Monthly Archives: May 2016

Bettie Page by Weegee

 

Weegee – real name, Arthur Fellig was short and fat and took pictures of dead people on the streets of New York. He was a Tom Waits song waiting to be wrote. With his very graphic crime scene photos he became responsible for a new kind of journalistic photography as art.  Bettie Page was the top pin-up model of the 50’s – small, slim and gorgeous. Famous but troubled and hounded by anti pornography crusaders. They were also friends, living a few blocks from each other off of Times Square (Weegee on West 47th Street and Ms. Page on West 46th Street). Weegee didn’t take a lot of pictures of Bettie but the ones he did were funny and innocent. The photos below are all by Weegee, some for newspaper and magazines others (the Page shots) for his own pleasure. Having fun in a camera club setting w/ his good friend.

Arthur Fellig aka Weegee

Arthur Fellig aka Weegee

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Jimmy Armstrong

Jimmy Armstrong

BETTIE PAGE

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Weegee/International Center of Photography/Getty Images

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Weegee/International Center of Photography/Getty Images

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Weegee/International Center of Photography/Getty Images

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Camera Club

Weegee/International Center of Photography/Getty Images

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Ernesto García Cabral

Ernesto García “The Chango” Cabral (18 December 1890 – 8 August 1968)  Cabral first made his name as a caricaturist for newspapers and magazines during the Mexican Revolution of 1911, illustrating the exploits of Pancho Villa & Emiliano Zapata. From these drawings he was able to study in Paris for a short time on a grant from Mexico’s President Madero. For the next few years, Cabral would travel and worked in Madrid and Argentina before returning to Mexico in 1915. On his return he would start developing his recognized style of bright colors and exaggerated features, (working for many publications – it is said that he has over 25,000 published images). It is the movie posters from the 50’s though that have provided him his notoriety. Beautiful, bright and exciting, his work became synonymous with the burgeoning Mexican film industry of the early 1950’s.

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The Real Age of Burlesque

I’ve posted a number of these great photos over the years and it’s time to do it again. These are not your modern Dita Von Teese burlesque queens. These are the originators – great names, great hair, great bodies. Some became hugely famous in their time; Lili St, Cyr, Tempest Storm (recorded a single for Jack White a few years ago) and Blaze Starr. Some (most) faded into obscurity. All are beautiful.

Frosty Conners

Frosty Conners

Candy Hart

Candy Hart

Dee Angela

Dee Angela

Kupie Doll

Kupie Doll

Lili St. Cyr

Lili St. Cyr

Venus La Doll

Venus La Doll

Star Markee aka The Cherokee Flash

Star Markee aka The Cherokee Flash

Sheena aka The Fantastic Savage

Sheena aka The Fantastic Savage

Angel Blue aka The Heavenly Body

Angel Blue aka The Heavenly Body

Baby Jane aka The Original Doll

Baby Jane aka The Original Doll

Jessica Rogers aka The WOW Girl

Jessica Rogers aka The WOW Girl

Blaze Starr aka Miss Spontaneous Combustion

Blaze Starr aka Miss Spontaneous Combustion

Gia-Mo

Gia-Mo

Julie Gibson aka The Bashful Bride

Julie Gibson aka The Bashful Bride

Paula Fontane

Paula Fontane

Precious Diamond

Precious Diamond

Rita Alexander

Rita Alexander