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That’s what I call camping in style and comfort – Ted

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Ginger Young is a red-haired, green-eyed, grandly structured (36-23-36) girl, whose shapely legs were carrying her up the ladder of success as an actress. She appeared on the Jerry Lewis Show, the Steve Allen Show, a Ford Spectacular and Murder, Inc., among other TV entertainments, and was seen (via special film clip) in the posh stage musical Pink Jungle, which did not reach Broadway because the star (another Ginger named Rogers) took exception to Agnes Moorehead’s out-of-town rave notices.


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151_jean_manson_007Jeane Manson, born Jean Manson, (born October 1, 1950 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American model, singer and actress. She was Playboy magazine‘s Playmate of the Month for the August 1974 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Dwight Hooker.

In 1977, Manson was the subject of a comicbook, The Jeane Manson Revelations!, produced by the cult The Children of God.

She had a few film roles before she was a Playmate, and moved to France soon after she appeared in Playboy. Performing under the name Jeane Manson, she became a recording artist in Europe. Her albums have covered several genres, from pop to gospel and country. Jean also has hosted several television specials in France and had a regular role on the longrunning primetime soap Riviera. She represented Luxembourg in the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest in Jerusalem, achieving 13th place for her song “J’ai déjà vu ça dans tes yeux”.


Jeane Manson (1977)
Lovingly (1977)
Fly to New York city (1979)
Stand by me (1980)
Jeane Manson canta en Español (1980)
Jeane Manson (1981)
La belle histoire de Shirley Violette (1981)
Aux USA (1982)
Mes photos couleur (1983)
Ange ou démon (1985)
Song d’une nuit (1988)
Jeane Manson y el Mariachi Mezcal (1992)
151_jean_manson_008Je n’aime que toi (1992)
Dédicace – Concert à la salle Gaveau (1995)
Country girl (1996)
Un nouveau monde (1998)
Jeane Manson chante les plus grands airs classiques (1999)
Gospel (2001)
Amour caché (2004)

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Don Lewis” first appeared, as far as I can tell, in 1966 in the pages of Playboy magazine’s quarterly periodical for Playboy Club members, VIP, with six cartoons spread over two years of the club’s trademark waitress Bunny.

Lewis thereafter made just four more appearances in the magazine, late 1966-1968, pin up cartoons. The earlier Bunny cartoons shown here, the keyholder cartoon is dated July 1965, are very tight, done in gouache and watercolor, much tighter than the last three examples in the magazine seemingly done in a loose, offhand watercolor.


I can find no other mention of Lewis anywhere, in any facet of American illustration or art, from the 30s to the 70s, and no other example, so, if that’s true, it’s likely a pseudonym.  Pete Hawley used pseudonyms a lot, wouldn’t it make sense to use one in this instance, especially if his name was associated in the 60s with brand name baby or child-like impossibly cute big eye art? Does it look like Hawley? I think it does. The angular, corseted, small waist, the expert handling of the limbs that is both simple and gorgeous. Note the way the Bunny costume shimmers. Whomever he or she may have been, that artist was no slouch.


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I just came across this delightful blog full of comics from Playboy magazine. Enjoy – Ted

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Alice and Ellen Kessler (born 20 August 1936 in Nerchau, Germany) are twins popular in Europe, especially Germany and Italy, from the 1950s and 1960s and until today for their singing, dancing and acting. They are usually credited as the Kessler Twins (Die Kessler-Zwillinge in Germany and Le Gemelle Kessler in Italy where are considered an mythe of the cultural popular history of the country), and remain popular today.

11749133_tkt2In the USA, they were not as popular, but appeared in the 1963 film Sodom and Gomorrah as dancers and appeared on the cover of Life Magazine in that year.

Their parents, Paul and Elsa, sent them to ballet classes at the age of six, and they joined the Leipzig Opera’s child ballet program at age 11. When they were 18, their parents used a visitor’s visa to escape to West Germany, where they performed at the Palladium in Düsseldorf. They performed at The Lido in Paris between 1955 and 1960, and represented West Germany in the 1959 Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in 8th place with Heute Abend wollen wir tanzen geh’n (Tonight we want to go dancing).

