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Everybody Looks Good on a Bike – Except Buddy Miles

It’s a fact. Nothing more to say. Apologies to the great Buddy Miles.

Marlon Brando from The Wild Ones

Marlon Brando from “The Wild One”

Elvis from "Roustabout"

Elvis from “Roustabout”

James Dean

James Dean

Jack Nicholson from "Rebel Rousers"

Jack Nicholson from “Rebel Rousers”

Paul Newman

Paul Newman

Marianne Faithfull from "Girl on a Motorcycle"

Marianne Faithfull from “Girl on a Motorcycle”

Steve McQueen  from "The Great Escape"

Steve McQueen from “The Great Escape”

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Jane Russel

Jane Russel

Johnny Depp from "Cry Baby" w/ Amy Locaine and Polly Bergen

Johnny Depp from “Cry Baby” w/ Amy Locaine and Polly Bergen

Elvis

Elvis

Ann Margaret

Ann Margaret

Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley

Brando

Brando

Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood

Dennis Hopper & Peter Fonda from "Easy Rider"

Dennis Hopper & Peter Fonda from “Easy Rider”

Francoise Hardy

Francoise Hardy

Clark Gable

Clark Gable

Patti Waggin - Burlesque star

Patti Waggin – Burlesque star

Buddy Miles

Buddy Miles

Shocktober 3 – 1960’s and ’70’s Kids

In the 60’s and 70’s if your parents had no imagination or extra time they could buy you a extremely flammable, dangerously hard to see out of mask with accompanying ill-fitting smock.  These would come in, not only the old standbys like Frankenstein, Dracula, super heroes and clowns, but also the cultural icons of the day. To see small children in Kabe Caplin “Welcome Back Kotter” costumes or the Leather Guy from The Village People must have been something. How about creatively mind-boggling KFC’s Colonel Sanders, Robin Williams’ Mork, The Fonz, Donny Osmond, all 4 Beatles or Radar O’Reilly from Mash. The real odd-ball costumes were the “THINGS”, i.e. The shark from Jaws, Rubiks Cube, an asteroid from the video game Asteroids and Flipper, to name a very few. These went out of favor in the safety conscious 80’s when it was realized  just how dangerous they actually were. Also who really wanted to wear an flammable New Kid’s on the Block, Donny Wahlberg costume anyway.

Cat, Clown and ?

Cat, Clown and ?

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Superheroes - Spiderman & Wonder Woman

Superheroes – Spiderman & Wonder Woman

Chewie and Yoda

Chewie and Yoda

Donny Osmond

Donny Osmond

Creepy Bozo the Clown

Creepy Bozo the Clown

KFC's Colonel Sanders, Spiderman and Batman

KFC’s Colonel Sanders, Spiderman and Batman

Superman vs Batman

Superman vs Batman

President Kennedy w a couple of witches

President Kennedy w/ a couple of witches

Fuck You Frankenstein

Fuck You Frankenstein

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Kid in a Bag and the Devil

Charlie Brown and Wonder Woman

Charlie Brown and Wonder Woman

Fox and Hobo

Fox and Happy Hobo

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Dolly Parton (?) and a Clown

and Mom

Freddy Frog, Witch and Mom

Jaws (!!!) and Flash

Jaws (!!!) and Flash

Snoopy, Clown, Skeleton (?) and Charlie Brown

Snoopy, Clown, Skeleton (?) and Charlie Brown

Spaceman and

Spaceman and the Devil

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carnival Strippers by Susan Meiselas

“From 1972 to 1975, I spent my summers photographing and interviewing women who performed striptease for small town carnivals in New England, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. As I followed the girl shows from town to town, I photographed the dancers’ public performances as well as their private lives. I also taped interviews with the dancers, their boyfriends, the show managers, and paying customers.

The women I met ranged in age from seventeen to thirty-five. Most had left small towns, seeking mobility, money and something different from what was prescribed or proscribed by their lives that the carnival allowed them to leave. They were runaways, girlfriends of carnies, club dancers, both transient and professional.

