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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Centrefold Venus of the Month 67: Laura Heaton-Smith, December 1975




Well, it's time for another Centrefold of the Month, although we are now a year behind and still filling gaps from the past but no matter, we will be putting some new ladies up over the next month or so.  




So here we have the really rather magnificent Laura, photographed by Clive McLean before he left Britain to go and work for Larry Flynt at Hustler




It's back over forty tears for this one, which is from Mayfair's December 1975 issue.  We don't feature many Mayfair centrefold girls but we were very taken with this one. This is the period when magazines like Penthouse, Club International and Men Only were starting to show glimpses of their model's labia for the first time. Mayfair, however, did not.




The splendidly bushy subject of the pictorial is one Laura Heaton-Smith.  We don't know if Laura was her real name but we suspect not.  Mayfair, as we have seen before, liked to pretend that all its models were posh types from the shires who lived in mews houses in Chelsea and drove E-type Jaguars.




Laura, they claimed, was a cashier in a restaurant called Charlie's in Wardour Street.  Wardour Street, in Soho, was renamed as such in 1686 (it had been in existence under a different name for at least a century before that) after Sir Edward Wardour a local landowner.




During the twentieth century it became the centre of the British film industry and many British film production companies had their HQs there.  Today there are  a lot of restaurants (none called Charlie's, though), including a large Chinese one, Wong Kei,, which Triple P used to go to a lot with a previous girlfriend.




Mayfair also claimed that Laura was born in Lusaka, Zambia and went to school in Cape Town which also may or may not be true.




While Mayfair made a conscious decision not to follow the other UK magazines down the more and more revealing route this pictorial shows that, given the right girl and the right photographer, they could still turn out a sexy pictorial.




The 33-24-33 Laura is certainly a sexy girl indeed and Mclean knows how to get the best from her in what is, for Mayfair at the time, an unusually crotch-focussed pictorial. 




Faux masturbation shots were only just appearing in the other magazines but Laura is certainly tickling her fancy here.  In usual Mayfair style, her parts are tastefully concealed but her fingers are drawing attention to her pussy anyway.








Three assertive rear-end view shots are also very prominent pussy promoting pictures with some barely concealed camel-toe (although the phrase would not have been used at the time as it was nineties in origin).




All these pale in comparison to this final pussylicious shot of Laura in her very clingy knickers. Splendid!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Chronicles of Triple P: 1979 - I am Curious, Orange





I have posted the next episode of myerotic recollections, The Chronicles of Triple P, here. For the next few years I have got very good records of my thoughts and activities so will be able to recount them in some detail. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Venus on the Cover 5: A Pubic Wars Special - 1975 Part 1

January 1975


In this post, we will continue our look at American men's magazine covers of the seventies and how they gradually became more and more revealing as the decade went on.  Here we will focus on the first half of 1975, when those largely previously hidden nipples started to pop up all over the cover of men's magazines, like so many tasty strawberries. The progression, however, was not consistent; although it is amazing how many magazines made the tit-revealing leap very close together in time,  As ever, once a particular magazine has taken a step forward as regards the amount of display on the cover, we will not show further issues unless they make another jump.

Stag's  rather lovely January girl boldly displays her uncovered right breast in profile; the first un-obscured nipple on the magazine's cover.  Most of the magazines started by showing the less assertive profile view of bare breasts, as nicely demonstrated here.


January 1975


Sir magazine was also only risking the less provocative profile view at this point, although not exactly spending a lot of money on set decoration. The retention of the blouse at least makes an attempt at a bit of tease but the girl is a bit harsh looking.


January 1975


Jaguar was going for the profile shot as well but they, nervously, ensured the naughty nipple still wasn't on view.  There is a prominent bottom display, however, from their very ripe centrefold, Frieda, although a distracting background and an even more distracting Jaguar figure made the whole thing look a bit of a ropey, downmarket, mess.


January 1975


The far from downmarket Oui went for the semi-transparent look for their covergirl. Ann Randall, who had been Playboy's Playmate of the Month for May 1967.  She was thirty years old when this shot was taken by Dwight Hooker.  Beautiful lighting, as you would expect, makes the whole thing look much classier than their cheaper rivals.


January 1975


The increasingly old fashioned looking Male did go full colour for their 25th anniversary edition but their models were still partially concealed by semi-transparent tops.  They retained the busy, small inset pictures which were a leftover from the old pulp adventure magazines of the forties and fifties.


January 1975


Hustler, perhaps surprisingly, had barely even gone with just transparent clothes for their covergirls.  It's all very soft, romantic and early seventies Penthouse-like, right down to the flute.  In fact, Hustler never did become a great advocate for bare breasts on the cover.