They moved to Italy in 1960 and gradually moved to more serious roles. At the age of 40, they agreed to pose on the cover of the Italian edition of Playboy. That issue became the fastest-selling Italian Playboy up until that point.

They moved back to Germany in 1986 and currently live in Munich. They have received numerous awards from both the German and Italian governments for promoting German-Italian cooperation through their work in show business.

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117464_ad1Alice Denham (born January 21, 1933 in Jacksonville, Florida) is an American model, writer and scholar. She was Playboy magazine‘s Playmate of the Month for the July 1956 issue. Her centrefold was photographed by Mike Shea and Lawrence Tirschel.

Denham posed for other men’s magazines during her modelling career, but she was as well known for her academic achievements as for her physical attributes. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina in 1949 and a master’s degree from the University of Rochester in 1950, and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society. Her writing talents were obvious to Playboy; several Playmates have written the text that accompanied their pictorials, but Denham is the only Playmate to have written a short story that was published in the same issue as her centrefold.

Denham pursued a career in writing and education. She’s written several short stories and novels, including Amo and My Darling from the Lions, and taught creative writing at the City College of New York, where she served as an adjunct professor of English from 1970 to 1980. She also held fiction-writing seminars at the University of Toronto for several years. According to The Playmate Book, she has completed her memoirs and also is writing a non-fiction book about her family’s “migration from South Carolina and Scotland to Florida at the time of the Seminole Indian Wars.”

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June Blair (born Margaret June Blair on October 20, 1933, in San Francisco, California) is an American model and actress. She is best known for being Playboy magazine’s Playmate of the Month for its January 1957 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Hal Adams.

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Blair made her first television appearance in 1954. Through the rest of the decade, she took supporting roles in feature films and guest-starred in series television, including two episodes, "Performance Under Fire" and "The Dead Ringer" of the 1960-1961 syndicated western series Two Faces West.

She was engaged to the singer Nino Tempo in 1957. Blair was the inspiration for his song "Looney over Juney".

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The next year, she broke off her engagement with Tempo and started dating Lindsay Crosby, Bing Crosby’s son. Through the late 1950s, she also dated Dick Sargent, Barry Coe, Mickey Callan, and Bill Holmes, as well as other Hollywood actors.

On May 21, 1961, Blair married David Nelson and joined the cast of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Ricky Nelson was the best man. She had two sons with David: Daniel Blair Nelson in 1962 and Jamie Eric Nelson in 1966. They were divorced in 1975. David Nelson died on January 11, 2011.

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117203_sdSusan Denberg (born 2 August 1944 in Bad Polzin, Germany (now Połczyn-Zdrój, Poland)) is the stage name of an Austrian model and actress, born Dietlinde Zechner.

After becoming immersed in the 60s high life of drugs and sex, Denberg left show business and returned to Austria. News interviews at the time show a depressed Denberg in the company of her mother, at home in Klagenfurt. These news items, repeated in fan periodicals for years, gave the impression Denberg was suicidal or had already died. Actually, she is still alive.

In 1965, Denberg landed a co-starring role as a German girl on the ABC war drama series 12 O’Clock High. Her fellow TOS guest star Frank Overton was a regular on this series (Robert Lansing had been a regular, as well, but he left the series the previous year).

The following year, Denberg made her feature film debut with a supporting role in the drama An American Dream. Star Trek regular George Takei and TOS guest actors Richard Derr and Warren Stevens also had roles in this film, which was directed by Robert Gist. While working on this film, Warner Bros. held a contest to find Susan a new screen name, offering a $500 award to whoever came up with the best one, but all of the entries were ultimately rejected.

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Denberg was featured Playmate of the Month for Playboy magazine’s August 1966 issue. In her profile, Denberg stated that she had ambitions to become an actress. Denberg was later one of the finalists for the title of 1967’s Playmate of the Year, though the title ultimately went to Lisa Baker.

