Category Archives: Photography

You Wear it Well – Happy Birthday Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Lydia Mirren, DBE ( nee Mironoff; born 26 July 1945) Happy 72nd Birthday.

 

4th of July Pinups – Bombs, Boobs and Bunting

Happy 4th!

Ava Gardner

 

Marilyn Monroe

 

Painting by Gil Elvgren

 

 

Barbara Eden

 

Helen Twelvetrees

 

Debbie Reynolds

 

 

Cyd Charisse w/ Tom & Jerry

 

Painting by A. Vargas – caption read – “Golly Mr. Hancock yours is the largest.”

 

Rita Hayworth

 

Marilyn

 

Susan Hayward and Virginia Dale

 

 

Jane Mansfield

 

Doris Day

 

 

MM

The Bullet Bra – 1950’s Pin-up Necessity

The bullet bra was created by the Maidenform Company in the 1940’s, but with the war raging it didn’t and couldn’t (war time restrictions on nylon) become popular until the mid 1950’s. Every actress, pin-up and girl on the street just had to wear this newest fashion. Women were getting some well deserved freedoms after the war and with all the men back in the States, sex and being sexy was back in style. Sometimes super-sexy, sometimes just plain weird, the bullet bra became the look of the 50’s – the Sweater Girl, Jane Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe and The Outlaw. Never being a fan of the “Pointy Breast” I don’t quite get it. But really, what’s to get? Everybody loves boobs and the bullet bra sure gave you something to look at and dream about.

Jane Russel in The Outlaw

Marilyn Monroe

Elizabeth Taylor

What the hell?????

You can’t play Hide and Seek wearing this bra

Jane Mansfield

Julie (Catwoman) Newmar

Ann Francis (Honey West)

Happy Fathers Day

Rock Edition

George & Dhani Harrison

Jimi Hendrix w/ father Al

Ringo and Zak

Kurt and Francis Bean

Bryan Ferry and Sons

Slash and his boys

Johnny and John Carter Cash

David Bowie w/ daughter Lexi

Bob and Ziggy Marley

ce Cooper and family

Alice Cooper and family

Steven Tyler and his unbelievably beautiful daughters

Johnnie and Shuggie Otis

Keith and some blond people

Marvin Gaye and kids

Paul & Stella McCartney

Mick and a few of his many kids

Rod Stewart and kids

 

Gil Rigoulet – Rockabilly ’82

From photographer Gil Rigoulet – “For four months, I followed Marco, Raynald, Michel, Éric, Boumé, Lionel, Titi, Denis, Alan, Jimmy, Laurent, Bouboule, and others, at home in their bedrooms, at work, in the King Bee record shop, at the market where they’d buy their outfits, and on their nights out. The boys all dreamed of moving to the United States and listening to Gene Vincent, Elvis Presley, and Crazy Cavan and the Rhythm Rockers. They usually met up at the Liberty Bar, which dated back to the time when American air forces were based at Evreux in the early years of the Cold War. They hung out in parking lots where they repaired their classic cars—French Simcas, not Chevys”.

“Over the course of a few months, I went from being a photojournalist interested in them as subjects to someone they knew well; they invited me over to their houses, and I’d have lunch with their parents. After a while, they even invited me to come along to their hair appointments. Their salon was owned by Mr. Tuffier—a man who always wore glasses, a goatee, and a wide tie with a floral print. That was an honor: Mr. Tuffier was the quiffmaster of Evreux, so a visit to him was the most sacred of their activities”.

The Ladies of Burlesque – Signs and Posters

Burlesque, Burlesk, Burly-Q. However you spell it it’s still all the same – Great!  Burlesque as a form of entertainment lasted a good long time. Starting in the 1860’s and sort of ending in the 1960’s with a resurgence in the 2000’s, Burlesque basically meant Variety Show with (hopefully) a striptease in there somewhere. It evolved into pretty much all Striptease by the 1950’s. Never overly raunchy or pornographic, Burly-Q was all about suggestion, the hope to see a shapely leg or glimpse of a breast. Toward the 60’s it got a bit dirtier, but as they say, “The times, they were a-changin'”.

K. K. Kelly and the Runway Rompers

 

Akiko O’Toole and a Stageful of Girls

 

Irma the Body

 

Charming Charmaine – The TNT Girl

 

Miss Gee Whiz – 52-28-38
Gee Whiz, Indeed!

 

The Rage of Burlesque

 

Ann Perry – The Jane Russell of Burlesk

 

Georgia Sothern – That Fiery Redhead

 

Zorita

 

Dixie Evans – The Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque

 

Tempest Storm – That Bust Out Girl

 

Harry Clark’s Park Avenue Revue

 

Frosti Winters

 

Lee “Hot Rod” Wayne