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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Venus on sale: Playboy returns to WH Smiths

Triple P was in WH Smiths on Waterloo station on Friday evening and noticed that they had Playboy on sale for the first time in many years.  WH Smiths is Britain's biggest and oldest (established 1792) newsagents but banned the sale of adult magazines such as Playboy, after pressure from feminists, in 1997. WH Smith's wouldn't admit this, of course, and just said it was due to reduced demand.  However, this was only in its 550 High Street shops; in its 187 airport and railway station (Smiths opened its first railway station shop in 1848) shops the magazines continued on sale.  Three years later they announced they would be re-introducing them in the high street before campaigners forced a u-turn.  This didn't effect profits though, because in their role as Britain's biggest magazine producer, with 45% of the market, they distributed 80 adult titles to independent newsagents and received 17% of the cover price for doing so.  The retail and distribution arms were de-merged in 2006.

Playboy uncovered

Recently. Smiths has given in to campaigners (they were holding out in 2011 when the Co-op was pushing for covers on lads' mags) and put covers on its adult magazines.  Better this than not selling them and we think this may actually boost sales.  Interestingly, we were in  a branch of WH Smiths in Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport last week and there were no covers on their adult magazines.  Whether this will come or whether they will treat airport shops differently remains to be seen. Certainly, it has got to be good for Playboy's sales given the difficulty of finding anywhere that sold it in the UK.  Latterly, the only adult magazines on sale in Smith's airport and railway station shops were those published by Paul Raymond Publications, such as Mayfair and Men Only. Playboy had been dropped. This made it very difficult to get the magazine in Britain. Triple P only knew of one small newsagents in St Martin's Lane in London and the nearby Cinema Store which stocked it regularly.  Now we have to decide whether to support WH Smith's for re-stocking it or continue to support the independent shops we bought it from before. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Venus Revealed: The Pubic Wars Part 11 1979 part 4

It's time to begin what was supposed to be our very last Pubic Wars post; covering the last quarter of the seventies.  Originally, when we began these posts, we had intended to finish once we got to the end of 1979.  The Pubic Wars between Penthouse and Playboy were, by this time, long over, so the end of the seventies seemed like a good place to stop.   However, the posts seem so popular (some of them have had tens of thousands of views) and Triple P's particular Canadian friends S and C  seem to enjoy helping to search out obscure pictures for them, so I have decided to continue through the eighties, even if there wasn't actually a Pubic War as such anymore.  There were issues about levels of visual explicitness in magazines still, however, and what was shown see-sawed between more modest than the seventies and more explicit during the eighties.  There are certainly enough beautiful girls to appreciate so we will continue on...

Anyway, Playboy's October issue saw a rare man on the cover in the understandably beaming shape of Burt Reynolds, here tweaking the tail of Gig Gangel who will lead off our coverage of the eighties as she would go on to be Playmate of the Month for January 1980.  Nice use of turquoise!

Colleen Camp.  Not Miss May

The first Playmate centrefold in the magazine is actually a fake.  Playboy put this together to be used in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocaplypse Now which, after a very long gestation period had been shown at the Cannes film festival that year.  The plot called for three Playmates to be taken to Vietnam to entertain the troops.  There was no problem for Playmates Cynthia Wood and Linda Carpenter who played two of the centrefold girls  but actress Colleen Camp had to get her tits out for this faux centrefold.  She does not, it has to be said, disgrace the title of Playmate in any way.  Most of Camp's scenes were cut from the final film although her part is much larger in the Redux cut of the film.  

Give me a clue.  Alright, two clues

She started acting, mainly on TV, in 1973 and has not really stopped; appearing in American Hustle (2013) last year and with two more films in production.  In the eighties she featured in the Police Academy films and appeared, memorably, as a French maid in the film Clue (1985) which was based on the board game Cluedo.

The actual Playmate of the Month for October was German-born Ursula Buchfellner, photographed by Peter Weissbrich.  Buchfellner, one of ten children, grew up grindingly poor in a a dingy part of Munich.  A Playboy Germany editor spotted her on the street and called in Weissbrich to photographer her.  She'd never heard of Playboy but had no concerns about taking her clothes off as she used to go swimming naked in the river with her siblings all the time, she claimed.  

Ursula in German Playboy

She appeared as the Playmate in Playboy Germany's December 1977 edition.  She was still only eighteen when her US edition was published.  She had posed for the German edition when she was two years younger than that.  Luckily for Ursula, a TV crew in Germany was making a documentary about Playmates and she was featured extensively.  Film producers, magazines and fashion houses started to call.