Denberg’s most famous acting role outside of Star Trek was in Hammer Film‘s cult 1967 science fiction/horror film Frankenstein Created Woman, opposite Peter Cushing. However, Denberg’s voice in the film was dubbed as her Austrian accent was considered too strong.

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After Frankenstein Created Woman, Denberg returned to Austria. Over the years, rumors surfaced that she had died of a drug overdose in 1967 or that she had become mentally unstable as a result of using the drug LSD. In actuality, Denberg is currently alive and well, and is living in Klagenfurt, Austria, under her real name, Dietlinde Zechner.

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117191_emEve Meyer (December 13, 1928 – March 27, 1977, as Evelyn Eugene Turner) was an American pin-up model, motion picture actress, and later, film producer. Much of her work was done in conjunction with sexploitation filmmaker Russ Meyer to whom she was married from April 2, 1952 until 1969.

Born Eve Turner in Atlanta, Georgia, Turner was a high-profile pin-up model in the 1950s, and was Playboy magazine‘s Playmate of the Month in June 1955. Her unbilled film debut was in Artists and Models (1955). She worked frequently as a photographic model for Russ Meyer after their marriage, appeared in the film Operation Dames (1959), and took a lead role in Meyer’s 1960 exploitation film Eve and the Handyman.

Eve Meyer served as producer (or associate or executive producer) on Meyer’s 1960s and early 1970s films, including Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970). She was a successful business woman at the time of her death in the Tenerife disaster in 1977 in which two 747 jets collided on the runway.

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From these nine transparencies, selected from nearly two dozen submitted by photographer Hal Adams, PLAYBOY’s editors finally chose one for the October Playmate. Which one would you have picked?

I Tried to find something on Hal Adams but drew a blank, but from the the innocence of the images I guess we’re somewhere in the mid to late fifties – Ted
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Marilyn Ardith Jordan (née Waltz) (born November 5, 1931 in Waukesha, Wisconsin – December 23, 2006 in Medford, Oregon) was an American actress and model.

As Marilyn Waltz, she was Playboy magazine‘s Playmate of the Month in the February 1954, April 1954 and April 1955 issues. She was the first of two women to become a three-time Playmate. However for the first of her Playboy appearances, Marilyn was billed as Margaret Scott. For many years thereafter, many assumed that Marilyn and Margaret actually were two different people. It wasn’t until the mid 1990s that the two were revealed to be the same person.

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While looking through photos in preparation for 1996’s The Playmate Book, Hugh Hefner noticed stark similarities between the two models. He speculated in the book about this: "I only noticed the resemblance as the photos were being assembled for the book (Hefner had purchased both images from Baumgarth calendar company) and that Margaret Scott’s name doesn’t appear in lists of pinup models active in the period. Nor do any of the photographers recall a model with that name." So she co-held the three-time appearance record in secret for 42 years. Finally Marilyn notified Playboy that she in fact was Margaret Scott.

Although her pictures had the typical 50s looks, she was later considered a more distinguished, cared for and good looking woman of her era. Waltz received more fan mail — ironically, for her Margaret Scott appearance — than any other Playmate in 1954. Even today she is still considered to be one of the more beautiful pinup models of the 1950s and her February 1954 Margaret Scott centerfold appearance is seen as a classic.

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Marguerite Diane Webber AKA Marguerite Empey (July 29, 1932—August 19, 2008)was an American model, dancer and actress.

Empey was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Marguerite (née Andrus) and screen writer Arthur Guy Empey.

117056_dw2Under the name Marguerite Empey she was Playboy magazine‘s Playmate of the Month in May 1955 and in February 1956. The photos for her 1956 appearance were taken by soft core porn director Russ Meyer.

