba for walking around Havana in a see-through raincoat, a stunt widely reported, including  the two page spread in "Peep Show" magazine which called her the "Doll with the Most Dimples" in 1956.  They also reported her measurements, so I'm going to guess dimples were less of her act than other parts of her anatomy.

Here is a picture of Dimples "clinging to some Cuban lace" from Peep Show.  Can you imagine the stories a stripper in pre-Castro Cuba could share? 
The book here in red, a bogus "art study" was confiscated from a bookstore owner in 1957 and while he was charged with other titles, the jury let him walk on the Bubbles book. (True)

IN response to one of those tired "best dressed women" puff pieces, Damon Runyun, Jr. once named her one of the "ten best undressed women of America" although she kept on a "fifty dollar g-string" covered in rhinestones.  Her first professional name was Sheri Darlene, but it wasn't long before Harold Minskly dubbed her Bubbles.  At some gigs in Miami, a bubble machine was put in front of the joint she was working to attract business.
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Burmel Catalog of Theatrical and Masquerade Material THE RARE DIGEST SERIES #33 Vintage Sleaze



This entry in The Rare Digests Series #33  is actually a catalog, but since Lenny Burtman and his partner Ben Himmel intended it to be sold as published smut as much as offering any legitimate product, we can add it to the series.

Adorned with an Eric Stanton drawing on the cover (she left off one of the boots, not an easy thing to forget as it almost reaches her hips) while inside Lenny's regular stable of models display the handmade leather goods.  Even more interesting are the "fashion" drawings by Stanton's buddy Gene Bilbrew.  The clothing was certainly not stocked on racks behind a clerk…any orders, if there WERE any, were more to reach potential magazine customers than sell them garb, and I suspect virtually none were made. There is no order blank.  This was not mailed out like a circular, it was purchased either by mail or as likely from a Times Square bookshop.

As with most of Lenny's EARLY publications, there was no nudity.  The model on the reverse even has crude brassiere drawn over her chest...whips apparently being legal but breasts not.

The fashion catalogs continued after Lenny got in some trouble, but under new ownership and the company name of Kaysey. 


Burmel Publishing Company Catalog C-4  New York  16 pages  No Date (circa 1955-1960) Collection Victor Minx

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Toni Dawn of Orlando Best Stripper Name Ever vintage sleaze


Toni Dawn of Orlando!  Introducing the new site TRUE BURLESQUE with the best stripper name EVER!  You can't make this stuff up, but you CAN pay the two-drink minimum, Mac.
 
I hate to bring up Labor day, as the end of summer is a drag, but there is ONE good thing about it.  The Labor Day Telethon!  I usually stay up all night mesmerized.  Certainly, the show has been left in apt hands with affable humanitarian Tony Orlando, formerly of Tony Orlando and Dawn.  But did Tony know he had an imposter running around shedding her clothes under his name? 

I give you TONI DAWN of ORLANDO Florida! 

Mr Orlando could certainly have sued the woman, though I find no evidence that he did.  I wonder if she stripped down to a tied yellow ribbon?


Original Newspaper advertisement for Toni Dawn (No Date, circa 1965?)  Collection Victor Minx

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Marty Winters Certified 2 Satisfy Contemporary Vintage Sleaze the Series #26

"Busty Butterscotch Beauty" by Marty Winters

"I Do It ALL Baby" by Marty Winters Private Collection
"Very Busty & Voluptuous" by Marty Winters Private Collection
"I Know You Want Me" by Marty Winters

"Certified 2 Satisfy" by Marty Winters Private Collection

Marty Winters found inspiration in an unlikely place, and he brought his skills with him.  There are two "oldest professions" that I know of.  One is the one you think correctly is portrayed here.  The other oldest profession are the fellows who painted on walls in caves.  Marty combines both ancient endeavors in an entirely new way, and how many new ideas are left?

I love this work, and what better contribution to the contemporary "wing" of the vintage sleaze museum than Mr. Winters splendid portraits of internet escorts? 

Working women in a hard profession, and one brought to life in bright vivid colors which belie the drudgery, danger and despair usually inherent in their work.  An artist has to see as well as render, and with his extraordinary portraits of, let's face it, hookers…Winters not only follows a tradition which goes back to Toulouse Lautrec and the Storyville portraits of E. J. Bellocq, he brings it right up to the digital age by using the self-posted photographic ballyhoo employed as eye-candy for lonely men as inspiration.  Colorful Craig's list come-ons.  

Who else painted prostitutes?  No less than Cezanne, Degas and Renoir. 

Marty is influenced by John Singer Sargent and Gil Elvgren, but these are not Edwardian portraits or glamorous pin up paintings…Winters takes what are originally cheap and dirty settings, clumsy cellphone self-portraits in mirrors,  and "adds value" with his eye and hand.  White gallery walls replace rooms where the rent is due and life is hard.  Through his work, Winters not only documents the women, he lauds them by adding pathos and artful humanity…not as much tribute as simple recognition…and these are women working in a field with little of both.