In the following edition of Playboy, for November 1979, the annual Sex in Cinema feature carried this shot of Ursula "acting" in the Terence (Dr No) Young directed Sydney Sheldon film Bloodline, although her scene was cut from the film.  I'm sure the actor concerned enjoyed having the naked teenager squirming all over him, anyway.

She went on to appear in dozens of films, many of which involved her having to take her clothes of.  In the eighties and nineties, however, she started to get proper roles on German television.

On the cover of Mayfair, August 1981

As Sally Butler in Mayfair

She also carried on appearing in men's magazines although always at the more tasteful end of the market, with appearances in Lui, Mayfair and Italy's Playmen.

Ursula in Club International

The only thing that came even close to a more explicit shoot was a pictorial for Club International where in one shot she just offered a hint of her bits.  

In September 1982 she appeared on the cover and inside Lui in a stunning set of pictures by Raoul Ahoup which included this enticing peek-a-boo see-through knickers shot.

From November 1985 Penthouse

In November 1985 she became only the second  Playboy Playmate to appear in the pages of Penthouse (after Deanna Baker).  This was not a shoot specially done for Penthouse, however, they just used pictures from the session by Ahoup featured in Lui three years before but we did get this superb rear view.

Finally, that month, Playboy had one of their regular pictorials on Bunny Girls.  Traditionally these had often been a little bit more explicit than the Playmate pictorials over the last few years.  However, the new conservatism on the pages of Playboy was even being seen here and only Cincinnati Bunny Carol Stapleton (barely) flashed her bits this year.

Oui managed to get some uncovered nipples on the cover for the first time since March 1978 by having them in black and white trailing their models retrospective inside.  As had been the case of late, Oui featured a girl on the cover who did not appear inside the magazine.  The 5'10" tall Greta Blackburn was from California and began her modelling career as a teenager.

Greta in V: The Final Battle (1984)

Twenty-four years old at the time she would get her first acting role the same year in short-lived TV rescue drama series 240-Robert, a sort of early Baywatch.  She then worked steadily in TV and films until 2003.

Blackburn today

She then became founding editor of Ms Fitness magazine and now does lots of work on anti-ageing and fitness for the over fifties. It's obviously working as she still looks good at the age of 59.

Increasingly Oui was not getting its models to show their labia anymore which meant that it was now, in effect, the same as stablemate Playboy.  The photographs were as excellent as before, however, as demonstrated by Jessie, photographed by R. Scott Hooper    Hooper was from Iowa and learned his photography in the photo division of the National Guard.  He moved to Las Vegas in 1966 where he has lived and worked ever since.  

Famous for shooting the featured women on over 800 covers for Vegas Visitor magazine he started to do work for Playboy in the seventies and, famously, discovered and shot September 1977 Playmate Debra Jo Fondren, the girl with the 52" long hair.  His centrefold picture of her was actually taken in the back garden of his Las Vegas house as it would have been impossible to get the 8x10 camera used for centrefolds out to the desert location used for many of the other photographs in her pictorial.

Centrefold girl for that issue was Abby, the only girl in the issue to offer up a little flash.  Her pictorial was shot by Brian Anderson in Guadeloupe.  They said she was a Canadian who went to  a convent school (which resonates for Agent Triple P) but you couldn't believe a word they said, of course.

The dangers of the fictitious background were demonstrated in that issue as it contained a series of photographs of previous models from the magazine.  One of those featured was February 1972 Penthouse Pet of the Month Carole Augustine who had appeared in Oui in 1974 .  The accompanying piece talked about what she was doing in 1979.  Tragically, and certainly unknown to Oui, Augustine had died in 1975.   This picture was a new one and hadn't appeared in their May 1974 pictorial.

Oui had four pictorials that month and the last one featured the gorgeous Olinka Hardiman who had appeared in Lui in March that year.  Eric Muller's shoot includes one or two spread legs poses but the really stunning photo is this wonderful portrait.  What a beauty!

Aslan's pin-up for October was this patently non-natural blonde.  We're not quite sure what's happening to her dress on the right.  Maybe a dog has grabbed it.  Lovely skin tone as ever.

It wasn't often that Penthouse had a dud cover but this faintly disturbing shot by Pat Hill of June 1977 Pet of the Month, Dominique Maure is one of them.  We're not quite sure what it is (the eye make-up?) but they have taken a lovely girl and made her look slightly alien.

