Saturday, April 30, 2011

Next Show: Veronafil Verona, Italy May 2011

My stand at last years Verona show

The weekend following the London Photo Fair there are two shows I will be participating in. The Veronafil in Verona, Italy and the New York City Postcard Show. While I travel from London to Verona my son Simon will be manning the table in New York City. See previous post for New York City show details. Link to the Veronafil follows.

Veronafil  Postcards, Stamps, Postal History, Numismatics. May 20, 21 and 22nd. Verona, Italy. Verona Trade Show Center. Many dealers pack up and leave the show early in the afternoon of the 21st; best to attend the 20th and early in the day of the 21st. I will be there until early in the afternoon of the 22nd.

Selection of Italian "modernissimo" postcards (circa 1917 ~ early 1930s) from my eBay store

ITALIAN FUTURISM Mostra Aeronautica Milano 1917
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SURREAL FANTASY Butterfly Catania Sicily Italian 1930s
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Vintage 1925 Italian Calze STOCKINGS As Tutu MODERN Ad

ITALIAN TOURISM Torino ~ Gran Paradiso Modernism 1930


Next Show: New York City Postcard Show May 2011

The weekend following the London Photo Fair there are two shows I will be participating in. The New York City Postcard Show and the Veronafil in Verona, Italy. While I travel from London to Verona (see next post for Verona details) my son Simon will be manning the table in New York City. It is a three day show, however Simon will be there on Friday and Saturday only (the 20th and 21st). Link to the show follows.

The New York City Postcard Show  May 20, 21 and 22nd. New Yorker Hotel, 34th Street & 8th Avenue. Last day of the show is optional for dealers; best to attend on the 20th or 21st.

Selection of postcards (circa 1900 ~ circa 1950) from my eBay store also available at the New York City Show

Vintage 1900 French/Japanese FINEST Printing PORTRAIT 

 Vintage 1925 French Deco NUDE Beauty ILLUSTRATED by NEY

Vintage 1920s French DIE CUT Cake Walkers BLACK Dancer

ENGLISH NOSE MASK Smith's Weekly Ad On Back circa 1900

 Vintage 1930 French LOVER'S Embrace Lingerie OSTRA

Vintage 1925 French TINTED BEAUTY Nude DECO DELUXE

 Vintage 1920s Viennese NUDE Photo by MANASSE Studio

 Vintage 1950 Austrian MALE NUDE Body BUILDER Beefcake

Vintage 1920s French Clown Francois FRATELLINI by Henry



Saturday, April 23, 2011

Fetish Digests: 1950s~1960s Stanton Eneg Exotique

No reference to the genre of American, digest size (5.5" x 8"), fetish magazines of the 1950s and '60s would be complete without an introduction including John Willie's Bizarre magazine, started in 1946 in Toronto, Canada. Equally important is the Nights of Horror series of square back "novelettes" (first published 1953) whose illustrations were recently attributed to Joe Shuster of Superman fame. These two publications, along with a handful of others, were the genesis for all the digest sized, American fetish magazines that would follow. It would be impossible within this forum to be exhaustive and all inclusive, therefore I have focused this post on rarely seen and unusual titles with illustrated (as opposed to photographic) covers. Future posts will included photographs from these publications as well as posts dedicated to John Willie and Irving Klaw. 

Bizarre magazines in my eBay store can be found here.

The cover for Bizarre No.10 (above) was done in two versions, the predecessor of which, Bizarre No.6,  was the inspiration for an ad campaign in Paris for Guerlain perfume in the 1960s. Below is volume two of Nights of Horror. The series is complete in 16 volumes. These novelettes focused on domination fantasies, all illustrated by Joe Shuster and published as "perfect-bound" volumes with square backs as opposed to most publications in the genre that are "saddle-stitched" (two staples at the center page).

The titles that dominated the genre were published by Irving Klaw and Burmel from the early 1950s to the mid-1960s. I am not including any of the Klaw, Mutrix magazines here at the moment; and will include some of the Burmel and Selbee titles at the end of the post. Note that all these magazines were published clandestinely and were not available through conventional retail outlets, i.e. not for sale at the corner candy store. However, there were many adult only bookshops in Times Square offering the fetish/domination magazines "under-the-counter" as they were forbidden to be sold in public and otherwise.

