Conclusion: She Learned the hard way.
Whisper Magazine 1953
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Greatest Moments in Vintage Sleaze Number 24 Tura Luna Pascual Yamaguchi Upstages Shirley MacLaine in Irma La Douce Tura Santana
Tura Santana cleans up well to play a Paris Prostie in Billy Wilder's Irma La Douce in 1963. How the academy overlooked her is beyond me, but Director Billy Wilder can be seen in production stills fussing over her bust line...in her big scene Tura wore tassels OUTSIDE of her top and they still worked. She plays Suzette Wong.
Tura Luna Pascual Yamaguchi needs no introduction. Tura needs NOTHING because Tura had it all. Which is why she was dancing in clubs, yes, THAT kind of club, by the age of 15.
Two years later Tura would tear up the desert for Russ Meyer. Taken advantage of while young, she learned. She insisted on owning her image...so everytime Russ wanted to repackage his greatest film, he had to obtain her permission or pay her.
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Stanley Rayon was one of the great girlie pin-up gag cartoonists of his generation, but he has been neglected by cartoon scholars. Seriously neglected. With dozens of magazine covers, hundreds (probably thousands) of works in print, there was still virtually NOTHING available on the artist when we started looking and asking several years ago. Even the International Animated Film Society has had a long standing request for any information on the artist. Vintage Sleaze had posted no less than three requests (linked below) to no avail. One of those artists who sold work to Humorama but far more, and all with a characteristic "goofy" look with splendid, seemingly effortless lines clean lines. A major talent lost.
Good news arrived not long ago from a relative of the artist, his great-niece Kirsten Cook. Even better , Kirsten has done what should have been done decades ago! She has created a beautiful, authoritative, well-researched very colorful website devoted to Stanley Rayon. It is lovely. If only every major talent from the early days of pulp had such an advocate. A magnificent job, and we are very pleased Kirsten agreed to fill us in on her search for the story of Stanley Rayon!
Ms. Cook is a graphic designer (which will be more the evident when you click to the site she has created) and she also claims to be a trouble-maker. We need more of them. The cartoonist would be very proud of her work and to know he has not been forgotten. Ms. Cook, and her story searching for Mr. Rayon is below.
How did you first hear of Stanley Rayon?
I first heard of Stanley Rayon when helping my mother digitize all of her family photos for her ongoing genealogy research. I came across a photo of my Great Aunt Yvone and asked about her husband because I didn't have any memories of him. When she started to describe Stanley and his cartoons, I thought what a shame it was I never had the opportunity to meet this man. I think we would have gotten along marvelously! When I asked what happened to all of his cartoons and artwork, she had no clue. She said, "I think I have something in the attic" and sure enough she pulled out a cute cartoon of a bare bottom baby hanging up clothes with a puppy pulling at the apron strings. (this image can be seen on the website under private works).
I have always been a very curious, determined person and I just had to find out more about Stanley. So of course the first thing I did was Google him. What do I find but the "Vintage Sleaze" blog and the pleas for more information. I did not think this was the same Stanley Rayon, but the drawing style matched. I've taken years of art and there is no denying someone's line style and line weight. Also, the signature matched exactly to the one example of his work I had in my possession.
Was it a surprise that some of his work was a little risque?
Discovering his most prominent work was risque WAS news to me and everyone else currently alive that knew him!
Maybe he would have shared the cartoons with his brothers, but they all died in their late 50's. His nephews (now in their 80s) might have been privy to the content, but if so they sure are really good at faking shock. Now his nephews are big fans of the risque stuff and are very interested in thumbing through the vintage magazines I've purchased.
I'm sure his wife was aware of the content of his cartoons because it appears that she continued to submit some of his drawings after his death by way of the cartoonist Jack Lohr. I have found several cartoons with the Jack Lohr stamp on the back and has Mrs. Stanley Rayon as the person to remit payment to.
(Vintage sleaze note: We wondered about that relationship in an earlier post)
Why do you think Mr. Rayon's work has become more obscure than some of his contemporaries?