They worked out of a traveling box, a truck that unfolded to form two stages, one opening to the public carnival grounds, another concealed under a tent for a private audience. A dressing room stands between them. Again and again, throughout the day and night, the woman performers moved from the front stage, with its bally call—the talker’s spiel that entices the crowd—to the stage, where they each perform for the duration of a 45 pop record”.

From Susan Meislas’ book “Carnival Strippers” 1976

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USA. Essex Junction, Vermont. 1974. The managers. (CARNIVAL STRIPPERS, page 15) ©Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos

USA. Tunbridge, Vermont. 1975. Competing for clients. Contact email: New York : photography@magnumphotos.com Paris : magnum@magnumphotos.fr London : magnum@magnumphotos.co.uk Tokyo : tokyo@magnumphotos.co.jp Contact phones: New York : +1 212 929 6000 Paris: + 33 1 53 42 50 00 London: + 44 20 7490 1771 Tokyo: + 81 3 3219 0771 Image URL: http://www.magnumphotos.com/Archive/C.aspx?VP3=ViewBox_VPage&IID=2K7O3RWU3E8&CT=Image&IT=ZoomImage01_VForm

USA. Tunbridge, Vermont. 1974. Lulu and Debbie. (CARNIVAL STRIPPERS, page 84-85) ©Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos

USA. Essex Junction, Vermont. 1973. Lena on the Bally Box. Contact email: New York : photography@magnumphotos.com Paris : magnum@magnumphotos.fr London : magnum@magnumphotos.co.uk Tokyo : tokyo@magnumphotos.co.jp Contact phones: New York : +1 212 929 6000 Paris: + 33 1 53 42 50 00 London: + 44 20 7490 1771 Tokyo: + 81 3 3219 0771 Image URL: http://www.magnumphotos.com/Archive/C.aspx?VP3=ViewBox_VPage&IID=2K7O3RWSE2Q&CT=Image&IT=ZoomImage01_VForm

USA. Essex Junction, Vermont. 1973. Curtain call. Contact email: New York : photography@magnumphotos.com Paris : magnum@magnumphotos.fr London : magnum@magnumphotos.co.uk Tokyo : tokyo@magnumphotos.co.jp Contact phones: New York : +1 212 929 6000 Paris: + 33 1 53 42 50 00 London: + 44 20 7490 1771 Tokyo: + 81 3 3219 0771 Image URL: http://www.magnumphotos.com/Archive/C.aspx?VP3=ViewBox_VPage&IID=2K7O3RWMZIP&CT=Image&IT=ZoomImage01_VForm

USA. Showhegan, Maine. 1973. Shortie and Larry getting ready. (CARNIVAL STRIPPERS, page 24) ©Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos

USA. Barton, Vermont. 1974. Lena. (CARNIVAL STRIPPERS, page 26-27) ©Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos

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Shocktober #2 – Halloween Pinups

Ah, the fifties, where a sexy pinup was appropriate for every holiday. This was a time when depictions of nudity was still resigned to the under-the-counter porn mags, but bathing suits and lingerie were completely acceptable and all the rage. A lot of these were promotions for young actresses and even established stars – that’s a young Yvonne DeCarlo (Lily Munster) in a cat suit on a huge pumpkin.

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Painting by Gil Elvgren

Painting by Gil Elvgren

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Veronica Lake

Veronica Lake

Shocktober #1 – Tod Browning’s FREAKS

Freaks is a 1932 American Pre-code film (pre Hayes code censorship) in which the title characters were actually played by by sideshow performers with real deformities. Directed and produced by Tod Browning, whose career never recovered really from it. Freaks has been described as standing alone in a subgenre of one.

Because of Browning’s success as the director of Dracula, he was given a considerable leeway for a major studio’s first horror film. In the film, the physically deformed “freaks” are inherently trusting and honorable people, while the real monsters are two of the “normal” members of the circus who conspire to murder one of the performers to obtain his large inheritance.