Empey took ballet lessons from Russian ballerina Maria Befefi and later worked as a chorus girl at Bimbo’s in San Francisco. In 1955, she married Joe Webber. She later took an interest in nudism, appearing in numerous nudist magazines. The Wonderful Webbers by June Lange, published by Elysium Inc in 1967, documented the Webbers’ nudist life style. Webber posed for many famous photographers such as Peter Gowland, Bunny Yeager and Russ Meyer. She also appeared on the covers for several vinyl record albums including Les Baxter’s Jewels of the Sea, Sea of Dreams by Nelson Riddle, Marty Paich’s Jazz For Relaxation and Chile con Cugie by Xavier Cugat.

117056_dw3Around 1969 to 1980 Empey devoted her full-time career as a bellydance instructor at Everywoman’s Village in Van Nuys, California. She occasionally performed this dance accompanied by her top students and a band playing Middle Eastern music in public places in and around Los Angeles. Empey founded Perfumes of Araby, one of the first American belly dancing companies. Empey’s shows were extremely sensual; they didn’t pander to the audience. Lots of women and children enjoyed the shows. For several years Empey coordinated outdoor performances with up to 40 Middle Eastern dancers.

In the Gay Talese book Thy Neighbor’s Wife, the story tells of a man who carried Diane Webber’s nude picture in his wallet for fifteen years as his masturbatory fantasy.

Empey died on August 19, 2008 in Los Angeles at the age of 76 due to complications following surgery for cancer.

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117043_cm1Cynthia Jeanette Myers (September 12, 1950 – November 4, 2011) was an American model and actress, and Playboy magazine‘s Playmate of the Month for the December 1968 issue.

Myers was the first Playboy Playmate born in the 1950s when she appeared in the magazine in December 1968. The pictures were shot in June 1968 when she was 17 years old, but it was Playboy’s policy by that time to wait until a Playmate turned 18 before her pictures would be published.

Her pictorial was titled "Wholly Toledo!" because of Myers’ hometown and large breasts. Her centerfold was photographed by Pompeo Posar, and quickly became a favorite of American troops in Vietnam. The centerfold appears in the 1987 film Hamburger Hill. According to Myers, she was 13 when her breasts began to develop to the size 39 DD they were when she appeared in Playboy. After her magazine debut, Myers made frequent appearances on Hugh Hefner’s Playboy After Dark TV series in 1969. She made an uncredited appearance in They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? before taking the leading role of the sensitive bisexual rock and roll singer and bass player Casey Anderson in Russ Meyer‘s Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. She followed this with a supporting role in the Western, Molly and Lawless John (1972).

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In 1994, it became known that a nude photo of Myers (along with fellow playmates Angela Dorian, Reagan Wilson and Leslie Bianchini) was scanned and inserted into Apollo 12 Extra-vehicular activity astronaut cuff checklists by pranksters at NASA.

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Patricia Sheehan on the January sheet for 1960

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Miss February 1962
Playboy Playmate Pic and Data Sheet
BIRTHPLACE: Romsdal, Norway
BUST: 36"
WAIST: 23"
HIPS: 35"
HEIGHT: 5′ 4"
WEIGHT: 117 lbs
To be a very good actress.
Modern jazz, flamenco, Latin music.
Being called "honey" or "sweetheart" by people who don’t know me.
Skiing, skating and horseback riding.
Strong personalities — that quality that demands respect.
Overbearing egos.
I once worked in a traveling repertory theatre.

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Britt Fredriksen
Miss June 1968
Playboy Playmate 
From her datasheet
BUST: 34"
WAIST: 22"
HIPS: 34"
HEIGHT: 5′ 4"
WEIGHT: 108 lbs
Get so much out of life that I won’t look back upon it when I’m 70 and say, "Why didn’t I?.."
Wind, the sea, and beaches.
Being lonely.
My usual morning unhappiness. The trouble is one-fourth of life is mornings.
I’m a Bunny at the Playboy Club in St. Louis.
I’d like to go back to school. I studied math for two years in college.
Humorous and broadminded.
I enjoy the sunshine!