His obscurity has a great deal to do with his short life. Had he lived to a ripe old age, I believe his talent and the changing of our culture would have brought him to the forefront. You also need a champion, and I think his work was not something that his wife or anyone else for that matter wanted to shout about from the rooftops, especially in the 1940s and 1950s. Also, the work was published in magazines most men at the time would not admit to buying. I can only imagine the whispers and looks you would get being a girlie magazine cartoonist, or wife of one in that time.
Why take the time to do all the research and create a website?
I've always had a love of history and felt that maybe I was born in the wrong time. I guess I felt a kinship with Stanley, I get his sense of humor and love that he was brave enough to tackle some of the subject matter he did at the time. I love the artwork, I have incredible respect for how simple he makes it look and I know how difficult it is to make something look so simple. Finally, I felt it was a shame that his memory wasn't being honored. Frankly, I might be in trouble by some relatives for bringing this to the surface, but I'll take the heat. I'm not necessarily the black sheep, I'm more of a dark horse. I think Stanley was the same.
If you take a moment to check the links here, you will see Kristen has not only created a fitting tribute to the work of Stanley Rayon, but one so good it should become a model we can only hope will be followed as other artists from the 1950s are documented.
Stanley Rayon the Website is HERE
The biographical portion of the site is HERE and numerous examples of his work and bibliographical material is HERE and HERE.
(Posts from Vintage Sleaze on the artist are HERE and HERE)
What can I tell you about Rififi Suspense Magazine? Nothing other than a that a girl in distress in a red dress is the universal theme for pulp. Early 1960s magazines. A fellow is selling them on ebay, and we might as well give him the vintage sleaze bump. Plus it could take decades for someone else to post them online, and by that time they will be lost to the acid-based paper inherent to the genre.
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Bettie Page and the Designer Living Dangerously. Ford Atmos Space Age Car and the Best Auto Model in the Business
Is that Miss Bettie Page riding in a space-age concept car produced by Ford in 1954? A car which 60 years ago was designed to do what the hands-free Google car is attempting today? Of COURSE it is, as it now appears the model was having an affair with the married designer sitting next to her.
This used to be a big controversy in the little Bettie Page underground. Is it her? (whisper…) Well, of course it is her, and that is her boyfriend at the time, space age designer Richard Arbib at the wheel. Well "grips" actually, as the design was steered like an airplane.
Arbib is pretty famous. Not Bettie Page famous, but still. He designed automobiles, watches, boats…anything hi-tech and futuristic. He also had designs for Bettie. One of his designs was on the cover of Newsweek magazine in 1956.
The racy little number above (The CAR, not the model) is the Atmos. Alas, it never went into production, but it did get Ford some cool publicity back during the atomic age.
The Whose Dated Who site gives Bettie and Richard's coupling an "R" for Relationship, but they can upgrade that to encounter. Seemingly multiple encounters, as one source says their affair lasted three years. Decades after his death, his son confirmed Arbib had a "secret romance" with Miss Page. According to The Daily Beast, Abib himself admits on a tape recording having sex with the model in a car on the side of a road! In the Mark Mori flick Bettie Page Reveals All they apparently run the tape but I haven't heard it. I'm waiting for streaming. Apparently he further claims "she liked sex and was good at it." He kisses and tells!
As I have not seen the film, I can only go on printed sources, and the one from Not in the Hall of Fame seems most definitive. "And a fella by the name of Richard Arbib became the love in her life. The industrial designer of very stylish automobiles and wrist watches left his wife for Bettie. And then he left Bettie to return to his wife, only to leave his wife again for Bettie, but by then couldn’t find her. Apparently letting Bettie get away was the biggest regret of his life."
But lets go onto the photos. There isn't much to go on, so I pursued the photo as though I were looking for Oswald's buddy on the grassy knoll. I found an original press release photograph, shown above, and dropped a bundle to purchase it. The cost of several gallons of gas. Years ago a nameless internet Bettie Page fan speculated that someone could have taken an X-Atco knife and dropped her into the picture! Well, if they did, they did it as early as 1954, because the press release photograph from that year (plus the article which ran in Mechanix Illustrated) are both dated that year. Plus EVERYONE had to be dropped into the car…it had no doors and they had to unscrew the bubble top to do it. Henceforth, the previously known "monster" cover of Mechnix Illustrated can be known as the one with Bettie in a bucket seat.
