Sunday, February 9, 2014
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Thursday, October 3, 2013
Detail from a drawing by Joe Shuster of Superman fame used in "Education in Submission" by Ray Thorn. No date in publication (circa 1954?) "Privately Printed" likely by Edward Mishkin New York.
Friday, July 12, 2013
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Eric Stanton Cover illustration on a bootlegged copy of Vacation in Fetterland Nutrix Publication (Imprint "Bizarre Book Club Hollywood, California) No Date (circa mid 1960s)
Collection Victor Minx
Collection Victor Minx
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
PRAISE Anita Ventura, the streaked-hair model with the most beautiful breasts in history. Questionable? Nope. Anita Ventura. I need one too. We all need a Ventura, and now more than ever.
The only woman with the most beautiful breasts in history who was arrested in a topless batgirl costume. TWICE! Anita was courageous, unflinching, liberated and shameless in her curves. Anita was a pin up with the power to reach right out of the folded paper, grab you by the tie, pull you close and whisper "see anything you like, chump?" before dropping you into a pile of your own perspiration.
Anita's figure made Bettie Page look like a victim. Anita made Tura Santana look like she needed a good meal…and Dita Von Teese? Please.
Anita looked incredible in clam-diggers, but in a corset? Life was worth living until your time was up and you brought the memory of her to St. Peter for a free pass.
One of Leonard Burtman's favorite models. She would delight in wearing, or NOT wearing…anything. Fortunately, God perfected color film during Anita's career. If your shaking hands could thread the developing can sprockets, one would stay in the darkroom all day. When emerging, your fingers wrinkled by a chemical bath and nasal passages burned by acid fumes, you would believe alchemy came with a 24 karat swatch of hair.
God made women, but he kept practicing. Anita Ventura resulted. Five-foot 8inches of power, and when she became engaged to "Tun Tun" the great Mexican dancer (who was only Three-foot 9 inches tall) no one even noticed him. All eyes on Anita, a full two feet taller than Tun Tun and twice as fun.
Anita would bathe in a bikini in the pool on Park Avenue just because she could. Once at a POLICEMAN'S BALL a burglar snuck in the dressing room and stole Anita's lace panties.
Anita performed a belly dance under the slogan "SEX SATIONAL DANCE OF THE DRUMS" but no one heard them. The percussion was on Anita. Star of the films Teenie Tulip and Orgy at Lil's Place.
EXCERPT FROM THE FORTHCOMING BOOK TIMES SQUARE SMUT © by Jim Linderman All rights reserved.
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Irving Klaw poses Bettie Page in one of his lesser known images. Klaw would fill "special requests" at his studio, and allow the paying customer to watch the photo session take place. It is estimated after the Senate (and other organizations) stopped his mail-order business, Klaw burned up to 80 percent of the original negatives.
Monday, December 31, 2012
If there is a heart to this book, it is in the digest-sized books which grace the first 100 pages. Artist Eugene Bilbrew has been long recognized as a quirky talent in the fetish underground, and a good many of the books here were illustrated with his peculiar talents. Others have their covers done by Eric Stanton, another illustrator capable of extraordinary odd and erotic drawings. Printed in editions of a thousand or so at a time, the books were mostly carried by hand to Times Square Bookshops where they were generally shrink-wrapped and sold at prices ten times more than regular paperback books. They were produced at a time when smut was for the first time becoming truly profitable, or at least that was the intention of the folks involved. (And the primary folk involved was Edward Mishkin, a minor level mobster living in White Plains, New York who owned some of the bookshops which sold his wares.) Also publishing early Bilbrew illustrations were Leonard Burtman and Irving Klaw, both operating mail-order houses.
A good share of the books illustrated here for the first time were confiscated by authorities and became evidence in obscenity trials of the era. Scarce to begin with, this makes them even harder to find today. Like early recordings made by Delta blues artists in the 1920s and 1930s, it is not surprising that some of these books may exist in fewer than a handful of copies today, and not only are they being shown here for the first time in over 50 years, many of them may exist in only one copy. It is hard to comprehend their scarcity.
Is anyone collecting Eddie Mishkin's sleazy early pornography digests? Leonard Butman's early fetish digests from the 1950s? Well, the author has and does...the collection is shown in TIMES SQUARE SMUT. While browsing, you will see passages of text which tell a curious tale indeed, as the principles here were not only gifted in under-appreciated ways, they were living on the edge of legality, which makes them pretty interesting by nature of their day jobs alone...Imagine their night jobs! Despite true "soft-core" illustrations and even tamer text, at the time these were considered dicey indeed, and the authors and publishers (nearly always using pseudonyms) were hounded and grilled by the law and politicians. In fact, the mobster was forced to testify at the very same senate hearings which lead to the big crack-down on comic books.
Let us consider one more aspect of scarcity...if YOU came across one of these in Dad's trunk before the estate sale, what would you do with it? That's right, you would, and probably sheaved amongst the old National Geographic and Life magazines so the junkman wouldn't see it either. Add in the fact that they were so badly written they weren't worth saving anyway and you have a little reason to see any around today. Mishkin wasn't running a "lending library" and when you got home and tore the wrapper off, there would be nothing to do but suck it up and toss it out the window of your coupe in New Jersey. There was no resale market, few of the folks who ducked into Eddie's store had "trading friends" and not too many would leave a spine titled "Slave Mistress" or "Dominant Desires" on the shelf, even in the workshop downstairs.
This is the real stuff. You know...Hot. And there were many government forces who did not want you to have them.
TIMES SQUARE SMUT will be available in a Limited Edition Late 2012. It will contain hundreds of illustrations, many not seen since the 1950s, most from the Jim Linderman collection of fugitive and scarce soft-core literature.