All was forgiven with the first pictorial of the lovely Carol Ann Wilkin, however. This was shot by Carl Wachter in only his third Penthouse pictorial.  He would go on to do over a hundred Penthouse pictorials over the next several decades.  A particular master of lighting, he also took a very keen interest in set design and costuming and was responsible for many of the striking fantasy (in the Conan the Barbarian sense) Penthouse pictorials of the nineties.  Carol has several pussy teasing shots and Penthouse would start to increase the number of these in pictorials over the next few years, to the extent that it would be unusual for the model not to be shown indulging in faux masturbation.

More pussy probing from Pet of the Month Tammy Hill whose own faux masturbation shot by Earl Miller looks a little less faux than most.

Many Pets of the time just did the one shoot for Penthouse and went back to their normal lives. Others were well known models who did work for other magazines as well.  "Tammy" (we have no idea of her real name and she appeared under a number of different ones) was one of these.  She is quite easy to spot in magazines of the time because of a distinctive gap in her top teeth.

She appeared in quite a few other magazines around this time including a number of other centrefolds.  We well remember this pictorial from Men Only by RB Kane, which featured her, as Carol, in a striking yellow vest.

Here she is enjoying a grape in a most unusual way.

Elite was a Canadian men's magazine which, at this time, was more extreme on the pussy displaying front than Penthouse and was more akin to Hustler.  From the month after her Penthouse appearance, November 1979, she gives it some assertive labia spreading for the Canadian market.

In January 1980 she appeared in Chic in a girl/girl set photographed by Clive McLean called Harem and very splendid she looked too!

Penthouse's. final pictorial in October wasn't a conventional one but was one of the magazine's occasional forays into the artistic end of erotic photography.  The piece featured photographs by Frenchman Jean-Paul Goude of some of the last burlesque acts centered around Times Square in New York, at a time when they were being driven out by peep shows and erotic film theatres.  The flexible young lady here is the wonderfully named Lady Infinity, the Orgasmic Pretzel.

Meanwhile, across the other side of the world, Penthouse launched its latest overseas edition.  Unlike some that came and went this is still going strong.  Penthouse Australia eventually had a complex series of editions unlike in any other country.  As we have seen in past posts, the UK edition, for example, at this time was having issues with the increasingly explicit couples and girl/girl pictorials to the extent that they were removing certain photos and in some cases not using pictorials at all.  Some shots in regular pictorials were sometimes censored too.  Things were more complex in Australia because of its Federal nature with censorship laws varying from state to state.

Initially, therefore,  Australian Penthouse was a lot less explicit than the American edition with, essentially, no depiction of labia in the magazine.  Here, for example, is Verity Hamilton from the first issue.  She is just showing a glimpse down below but this was as strong as it got.  Eventually, Penthouse Australia came up with the novel solution of multiple editions.  While the national edition got a bit more explicit during the second half of eighties some states had stricter censorship so a special less explicit version was produced for them from August 1986. The rules related to material on sale in newsstands, so in August 1983 a Subscribers Edition was launched which had more explicit pictorials and Penthouse's famous love sets (which were not in the regular edition).  This edition was re-named Black Label in May 1986 and, ten years later, included the first hardcore pictorial in any edition of Penthouse worldwide.  To add to the confusion, from September 1988 they started publishing a Limited Edition available at newsstands with more explicit solo pictorials but no couples sets.  You couldn't get the couples sets at newsstands until January 1994 when they launched a fifth edition called Penthouse Plus.

One thing Penthouse Australia did from the start was to feature local models.  The first edition had all Aussie girls although later on they would take many of the sets from the US editions but often with quite different pictures.  See our recent post on Susan Gabrielson for an example.  Of course Australian Penthouse girl in excelsis was recently elected Pet of the Year Cheryl Rixon, who had been an actress in Oz before moving to the US.  It was not surprising, therefore, to find an extensive pictorial on her in the premier issue.  Again, this shot is the most explicit of those published; more like US Penthouse in early 1974, really.  A gorgeous shot, though.

Genesis' October issue featured Britain's Rosemarie England sitting pretty in the sunshine.

Hustler jumped on the post Pretty Baby bandwagon with its attempt at a nymphet cover.  Despite the bunches she hardly looks like a youngster, however,

Certainly all woman was the model only described as "knotty woman" by the magazine.  She had such well developed labia that she could actually, as she demonstrated, tie them together.  Agent Triple P likes fleshy labia but we have never encountered one of these butterfly types.  Intriguing!

Of rather more conventional proportions was Swedish-born Inga (it's amazing how many of Larry Flynt's models were, according to Hustler, born in Sweden), that month's Hustler's Honey but here she appears to be attempting to stretch her labia out in a case of lips envy, perhaps.