If someone did place a sliced image of Bettie into the car, they did it LONG before anyone would have cared. The press photograph is dated March 22, 1954 on the reverse, and it was released March 11, 1954. There is a pretty funny youtube clip of the car below. I don't know who to credit for lovely photo of Mr. Arbib and Miss Page on the floor of an automobile show, but thanks to the photographer. It was found on the Bettie Page Forever site, and If anyone knows more about the source, write in.
NOTES: 1954 press release for the Atmos collection Victor Minx.
Mechanix Illustrated May 1954
Newsweek September 3, 1956
A Press Release for the Ford FX-Atmos is HERE on Chuck's ToyLand Site.
Other sources embedded in text.
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Two Spring covers from Volitant Publishers! Giggles & Gags & Girls & Gaiety Chop Through the Snow. NEVER has my state needed an easter bunny so badly.
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Dita von Teese, Victoria's Secret and Vintage Sleaze Guest Post by our Fashion Consultant Anita Parlo
Today we are happy to introduce our lingerie consultant Miss Anita Parlo! Anita Parlo is a bright young woman with an uncanny ability to recognize all things vintage lingerie, and she will be contributing here and there on the blog. She will also be helping with our next book.
Anita is a dream…and we are lucky to have her services! That is Anita above, and her first contribution to the site follows below. In perfect symbiotic divinity, and proof of intelligent design, Miss Parlo works for Victoria's Secret. That's right…and they have NO idea how lucky they are to have her. We are. Victoria's Secret pays her, but she works here for free. Anita DOES have an Amazon wish list, however. Show her some love.
Anita's site, appropriately titled THEY CALL IT SIN is a delight for both man and woman, and from time to time she sells vintage discoveries at her etsy site with the same name.
Enjoy the first installment, column and guest blog here by our favorite femme fatale fashionista Anita Parlo.
What do Dita von Teese and Victoria’s Secret have in common? Before you say, “Nothing, other than boobs,” let’s consider their profession. They both are in the lingerie business and this means they are undeniably influenced by men’s magazines and pornography from the 1930s-1960s. Models in men’s magazines defined what sexy was and many designers then and now follow suit. Vintage Sleaze and I will later be going further into detail about specific magazines and models, but today I'm focusing on companies who have taken inspiration from the past.
Miss Mosh’s collaboration with Collective Chaos is strikingly similar to this spider web set worn here by Patricia Alphin. Although latex lingerie was still in its infancy and not likely what this suit was originally made of, Mosh’s twist makes authenticity meet racy.
The Bali Bow Bra was a very popular bra for its time, and rightly so. It was affordable and loaded with details, letting the everyday woman feel luxurious. Dottie's Delights had an almost exact replica but instead of the bow in the middle being a part of the cup, it was stitched on and made of ribbon (model Miss Mosh). Chantal Thomass had a padded and unpadded version (unlike the original) and in more of a balconnet style. Photography Jane J. Gaspar and Ellen von Unwerth.
Agent Provocateur’s take on Frederick’s of Hollywood’s bra is sleeker but just as seductive. Who knew such racy lingerie even existed in a time when TV couples couldn’t share the same bed?
Chantal Thomass has a modern take on this bra frequently worn by Bettie Page. Photography Ellen von Unwerth.
Does it get sexier than a completely open-cup bra? This style can be seen as early as the 1930s but spiked in popularity during the 50s/60s. Although too racy for men’s magazines, stripper Lili St. Cyr and company Frederick’s of Hollywood wanted to give it a go. Agent Provocateur recreates this classic piece in a wet-look lace.
“Fan lacing” was supposed to help make lacing up in girdles and corsets easier, however this style has almost completely died out. Few, if any, have recreated this look until Kiss Me Deadly recently released pictures of their fan laced girdle. Photography Iberian Black Arts, model Morgana.
