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Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) RIP

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RIP David Bowie

David Bowie born David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016)

With daughter Alexandria -2000

With daughter Alexandria -2000

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

Clown

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