He allows these anonymous virtual sitters to participate by using the very captions the "performers" use to advertise their assets.  Anonymous women unaware they are being painted, and while they have been repurposed, they participate in the process with their own highlighted skills, needs and body parts enhanced which they have already chosen to market with.  There is no irony or judgement.  If a woman claims "Hot Curves That Won't Stop" so be it.
"Hot Curves That Won't Stop" by Marty Winters


"36DDDs And Natural" by Marty Winters collection Jim Linderman


"Busty Knock Out - Let's Party!" by Marty Winters
Mr. Winters is a Detroit based artist with a BFA from Western Michigan University who has worked with the figure a long time. He has also painted signs in his career, quite remarkably in fact,  and for years had a regular feature in Goldmine Magazine doing caricatures of prominent musicians called "Five Star Records" which you can see examples of HERE.  Installation views of his recent show "Certified 2 Satisfy" at the Funhouse Gallery are HERE.  He shows at several Detroit area galleries regularly, and also participates in the Dirty Show which has become a Michigan institution.

The artist's Website is HERE where his affordable paintings are available.  In full disclosure I own two shown.  Many are barely larger than postcards…but we need not enter the "does size matter" controversy. 


"Sweet Young Ebony" by Marty Winters Collection Jim Linderman
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RARE BUXOM FIGURE (aka Linda West) Vintage Sleaze "ART" Study





Large Breasted "figure study model" and stripper rates only a "RARE BUXOM FIGURE" credit on the title of this sleazy "study in photography."  When then say "BIG" edition, they are right.  She was on the cover of several of these fake art study digests, as you can see, but the art usually emphasized only the art of anatomy.  A big girl.  I would love to show more pictures, but for some reason every single "art" photograph of her is primarily of her casabas.

Born in 1930, Linda fits squarely (or roundly) in the middle of the "glamour" days of smut.  A mere 5 foot 3, she lugged around more curves than Lombard Street in San Francisco. A big
46-26-37.  Her pin up would require a nail. 

Linda made a "more than a handful" of stag films and was a regular on the back pages of men's magazines in advertisements for stag films.  For some reason, her ads caught the eye.  You will still find Linda being sold on grody websites repackaging the films.

Linda West is a common name, so if you would like to see more 50 year old photographs, but read absolutely nothing about the women, add any vernacular expression for chest.  You'll find more photos than you need.

Focus on Focus ! Leonard Burtman Selbee Focus Magazine Vintage Sleaze

Lenny Burtman produced at least seven issues of "Focus…" the first which is, of course, Bettie Page and a landmark of publishing sleaze!  I have seen questionable digital downloads available, but the actual artifact is a hundred dollars and up, one having sold for nearly $500.  Even though the photographs Irving Klaw took of Ms. Page are far better known, Burtman's photos were hotter.  The actual shots were taken either by Lenny or Sam Menning, I believe.  Bettie is of course lovely, but I like the Eric Stanton cartoons of her better, in which the model, tired of her dark looks, tries to go red to no avail.  By 1963 Bettie was famous enough to be satirized in a comic strip, even though she had left the business.  Focus on Bettie Page came out in 1963, unfortunately long after the model was able to profit from her photographs, but Lenny sure could…and did.  He also took time to point out Ms. Page's shoe size (of course) along with a full page layout of her shoes.
 Second was Focus on London After Dark, which featured the story of a generic British sex scandal.  Lenny had been doing business with the Brits…swapping photos, and apparently even picking up the fetish magazine Fads and Fancies, taking it over and publishing it himself.  Still, after the bombshell Bettie issue, this one is little more exciting than a soggy bag of fish and chips.  He had also once been arrested for importing photos from England.

Third was Focus on Strip Tease around the world, which makes sense as if Lenny could get cheap photos of virtually the only people doing nude back then, that being waning burlesquers…he would use them.  By 1964 "real" magazines from the newsstands were doing this type of thing better, and while he hardly had the distribution of the big guys (Burtman's stuff was still for the most part "under the counter" that helps make the magazines more fun and more scarce today.) 

Four was Focus on the Cinema (or Sin-ema) in 1964 and was as much an excuse to promote his failed film "Satan in High Heels" as anything else.   Probably the most interesting of the lot, but only for the documentation of early nudies at a time when films were changing from cheap stags to cheap porn which was aimed at the theater rather than a dormitory wall.

Six was Focus on Las Vegas in 1965.  Again, loads of stage babes, many of them in elaborate goofy costumes so they could qualify as "show girls" rather than strippers.

Seven was Focus on Girls Around the World.  By this time the magazine was starting to lose that distinctive Burtman look, and I believe this was the last issue.  When Health Knowledge took over Burtman's publishing, I think Lenny lost a little interest.


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Burton Armstrong Forgotten Primitive Cheesecake Postcards


Burton B. Armstrong (1895-1975) was a fairly prolific but now long forgotten "Glamour Girl" artist who drew a series of colorful and primitive pin ups for the Colourpicture postcard company.

Burton was far more interesting than most risqué postcard girlie artists because he was barely a step above a primitive.  Halfway between cartoon and accomplished.  His dames are curvy in form but flat in perspective…thus charming like a folk art painting.  Not at all painterly, and that makes them far more fun to look at than those guys who did Coke ads at Christmas.  Barely adequate representations of hot 1940s babes on the beach, but not too fancy or frilly.  Most importantly, not too "good" and you know I hate those "good" cheesecake artists.

Burton Armstrong also worked for Esquire and Sears Roebuck, and once in a while his paintings come on the market, but since we at Vintage Sleaze think masterpieces should be affordable to the general population, these nickel postcards are perfect.  As we shown on this page from a salesman sample catalog from manufacturer, Burton was given his whole line of postcards.

Burton Armstrong page from Colourpicture Publishers, Inc.  Boston MA  1946 Collection Victor Minx

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