Dita Von Teese’s Von Follies released “Fanfare” last year and I believe it was inspired by the multi-way Jezebel bra. Both have micro-pleating and a strip of fabric between the satin and the fine mesh. This was popular in men’s magazines because of the cut of the cup. It accommodated more sizes, including the very busty. Photography Georges Antoni. The middle photo was featured in an article recently published by Vintage Sleaze.
Get on your glasses and squint a bit. DVT’s “Countess” bra has some similarities with Bettie’s bra. The double strap attaching to the cup, lace, and pleating/possibly inset sheer fabric makes this a possible muse.
This one is more of a far-fetched guess with the scalloped lace and gapped lace in the middle.
All hail the almost half cup bra! Earlier we saw one too racy for men’s magazines, but this one covered *just* enough to make the cut. Agent Provocateur and Von Follies have their own versions, but nothing can beat Tana Louise in a waspie and harness bra. Tana and her story will be gone in depth soon by an upcoming book by Vintage Sleaze.
This is probably the only set where the model in the vintage item is the same as the modern interpretation. Morgana (Iberian Black Arts) models a vintage robe with a garter belt for Kiss Me Deadly. A few years later they released a robe based off of it featuring pleating, a full skirt, and velvet ties. “Back in the day” sleep wear wasn’t flannel pajama pants and an over-sized t-shirt—glamour was in everyday things.
Chantal Thomass reinvents this Lili of France brassiere.
Ah, and now we arrive to the classic Warner’s Merry Widow. A strapless bra, garter belt, and waist cincher all in one made this a popular yet functional item. I’ve probably owned five or six in my life time so it goes to show they are not hard to find. Like the Bali Bow Bra, it was available to the everyday woman but loaded with details. It has sheer lace panels and a red ribbon used for cinching which can be seen through the fabric. This has yet to be replicated by anyone although Lucy B did give a crack at it with Bernie Dexter (no red ribbon peeking through lace). This cup allowed for a lot of spill over making it popular in men’s magazines. The likes of Bettie Page and Tempest Storm made this little number even higher in demand (as seen in Teaserama). This one item created an entire name for its kind (think Ziploc or Kleenex): merry widow. Even Victoria’s Secret uses the term and this sexy item does not seem likely to go away. Model Bernie Dexter, photography Levi Dexter.
Censorship, like pasties, created this popular panty. This was prominent in men’s magazines and often seen on the likes of Bettie Page. Lucy B and Bernie Dexter created their own version in multiple colors, but last I checked it was unfortunately discontinued. Bottom belongs to Bernie Dexter.
Another collaboration with Miss Mosh gave birth to the “Mosh Playsuit” by Dottie’s Delights. Mosh and Stephanie say it was inspired by Alberto Vargas’ drawings. The influence is obvious and the sex appeal undeniable. I put off purchasing one of these because I thought, “I’ll never be able to wear this.” Trust me, you’ll find a way. Trust me, it will be worth it. Photography Viva Van Story.
What Katie Did set out to make a strapless bra and I believe they used inspiration from this bra featured on Anita and many others. This cup also allowed for more spill over (seen obviously here by Miss Ekberg) making it a big hit for men’s magazines. Model Slinky Sparkles, photography Tony Nylons.
Betty Blue’s Loungerie used Marilyn’s sheer robe as inspiration for their Nell robe, modeled here by Morgana. Don’t we all wish ladies lounged around in sleek and lacey robes with their assets peeking through sheer lace panels? I think it’s time to trade in the yoga leggings and messy buns for loungewear with slits up the legs for easy access and showing off. Model Morgana, photography Iberian Black Arts.
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Award for best "swapping mask" goes to Costume Designer...um...well, they didn't credit one, but Vincent Loscalzo did the hair and makeup. Sin in the Suburbs was a 1964 silly exploration into the swinging swapping sixties which never really happened, at least not this way. It might scare you, but not to worry. Fortunately the paper of record has REVIEWED IT FOR YOU HERE.
Sin in the Suburbs, I believe, was released in Japan first...so they could laugh at us. Best mask in cruddy film history...and I'd link to a clip, but this is a PG rated site. Some non-swapping soccer mom in Syracuse might complain.