They actually called Suze Randall's cover girl Lolita for her pictorial and she is surrounded with childish toys as several other magazines had done before in jumping on the Pretty Baby nymphet bandwagon.  However, Hustler, which was a strong crusader against those who sought to pursue real life Lolita situations, carefully pointed out. in the text accompanying the piece, that this sort of thing was just for adult role-playing.  Whether this approach in the text was always intended or they had a failure of nerve when looking at Randall's pictures we don't know.  Two years earlier they would not been quite so circumspect, we suspect.

The final pictorial was a couples one called Making Waves by Clive McLean.  Its two protagonists, including a stunning young lady, were having fun on an inflatable mattress in a pool.  Triple P's own experiences of this sort of water-borne manoeuvre have not been very successful but McLean manages to make a damply sensuous feature out of what is, in reality, a rather impractical situation.

Even more sensuous are these outtakes, which demonstrate that the man wasn't able to remain flaccid (as he appeared in the pages of the magazine) during the shoot.  Not surprisingly, given his deliciously damp companion.  The one above is a particularly effective shot and it wouldn't be long until Hustler incorporated this "are they or aren't they" pose into the actual magazine.

Playboy's cover girl was Los Angeles model Phyllis McCreary in Jean Harlow mode to publicise that issue's annual Sex in Cinema feature.  McReary went on to marry a man called Bryan Harvey who made millions from an invention related to electric wires.  He and Phyllis set up a charitable foundation and became major philanthropists.  Phyllis died in 2011 at the age of 59 and her husband accused her psychiatrist of causing her death through heart problems by giving her an inappropriate mixture of drugs while simultaneously persuading her to give him nearly half a million dollars in research funding.

The first pictorial trailed a TV movie produced by Playboy called The Death of Ocean View Park (1979) and starring Mike Connors and Martin Landau.  As part of the film, the producers demolished a real nineteen twenties roller coaster at Ocean View Park, Virginia.  The roller coaster resisted two sets of charges and eventually had to be dragged down by a bulldozer fitted with cables.  Playboy got one of the minor actresses in the film, Linda Brooks, to pose at the park for this pictorial.  This was her first film, but she appeared in a number of TV films including Death of a Centerfold (1981), one of two films made about tragic Playboy centrefold Dorothy Stratten.

That month's centrefold, French Canadian Syvie Garant, demonstrated the Playboy spread legs but now invisible labia pose which would dominate the first few years of the eighties. Garant moved to Toronto from her native Quebec when she was fifteen and was spotted by a modelling agency when she was working in  a Yorkville boutique.  She was one of the future Playmates picked by the 25th Anniversary Playmate Hunt and travelled extensively for Playboy, before returning to Canada.  Interviewed by the Toronto Sunday Sun at the time the magazine was published, she indicated that she did not want to do any more nude work. When asked if she would consider posing for a magazine like Hustler she replied: "No never.  I wouldn't even think about it.  Playboy has a lot more class than all the others."

The stills in the Sex in Cinema pictorial were notably less racy than usual, although there was one photograph of an assertive split beaver from Jessie St James, starring in a Superman porn parody.  The producers wanted to call the film Supergirl until DC Comics took them to court and had them change the name and remove any Superman style logos from the film.

Jessie St James in Ms Magnificent (1979)

Renamed Ms Magnificent, in the film St James plays alien villainess Kreeta Borgia, here seducing the Clarke Kent-like Mike Horner by flashing her pussy at him while sitting on his desk.  This works and he soon jumps her for an enthusiastic desktop session.  We'll see more of St James later in the eighties.

Playboy's final pictorial that month featured US Army lab specialist Colleen Donovan. She revealed in the interview that she was about to leave the army which was just as well given this close to revealing shot. As other serving personnel were to find, the US armed forces were not exactly enamoured of their female staff posing for Playboy

What better way to illustrate your article on the best local beers in America than by having a girl in a back to front swimsuit pour beer over her chest.  This joyous photograph was by Phillip Dixon and the 24 year old subject was, appropriately, Milwaukee-born Jeana Tomasino.  At this point described by Oui as an actress (she had just finished filming a tiny part for the Playboy-funded supernatural roller coaster TV movie The Death of Ocean View Park (1979) mentioned above), we will see her again in a year's time when she became Playboy Playmate of the Month for November 1980.

Oui's second girl, Audrey, was photographed by Brian Anderson and was patently not a natural blonde.  Oui claimed that she was from London but who knows really.  Oui did use a lot of British girls and, for some reason, claimed that some were who weren't.  We suppose it had to have something to do with them being a more European focussed magazine.  Throughout the pictorial her groin was carefully hidden in the Playboy style.

