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Aspects of the “pinup lifestyle” ;)

Pinup culture is something I’ve been fascinated with since I bought my first vintage “silk stocking” magazines back in the 70s for three bucks apiece from a dusty used bookshop on Eighth Avenue that is now a Japanese noodle joint. Peter Driben was the cover artist for those magazines, like Beauty Parade, Titter, and Wink, and a few years ago I found a little case in an art shop which I thought would be perfect for carrying Altoid mints. It was decorated with a Driben pinup…

It’s always fun to fish the case out of my pocket and see one of Driben’s beauties as I pop a couple of mints into my pie hole. By the way, the antecedent of “pie hole,” American slang for mouth, was “cake hole,” British service slang in World War 2.

 

Another way I partake of the “pinup lifestyle,” so to speak, is reading paperbacks from the 40s and 50s when pinups were at their peak and “good girl art,” as it’s called by collectors, adorned the covers. There are some reprint editions which have great girl art covers too; this Stark House reprint of two superlative Gil Brewer novels, which I recently read, was done by artist Mel Crair, about whom you can read more here, and it certainly fills the pinup bill!

The intro to these two amazing novels is by Paul Bishop. If I wasn’t so distracted by those gams I might not have cut off that byline!

 

I spent a lot of time this summer reading some fantastic noir novels, and these Brewer books were among the best. In particular, A Killer is Loose is a chilling study of a how a normal guy deals with a totally out-of-control madman who has completely latched onto him. It was one of the most mesmerizing, suspenseful, yet tragic noir books I’ve ever read.

I hope to give a fuller round-up of all the titles I enjoyed in an upcoming post. Meantime, check out the Gil Brewer novels for yourself over at Amazon here.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2019 in Erotica

 

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November 22, 1963: what was scheduled for NY television?

As I’ve written here before, I like to collect things such as vintage girlie magazines and pinups. About a year ago at a memorabilia show, I picked up this 1963 tv guide from the now-defunct New York Journal-American newspaper. My attention was caught, naturally, by the girls on the cover, stars of the then-popular show Petticoat Junction:

TelevisionMag-November1963

I recall it was only when I got this home that I looked at the contents carefully; that’s how dazzled and distracted I can be by three pairs of shapely stems in short-shorts, and how satisfied I was by the acquisition for my modest collection of this little digest with its pretty cover. I was really charmed by the image; and I take my pinups wherever I can find them.

But then I realized this little mag was for the week of November 17-23, 1963, which was of course was marked by the assassination of President Kennedy on November 22 at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time. Here is what was on television directly before the event (in New York it would be 1:30 p.m Eastern Time), from pp. 48-49 of the guide:

NYC TV Schedule-Nov22-1963

On that day I was in seventh grade in Chicago and returning to school after lunch, so I probably heard the news somewhere between 12:30 and 1:00, Central Time.

These are some of the movies that played on New York television that week, from pp. 58-59 of the guide (all the TV Magazine images can be enlarged by clicking on them):

MoviesOnTV November1963

Some of the actresses who appeared in the movies playing that week (in order of appearance below) included Diana Dors tangling with Rod Steiger and Tom Tryon in The Unholy Wife (1957) and Allison Hayes being vexed by John Carradine in The Unearthly (also 1957). Sally Todd was also particularly memorable in The Unearthly (I didn’t see in 1963, but in recent years) but she is not mentioned in the guide.

DianaDors withTomTryon

AllisonHayes

SallyTodd inTheUnearthly

On the morning of ┬áNovember 22, 1963, a superb film noir called Too Late For Tears (also known as Killer Bait) played on NYC’s Channel 11 at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. Lizabeth Scott gets deadly with Dan Duryea, Arthur Kennedy, and Dan DeFore in that one…

TooLate4Tears aka Killer Bait

In subsequent years, as a film buff, I have seen many, many of the movies listed on that schedule.

But only a few of those movies are quite as vivid in my memory as the nightmare we all lived that day, when I was walking up the steps to the school and someone said, “The President was shot!”

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2013 in Erotica, history of erotica, New York City

 

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