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June Wilkinson is an English model and actress, known for her appearances in Playboy magazine and in films of the 1960s. One of the world’s most-photographed women in the late 1950s and early 1960s, at the height of her career she was called “the most photographed nude in America”.

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June Wilkinson was born 27 March 1940 in Eastbourne, England. Having started as a stage performer at the age of 12, she went on to become the youngest topless dancer, at the age of 15, at the Windmill Theatre in London from 1957 to 1958. During a promotional tour in the United States, she was discovered by Hugh Hefner. Her first appearance in Playboy, in September 1958, was titled “The Bosom”. She was a brunette in those days, but in later shoots she was a blonde.

Wilkinson’s second Playboy appearance was photographed by Russ Meyer. Meyer was an independent photographer at the time, and filming his ground-breaking The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959). Because she was under contract to Seven Arts at the time, Wilkinson could not officially appear in Meyer’s film. However, as an uncredited and unpaid favour to the director, Wilkinson’s breasts can be seen through a window in one scene.

Wilkinson appeared in Playboy again in August 1959 in a spread titled “The Bosom in Hollywood.” During this period, she appeared with Spike Jones’s band, together with actor Billy Barty. Recalling this period in her career, Wilkinson later remembered Barty with affection, but commented that Jones, off-stage, had no sense of humour. In 1960, Wilkinson was featured in Playboy four times, in June, July, August, October, and again in November. Her feature in the November issue was titled “The Bosom Revisits Playboy”. Wilkinson appeared in the 1960 voodoo film, Macumba Love, which promoted her measurements as “44-20-36”. At times reported as up to “45-22-35”, in 1963 Wilkinson stated that her measurements were actually “40-22-35”.

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In 1961 Wilkinson made several stage appearances on the U.S. West coast with performers such as Louis Jordan in Marriage Go Round, Silvia Sidney in Come Blow Your Horn and Milton Berle in Norman, Is That You?. She had a brief role in John Cassavetes‘s 1962 film, Too Late Blues.

june_wilkinson_0060In December 1962, Wilkinson made her last appearance in Playboy, though her photos would continue to appear in the magazine in anniversary and retrospective features. Though she was never an official Playmate, she was featured in the magazine on seven separate occasions and was one of the magazine’s most popular photo subjects. She appeared in more than fifty other men’s magazines and newspapers from 1958–1970, making her one of the most well photographed models of the era.

Wilkinson was the star of director Myron Gold’s 1963 film, La Rabia or The Rage. Directed in Mexico City, the film has Wilkinson as a stripper with a gigolo boyfriend. She met Dan Pastorini, NFL quarterback for the Houston Oilers and Oakland Raiders in 1972, and they were married in 1973. They co-starred in the 1974 film Florida Connection (also known as Weed), for the producer of Rage. The couple divorced in 1982, and Wilkinson never remarried. She has a daughter, Brahna.

In 1997, in her late 50’s, June came back for another nude shoot in The Best of Glamour Girls: Then and Now vol. 2 (Winter 1997). In 1999 when Playboy published its list of the “100 Sexiest Stars of the Century,” June came in at #30. Currently she hosts “The Directors,” a cable show in which she interviews filmmakers. She’s also putting together a show about the history of fashion called “Glamour’s First 5000 Years.”

The Florida Connection (1974)
The Mack (1973) (uncredited)
The Candidate (1964)
La Rabia por dentro (1963)
Who’s Got the Action? (1962) (uncredited)
The Bellboy and the Playgirls (1962)
The Continental Twist (1961)
The Private Lives of Adam and Eve (1961)
Too Late Blues (1961)
Macumba Love (1960)
Career Girl (1959)
The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959) (uncredited)
Thunder in the Sun (1959)
Just for You (1952)

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It is important to remember that Hugh Hefner actually was a man of importance once, a man people listened to, admired even envied. Not the geriatric ancient sod in silk dressing gown surrounding himself with girls who could have been his grand daughters he is to day. It’s always sad to see someone you once looked up to unable to call it a day – Ted

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