January 1975


Cavalcade's rather beefy January cover model was still stuck in the previous year (or even the one before that) as regards exposure.  Really, no artistic effort appeared to go into this cover shot at all, apart from a few cheap looking curtains and the clothing is really there just to conceal (perhaps thankfully) much of her figure.  It's almost Readers Wives quality this one.


January 1975


Cavalier was going for this slightly more subtle approach, although the bust presenting girl in the smaller picture in the tope left corner was quite assertive.  This shot of a Nicole Kidman look-a-like, however, was their most nipple revealing shot to date.  The teasing tongue makes the picture.


January 1975


Gallery, now it had broken the bare bust barrier the previous year, had Linda add some assertive spread thighs for their January issue in a cover shot by top photographer Eugene Finkei.  It's not subtle but it's well done.


January 1975


Game (a UK/US co-production) had had bare breasts from the start for the magazine's first issues at the end of 1974. They continued in the same vein with their January cover, very much aping the early seventies Penthouse style.


January 1975


Playboy had a break from their picture gallery-style covers in January 1974 because of the rabbit head 20th anniversary cover.  However, the framed centrefolds were back for 1975, with not only bare breasts but also, daringly and for the first time, pubic hair presented on their Playmate review pictures.


February 1975


By February 1975 Cavalcade had given up on the last vestiges of covering for their girls and presented another beefy but this time naked cover model.  Not a great deal of artistic effort has gone into this one either!  Hugh Hefner, who worried about such things, would never have permitted the creases in the girl's flesh to appear!


February 1975


Male went the same way that month too, having their first uncovered girl on the cover, although they still went for the one breast in profile approach. A rather more refined image compared with Cavalcade's approach but it loses impact because of all the text and other photos.  The main shot is a nice one, though, with a Penthouse style long pearl rope.


February 1975


Stag was keeping with the bust in profile approach too but for February gave readers the entire naked girl, not just her top half, as in January.  A cute shot of a cute girl, here, we think.


 February 1975


Swank also had its most upfront cover although their cover girl didn't actually have much front and displayed some of the smallest breasts to ever appear on the cover of a men's magazine..  She would not have gone down well at Triple P's school at the time!  Still, there was a bit more art direction in evidence compared with some of its rivals.  


February 1975


Modern Man was still going in for coy concealment although their February girl's thumbs weren't anything like large enough to conceal her nipples entirely.  It was obviously just the teats that they were worried about. A rather uncomfortable looking shot.


 February 1975


Another new men's magazine appeared in the US that month, in the shape of British publisher Paul Raymond's Club, which re-cycled material from the UK Men Only magazine.  No naked breasts but an assertively displayed crotch in this rather unladylike pose.  The girl didn't appear inside.


February 1975


Playboy Playmate of the Month, Laura Misch, was slightly popping out of her top in this picture by Richard Fegley.  Exposed areola on one side, tiny rabbit head on the other.


February 1975


The first bare nipple for Man's World, too, in February, using the industry standard profile view at first.  Nice smile!


February 1975


Nugget's February covergirl shot is familiar from the small picture on the cover of Cavalier's January issue, as it is the same bust grasping shot, in the magazine's most revealing cover to date.


March 1975


March had Cavalier presenting their centrefold, Barbara Carey, on the cover and displaying the magazine's first fully visible nipple at last.  Nicely done.


March 1975


Club's second issue had a fully naked girl on the cover, albeit only displaying her posterior, appropriately, for what would become the most bottom focused magazine of the top five mens' magazines on sale in the US in the seventies.




Rather surprisingly, perhaps, given its later excesses, Hustler came late to nipple displaying and this rather modest example was their first cover offering any areola exposure.  The red flower is definitely Penthouse inspired.


March 1975


For March, Cavalcade showed nipples for the first time, eschewing the coy profile shot and jumping straight in with an assertive full on double display, set against some hideous seventies fabric.


 March 1975 


Man to Man was still rather more coy than most of the other magazines by this point.  Their cover girl is just showing a hint in a shot taking from the three quarters rear position.  Still, it's an effective composition.


March 1975


At last, Men had abandoned the transparent tops and concealing poses to present their March cover girl's tan lines and more.



 March 1975


Mr. was another modest magazine featuring modestly covered girls although the March issue had their lady flashing a little bit more than they had to date.


March 1975


We don't know what it was about March 1975 but Stud chose that issue as well to have their cover girl flaunting her whole chest for the first time.  Nice girl and teasing tongue action, again.


March 1975


The American magazine For Men Only is not to be confused with the UK magazine Men Only, produced by Paul Raymond Publications  The main reason that Paul Raymond's magazine, (launched in the US earlier in 1975) was called Club (using pictorials and other material from Men Only in the UK) is because of the prior existence of For Men Only.  After having bikini clad ladies followed by, for some months in 1974, naked but nipple hiding pictures. they presented the rather miserable looking Sue Anne, here in a double profile shot.


