Girls! Girls! Girls! Ecdysiasts, Pinups, & Other Naked Ladies

 
October 14 – December 23, 2017
February Gallery @ Material Life
2521 Bayou Road, NOLA
@materiallife 

 

PINUPS

“Cheesecake” photos were a PG-13 version of the pinup girl—sexy but wholesome girl-next-door types. These images were often used for calendars, matchbooks, and other promotional items.

CALENDAR GIRLS

  1. The Skoot Inn Calendar, Kewanee, Illinois            
  2. “Fancy Number,” Mobilgas Calendar, Kingman, Arizona, 1942            
  3. “Miss Glamour,” 8 x 10 inches, offset lithographic print            
  4. “Ready for the Party,” 8 x 10 inches, offset lithographic print            
  5. Jo-Ann, 8 x 10 inches, offset lithographic print            
  6. “Fancy Number,” 8 x 10 inches, offset lithographic print

 

SIDESHOWS & SHOWGIRLS

An early venue in which dancers found an audience was the circus or fair sideshow, that slightly forbidden, non-main presentation that accompanied traveling and temporary exhibitions throughout the country. During the day, the women dancers would stand onstage in costume alongside carnival barkers, whose over-the-top calls helped entice a curious audience to lay down their money to get a closer look. The Bronze Revue and Hep Cats were two such presentations; these images show the popularity of black performers with white audiences. 

  1. Hep Cats, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches            
  2. Bronze Revue, 8½ x 11 inches, digital print from original Kodachrome             

Tampa, Florida, native Leon Claxton, Sr.’s “Harlem in Havana” Traveling Revue was a Black and Cuban midway musical featuring Afro Cuban music and dance. Labeled a “Jig Show” by the outdoor entertainment world and mainstream media, “Harlem in Havana” was the gem of the midway and the leading attraction on the Royal American Shows carnival exhibition for nearly four decades (1935 -1967). The spectacular show helped launch the careers of Chuck Berry, Merceditas Valdez, Rufus Thomas, and Fontella Bass, and played a major role in shaping American pop culture in the 1940s, 50s and 60s.  

  1. Guillermina “Mina” Averhoff and Dolores de Suzy “Susy” Serrano, Harlem in Havana revue , gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  2. Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana revue, gelatin silver print, 6 x 10 inches
  3. Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana revue advertisement            
  4. Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana revue, offset lithographic print, 7 x 9 inches                                                            
  5. Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana revue, offset lithographic print, 7 x 9 inches                                    
  6. Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana revue, offset lithographic print, 7 x 9 inches 

PINUPS

Cheesecake.

Pinups.

Artist Models

Back Wall

  1. Mia Coco, gelatin silver print, 10 x 8 inches            
  2. Martha Jordan by Louis Jordan, gelatin silver print mounted on scrapbook page, 10 x 8 inches            

Playboy Bunnies and Centerfolds

Zelda Wynn Valdez

Revered for her design talent and best known for her skill in highlighting the female body, African American fashion and costume designer Zelda Barbour Wynn Valdes’ curve-hugging creations were worn by Hollywood’s biggest starlets during the 1940s and 50s, including Joyce Bryant, Dorothy Dandridge, Josephine Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, and Mae West. Valdes’ role in glamorizing these women caught the attention of Playboy’s Hugh Hefner, who commissioned her to design the first-ever Playboy Bunny costumes. The low-cut, skin-tight, sexy outfits are an iconic symbol of seduction and allure, forever ingrained in pop culture.

  1. Mae Williams with camera by Walt Burton, November 24, 1965, gelatin silver contact print, 2¼ x 2¼ inches            
  2. Gerda Gabel in Playboy Bunny costume, Cincinnati, by Walt Burton, August 21, 1965, gelatin silver contact sheet, 10 x 8 inches
  3. Playboy Bunny in costume, Cincinnati, by Walt Burton, August 21, 1965, gelatin silver contact sheet, 10 x 8 inches
  1. Lorraine Carter, 1950s, 16 gelatin silver prints, 5 x 4 inches each, 16 x 20 inches overall            

Top Row

  1. Lorraine Carter, 1950s, gelatin silver print, 4 x 5 inches           
  2. Constance Alexander with record player, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches            
  3. Parthenia Allen and Gwen Jones, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches            
  4. Nude Model, gelatin silver contact sheet, 8 x 10 inches            
  5. Nichelle Nichols by Jeff Barker, Minneapolis, c. 1950s, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches             
  1. Pinups with upraised arms, 16 gelatin silver prints, 4 x 5 inches each, 16 x 20 inches overall            
  1. Betty Howard, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches            
  2. Joan, gelatin silver contact sheet, 8 x 10 inches            
  3. “Confessions of a Nude Model” by Marjorie Zinn, Tan magazine            

