The Internet has been reporting that this 1940s-era pin-up is the delightful Aunt Bee of Andy Griffith Fame, but thanks to one intrepid blogger, the true source of the photo turns out to be a publicity shot of actress Gloria De Haven.
Here's Aunt Bee as we remember her...
Frances Bavier as "Aunt Bee" on the Andy Griffith Show.
Here she is in 1920.
And here is Ms. DeHaven, now in her 80s and gorgeous as ever.
So if you had to have a demon wake you up, would you prefer a ghoul or a vampire?
I'm going to ignore the god being called a ghoul (omg) and focus on the fetish in this.
From the bobbed hair, this had to be the 1920s. That tells me this French publication was trading on the notoriety of one filmdom's most notorious female characters, the dangerous, night-stalking, catsuit-clad gangster Irma Vep. Below, a frame from the 1915 silent classic:
Irma wasn't a dominatrix or a vampire -- she was a member of The Vampires, a gang of thieves and thugs. Yet her crazy catsuit and bat ears (which appear in other scenes), combined with her attitude, instantly created a template for fetish. Today's dominatrices still emulate Irma's style. Why?
Irma was played by the unconventional and enchanting actressMusidora. Can you imagine this in latex? Or perhaps you already did.
As a kid, I had a fierce crush on Johnny Weismuller's old Tarzan movies and couldn't get enough of Jungle Jim re-runs either. And when I look back at those antiquities, I realize how much near-nude bondage figured into all the movies and television show episodes Weissmuller did. Well that explains it! Thank you, Mr. Weissmuller, for the eye-candy of my early youth.
Were you innocently addicted to any tv shows or movies that you now realize, as a grown-up, were crammed with your favorite kinks?
Ah, the miracle that is the Internet. I get to meet some of the most fascinating people in the world. For example, below, Mr. Paul Johnson, who calls himself a "shy pornographer" and yet managed to get other people to expose themselves for cameras. WELL DONE, Paul! :) Thanks for the friendship!
Claudette Colbert, one of the world's most beautiful women. Didn't know until reading her bio on wiki that she was bisexual. via Wiki:
In 1958 she met Verna Hull, a wealthy painter/photographer and the stepdaughter of a Sears Roebuck
heiress. They had nine-year friendship and painted together, traveled
together and even rented twin penthouses back in New York. They had a
mutual interest in art. When Colbert bought a house in Barbados in early
1960s, Hull also bought a modest house next door.
Today will be a tad random. Kind of the way I feel at the moment (gazing into the distance)....
Anyway, some nudes, some physique magazines, some some weird vintage advertising, and for the next little while, sensationally cheesy sexploitation movie posters. Be ready, maties, arrrr. Forewarned is still unprepared!