April 1975


Into April and Ace was still using the not very revealing profile view for their cover girl in a rather poorly composited on a black background shot.


April 1975


Sir's covergirl was even more modest; almost but not quite covering her nipples with the straps from her dress.  Cute, wonky smile though.


April 1975


Debonair had a bare (if rather flat) bottom but its cover girl's bust was still shown in profile, although her nipple was visible for the first time.


April 1975


It's not immediately apparent at first glance but Club included their first bare nipple on their April cover.


April 1975


After a series of more modest busts in profile Stag eventually got their girl bare breasted and face on to the camera in April, although there was some moody lighting making her not quite so in your face as some of the other magazines.


April 1975


Jaguar surrendered on the nipple front too in April with a three quarters view being the natural progression from the previous few month's profile views. Again, you wouldn't call the girl exactly skinny.


April 1975


Not quite full exposure yet on the cover of Mr, but very nearly, with teats in evidence for the first time.




Having revealed one breast on the cover of their March issue Cavalier nearly went all the way with their most assertive photo yet, for April. One fully exposed, one in profile.  Nearly there!




Gent was all about two things and their April cover gave us this over the top display, although the lady is partly concealing herself, still.  As our friends at school would have observed during this period: "She's got knockers like watermelons!"



April 1975


Man's World went one better than their earlier efforts with this full-on double display for April with their rather surprised looking covergirl.


April 1975


It's still a concealed nipple for Nugget but this shot is all about the provocatively displayed bottom, anyway. With the feather boa and the long string of pearls this is pure Penthouse in style.


April 1975


Penthouse itself wasn't being as coy on the cover and here presented the slightly soft-focus but still assertively displayed Judy Clayton, as photographed by Jeff Dunas.


May 1975


Stag has a slightly more assertive display this month too, bringing their covergirl's nipples out of the shadows.  Penthouse style out of focus foliage here, in a rather classier photo than some of its contemporaries. 


May 1975


We suspect that the rather rodent-like Candid girl did not come from one of the top model agencies, as she falls out of her classic seventies print dress.  She is the same girl as in Cavalcade's March issue.


May 1975


It's amazing how much Penthouse style these magazines were displaying in their photographic approach at this point and here we have Winnie, a girl with a red flower.  She has Cavaliers' most revealing double display to date.


May 1975


For Men Only was first published in 1937 and for the first three and half decades of its existence was an adventure stories pulp.  The stories and 'factual' pieces made up most of the magazine and even at this stage, with this bare busted lovely on the cover, there were no real girly pictorials.  Within a couple of months they would be publicising two naked girl pictorials a month on their covers, however,  The magazine folded in 1980.


May 1975


Man to Man was also an older magazine, first being published in 1949.  Its fifties covers did, at least, feature cheesecake style photos of girls (unlike For Men Only, which persisted with Pulp paintings into the late sixties).  After their earlier bust profile shots they finally went all out with this one.  The magazine continued until the early eighties.


May 1975


Jaguar at last got their covergirl to bare her bust front-on, in May.  Jaguar, which first appeared as a Playboy clone in the mid sixties, didn't even make it to the end of the decade, shutting up shop in 1978.


May 1975 


Club, perhaps surprisingly, was still at the teasing stage, with only a partial reveal by Debbie in a shot by Fred Enke.  She would later go on to become porn star Debbie Winters. 


May 1975


Dude was another magazine from the mid fifties and its covers showed a lot of creativity, initially not showing women at all or only partially.  They did, however, look exactly like Playboy's covers.  In the sixties they began showing women giving out a lot of cleavage and by the seventies their cover girls were all about big tits.   This was their first full nipple reveal.  The 1975 teasing tongue makes another appearance.


May 1975


Hustler was till keeping its covergirls covered apart from a little peak of this pale and interesting sequinned creature.


June 1975


At last Club presented its first bare nipple on the cover.  Rather more racy was the hint of visible pubic hair underneath the girl's semi transparent knickers, however.


June 1975


While Adam's June cover is still using the see-through fabric to cover their model's nipples we can also see a hint of pubic hair under the material by the rose petals. Bold (but subtle) stuff, indeed.


June 1975


Nugget's first nipple on the cover for June and presented in a way that you can't miss it.  We do like a girl with that buck teeth look!


June 1975


Flick was another short lived magazine that focussed on erotic films and in this case they focussed on porn start Brigitte Maier and her perky pair.


 June 1975


Duke lasted about ten years, first appearing in 1967.  This was also their first nipple baring cover.  It's not particularly subtle and the girl looks quite scary.  Randomly piled up cushions were always a favourite, though.


June 1975


So that's it for the first half of 1975.  Next time we look at the second half of 1975, where some of the girls lose their innocence and pose rather more provocatively.