Sunday, February 17, 2013

BLACK MODELS Photos + Magazines 1950s -1960s

It took time, but eventually black models were featured in men's magazines. There were some newsstand magazines in the late 1950s, such as Bronze Thrills, but nothing more appealing to "adult" buyers. As with most of the speciality magazines, the all-black titles started as digest-size and then moved up to full-size publications. Parliament, as with most of its successful titles, kept expanding "the line" as buyers created increasing demand.  

Cloud Nine (full-size) published by Parliament in Los Angeles; Tan N' Terrific (digest-size) published in New York, distributed by World Wide News Corp. (WWNC). 

And a few photographs....

Preceding publication of the magazines, 4" x 5" glossy photographs featuring black models could be found sparingly in the shops in Times Square. They were sold in sets, sealed in cellophane, published in the early -1950s and throughout the 1960s.

Two photographs of the stripper Salambo by Jacques Exertier Paris 
photographer; circa early 1960s.

Amateur style color photograph circa early 1960s

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