Among the characters featured as “freaks” were “The Human Skeleton”, “The Bearded Lady”; Frances O’Conner and Martha Morris – The armless wonders”; and conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton. Among the microcephalics who appear in the film (and are referred to as “pinheads”) were Zip and Pip (Elvira and Jenny Lee Snow) and Schlitzie, a male named Simon Metz who wore a dress mainly due to incontinence. Also featured was Johnny Eck, the legless man; the completely limbless Prince Randian and Koo-Koo – The Bird girl, who had Virchow-Seckel syndrome or bird-headed dwarfism (?!).

Following disastrous test screening in January 1932 (one woman threatened to sue MGM, claiming the film had caused her to suffer a miscarriage), the studio cut the picture down from its original 90-minute running time to just over an hour. Much of the sequence of the freaks attacking Cleopatra (the villain), as she lays under a tree, was removed, as well as a gruesome sequence showing Hercules (The Strong-Man, & Cleopatras lover) being castrated. It’s current running time is just 64 minutes. No matter how much was cut it still managed to negatively effect people and lose money. The Kansas City Star said “There is no excuse for this picture. It took a weak mind to produce it and it takes a strong stomach to look at it.” Harrison Reports – “Any one who considers this entertainment should be placed in the pathological ward in some hospital.” With these kinds of reviews Tod Brownings career was doomed and he would never recover the fame he had pre-Freaks. It is indeed creepy and disturbing and absolutely great. If you’ve seen American Horror Story Freak Show recently you’ll see the impact this film has made (and sort of know how it ends).

Cast pointing out the evil villain, Cleopatra

Cast pointing out the evil villain, Cleopatra

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Harry & Daisy Earles

Harry & Daisy Earles – The Young Lovers

Harry Earles

Harry Earles

Prince Randian - The Living Torso & Johnny Eck - The Half Boy

Prince Randian – The Living Torso & Johnny Eck – The Half Boy

Prince Randian and Wallace Ford

Prince Randian and Wallace Ford

Johnny Eck

Johnny Eck

Johnny Eck & Angelo Rossitto - as Angeleno

Johnny Eck & Angelo Rossitto – as Angeleno

Daisy and Violet Hilton as the Siamese twins & Wallace Ford as Phroso

Daisy and Violet Hilton as the Siamese twins & Wallace Ford as Phroso

Schlitzie as himself

Schlitzie as himself

Koo Koo as herself & Schilzie

Koo Koo as herself & Schilzie

Koko

Koko

The Dinner

The Dinner

Koko's Dance - Gabba Gabba We Accept You ...

Koko’s Dance – Gabba Gabba We Accept You …

Wallace Ford

Wallace Ford w/ Koko and Johnny Eck

THE FINAL REVENGE – CRAWLING IN THE RAIN

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German Poster

French Poster

US Half-Sheet

US Half-Sheet – “Can a full grown woman truly love a midget?”

Tod Browning

Tod Browning

Really Bad Heavy Metal Cover Art

Man oh man are these awful. I’ve only heard of a couple of these bands and a couple titles I have no idea what they even say. Not a lot needs to be said about these – enjoy.

Gruesome - Savage Land

Gruesome – Savage Land

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Destruction – Release From Agony

Mortal Sin

Mortal Sin – Mayhemic Destuction

Angel

Iron Angel – Hellish Crossfire

Vanlade - Iron Age

Vanlade – Iron Age

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? – Incurso

Manowar

Manowar – ? (Gods of War)

Angel Witch - Screamin & Bleedin

Angel Witch – Screamin’ & Bleedin’

Battle Axe

Battleaxe

Brainfever

Brainfever

Disgraseed (?) - Flesh Market

Disgraseed (?) – Flesh Market

Pantera - Metal Magic

Pantera – Metal Magic

Revenge -

Revenge – Harder Than Steel