Middle Row

  1. Pinup standing in black stockings, gelatin silver print, 4 x 5 inches            
  1. Pinup glancing over shoulder, gelatin silver print, 4 x 5 inches            
  2. Pinup in white garter, gelatin silver print, 4 x 5 inches            
  3. Pinup in fancy hat and stockings, gelatin silver print, 4 x 5 inches            
  4. Pinup on sofa with legs up, gelatin silver print, 4 x 5 inches            
  5. Two Pinups on the floor, legs up, gelatin silver print, 4 x 5 inches            
  6. Pinup on sofa, gelatin silver print, 4 x 5 inches            
  1. Pinup in rolled stockings, gelatin silver print, 4 x 5 inches            
  2. Two Pinups with backs to camera gelatin silver print, 4 x 5 inches            
  3. Elinor winking, 1950s, gelatin silver print, 4 x 5 inches                                                                        
  4. Pinup with toile wallpaper, gelatin silver print, 4 x 5 inches            

Bottom Row

  1. Reclining model, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  2. Reclining model, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  3. Carol standing, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  4. Carol kneeling, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  5. Dorothy Mosly, gelatin silver contact sheet, 8 x 10 inches
  6. Pauline Deletin with camera, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  7. Pinup model, gelatin silver contact sheet, 8 x 10 inches
  8. Dottie Smith by Louis Jordan, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  9. Pinup in crochet shorts, c. 1960s, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches

 

 

SHOWGIRLS AND BURLESQUE PERFORMERS

Row 1

  1. Toni Elling by John E. Reed, Hollywood, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  2. Vera Francis by Albert Duval, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  3. Donna “Tonette” Young, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  4. Dancer by Mésans, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  5. Kathrine Dunham, 1960s, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  6. Ditty Boo, Burlesque Dancer, 1940s, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches

Row 2

  1. Josephine Baker, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  2. Burlesque dancer in long fringed skirt, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  3. Burlesque dancer in white coat, standing, 1950s, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  4. Burlesque dancer in white coat, sitting, 1950s, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  5. Zenobia Perkins, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  6. Burlesque Dancer by James J. Kriegsmann, 1940s, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  7. Bonnie Brown, 1960s, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches

Row 3

  1. Burlesque in Harlem movie advertisement, offset lithographic print
  2. Burlesque Dancer by James J. Kriegsmann, 1940s, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  3. Miss Topsy (Mary Elizabeth Thompson), gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches                                                                        
  4. Miss Topsy (Mary Elizabeth Thompson)by Maurice Seymour, New York, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  5. Snake Dancer by Jimmy Baynes, Cleveland, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  6. Fire Dancer by Jimmy Baynes, Cleveland, gelatin silver print, inches
  7. Nightclub Dancer by Jimmy Baynes, Cleveland, gelatin silver print, inches
  8. Toni Elling by James J. Kriegsmann, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  9. Maxsine Brown flyer, Louie’s Lounge, Boston

Row 4

  1. Princess Rolls Royce (Miss Williams), 1970
  2. Etta Cummings, Burlesque Ballerina, 1960s, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches                                                                        
  3. Burlesque dancer in bralet and fringed skirt, 1930s-40s, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  4. Norma Miller, “The Queen of Swing,” gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  5. Nicole Tramarr, aka Tawny Tiger, African Queen, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  6. Vera “Vejah” Francis, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  7. Arthur Bragg’s World Famous Idlewild Revue of 1964 flyer, Louie’s Lounge, Boston
  8. Yatilda Dix, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches

Row 5

  1. Madeline Jackson and Sadie Bruce, Silhouette Pictorial Hollywood                                                                                    
  2. Sugar’n Spice by Ricardo, Chicago, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  3. Kathrine Dunham, 1960s, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  4. Lottie “The Body” with T Bone Walker, Blues artist, signed contemporary print, 8 x 10 inches
  5. Miss Topsy (Mary Elizabeth Thompson)by Maurice Seymour, New York, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches            
  6. Lottie “The Body” by Maurice Seymour, New York, signed contemporary print, 8 x 10 inches
  7. Donna “Tonette” Young by Ron Egan Studio, Hollywood, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
  8. Mary Alexander, by James J. Kriegsmann, from the estate of Martha Weaver Jordan

CABINET

  1. Pinup standing, looking over shoulder, gelatin silver print, 5 x 7 inches
  2. Pinup with legs up, gelatin silver print, 5 x 7 inches
  3. Matchbook covers, The Gables, New Castle, PA
    • Alluring
    • Beauty Prize Winner
    • Rosalie
  1. Paul L. Facchetti, héliogravure, from Nus Exotiques, Société Parisienne Art Publishing, 1950                                                

MAGAZINES

  1. Vera Francis, Bronze Thrills, April 1957                        
  2. Millie Jackson, Players 6:8, January 1980            
  3. Dottie Smith, Bronze Thrills, December 1955            
  4. Nichelle Nichols, Tan, February 1968            
  5. Darine Stern, Playboy, October 1971            
  6. Betty Howard, Copper Cuties 1:1, January 1968