In this first group I concentrated on late 1940s, early 1950s novelettes, from small publishers; all are square bound. Within this genre, many collectors paid little attention to these early examples because they were not from known publishers and not illustrated by the usual suspects: Eric Stanton, John Willie, Bill Ward or Eneg (Gene Bilbrew). Today these titles and similar publications, remain amongst the scarcest and least understood within the genre, raising questions as to who were the publishers, the writers and the illustrators. 

In the Claws of Terror. A Satan Publication. Cover plus two illustrated pages.

Mistress of Leather. Privately printed.

White Lace. Front and back covers.

Aristocratic Discipline. Front and back covers. Note the similarities between the illustration style and that of Joe Shuster's for the Nights of Horror series.


The following three magazines are all staple bound along the left side indicating a less professional approach to the publication process. The pages were printed in a relatively simple production process eliminating the need for folding and binding into a more conventional method (perfect bound or saddle stitch).

Princess Dominata. Published by Glass Slipper. Illustrations attributed to Eneg (Gene Bilbrew).

 A Week at Bizarre Manor. Illustrations by Eneg (Gene Bilbrew).

 The Dominate Female of How to Train a Husband. Front and back covers (back cover using translucent, yellow paper). Illustrations by Eneg (Gene Bilbrew). 
Gene Bilbrew material in my eBay store can be found here.


The next group of illustrations were published as loose, unbound pages, all by Irving Klaw. Most of these types of publications from Klaw were sold through his catalogs in "chapters" usually in groups of four or eight pages at a time. It seems that the rationale was to publish the pages as they were completed by the illustrators (Eneg [aka Gene Bilbrew], Van Rod [also Eneg], Ruiz and Stanton) who were overworked and underpaid and thus, notoriously late getting the finished work delivered for print.

Four pages (above) from Bound Vixen. Illustrated by Van Rod (Gene Bilbrew).

 Three pages (above) from TV Domination. Illustrated by Eneg (Gene Bilbrew).

Three pages from Satan In High Heels. Illustrations by Eneg (Gene Bilbrew).


The remaining scans are all of digest magazines with a conventional saddle-stitched (stapled) binding. The publishers include Zucca, Satellite, Burmel and Selbee as well as two which are unknown. 

Unique. Exotic, Bizarre, Esoteric. One-shot? 

Devil Doll. Illustrated by Eneg (Gene Bilbrew)

Ultra. Issues one and two with cover illustrations by Eneg (Gene Bilbrew).
Published by Zucca. Four issues, all published.
Ultra magazines in my eBay store can be found here.

The next group were all published by Selbee.

Masque. Cover illustrations by Eneg (Gene Bilbrew).
All four issues published.

Issues No.1 and 2 of Connoisseur, both illustrated by Eneg (Gene Bilbrew)

 Forced Femininity. Cover illustration by Eric Stanton

 Cherchez La Femme...In Drag. Cover illustration by Eric Stanton.

Rubber Bound. Cover illustration by Eric Stanton.

The next three magazines are Satellite publications. Klaw's New York City operation, after having cease and desist orders brought against it in New York state, moved part of their business to Jersey City, New Jersey. Jersey was where Satellite was established in the early 1960s. The magazines, circa early to mid-1960s.

 Bound Correspondence Issue No.2. Cover illustration by Eneg (Gene Bilbrew).

Two covers above: Burlesque Brawl and Strange Partners, illustrated by Eric Stanton and Eneg (Gene Bilbrew) respectively.

The next and final group are all Exotique (Burmel) Publications.
Exotique magazines in my eBay store can be found here.

Adonis In High-Heels. 

Secretary's Revenge an ExotiqueExotique Foto-Fiction.

 Exotique No.15. Cover illustration by Eneg (Gene Bilbrew).

 Booted Discipline. Exotique Special Issue. Cover illustration by Eneg (Gene Bilbrew).

 Exotique No.5. Cover illustration by Eneg (Gene Bilbrew).

 Exotique No.14. Cover illustration by Eric Stanton.

 Exotique No.9. Cover illustration by Eric Stanton.
Exotique magazines in my eBay store can be found here.

Illustration by Eric Stanton used as a back cover for many Selbee publications
of the early to mid-1960s.