Fancy a roll in the grass?

Another European girl, according to Oui, was Bethina, that month's centrefold girl, who was from Denmark.  It continued on with some nonsense about her wanting to be a pastry chef; probably so they could use the tag line on one page "Bethina enjoys a hot roll in the morning!"  Good grief.   Still, lovely pictures by Jeff Dunas, although she becomes the first Oui centrefold not to flash her bits for many months.

After all this modesty from the other girls in the magazine it was something of a surprise to find that Piper, as photographed by John Copeland, not only flashed her bits but parted her labia in an assertively Hustler style way.  A first for Oui.

The final pictorial (by Richard Fegley), Dr Jekyll and Miss Hyde is a re-working of the excellent 1971 Hammer film Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde where, on drinking his potion, Hyde turns into a woman (played by Martine Beswick in the original film).  Of course, after her transformation, the first thing Miss Hyde does is fondle her pussy.   Look at the quality of the set dressing here. 

That month's Aslan pin-up painting featured a little light bondage, unusually.

November 1979's Penthouse featured Pet of the Year Cheryl Rixon on the cover, from her Bob Guccione photographed pictorial inside.

Pet of the Month Danielle Ginibre had appeared on the cover back in December 1977 in a shot that had obviously come from the same shoot by Stan Malinowski as her pictures here, which featured in the magazine nearly two years later.  While it was not unknown for Pets to have to wait some time until their pictorials appeared, this was an unusually long gap, especially considering that the girl didn't get paid until the pictorial was published.  While masturbatory pictures for Pets were becoming common at this point her labia delving shot here would have been even more daring in 1977, when it was shot.

 As Maggie in Hustler

One answer to the delay may be that she appeared in the July 1977 issue of Hustler where she appeared as "Maggie".  Perhaps Penthouse wanted to wait before featuring the same girl as their Pet of the Month

There were only two pictorials of girls in the November issue as the other one was promoting the curious book Rude Food, which became an inexplicable best seller at the time.   However, the other pictorial was good compensation as it was the Pet of the Year shoot of Australian actress and model Cheryl Rixon by Bob Guccione, who was still taking the annual Pet of the Year pictorials.  Rixon had been living in Guccione's New York Mansion and he flew her by Concorde to London for this shoot which was done over a week in his apartment there.  Rixon had observed model Janice Dickinson doing some yoga in the gym and replicated one of these athletic poses for a delighted Guccione.

Rixon had to wait almost two years herself before she appeared as Pet of the Year as her Pet of the Month issue was back, coincidentally, in the same December 1977 issue which Danielle Ginibre was on the cover of.  This led to the curious situation where Ginibre fronted Rixon's Pet issue in 1977 and Rixon fronted Ginibre's in 1979.  She had been announced as Pet of the Year in a live TV broadcast from the Aladdin hotel in Las Vegas.

Although Guccione didn't run a harem, like Hugh Hefner did, he did always have a number of Pets living in his house, despite being devoted to wife Kathy Keeton.  Rixon, unlike some of the other Pets, wasn't one of his lovers and she was paid a small retainer to do promotional work for Penthouse.  She later said that Guccione used to play the girls off against each other and he had offered a financial reward to any one of them who could persuade Rixon to pose for a girl/girl set, which she never did.

We'll see more of the lovely Cheryl, as she had another major pictorial in the magazine, in our coverage of 1980, the year before things started to go bad between her and Penthouse.

A splendid lady dressed as a redskin decorated the cover of November's Hustler.  It was a shame she didn't appear inside as well.  Given all the other crusades Larry Flynt was highlighting that issue it was surprising he didn't have something about the treatment of native Americans (as they weren't known at this time) too.

Blonde Sondra posed on top of a piano with a microphone for Clive McLean in the opening pictorial of the issue.  Five photographs spread over seven pages gave a Chic style big picture impact to her set.

The same layout style was used for that month's Hustler Honey, Debbie, shot by James Baes.  Unlike Playboy and Penthouse, which filled their pictorial pages with smaller photos, white space and text, Hustler was just using a short introductory paragraph on the opening spread and then leaving the remaining full page photos text free.  Debbie's centrefold presents a remarkably assertive study of her pee hole.

Another James Baes shot girl was the third pictorial and featured a girl called Coffee.  Nobody, of course is called Coffee (well probably not back in 1979 when ridiculous celebrity bestowed names were not common - Frank Zappa being an exception) so no doubt it was just a reference to her skin colour.  Penthouse, of course, had hardly any ethnic girls in their pages.  Playboy did, especially later, but they were included using something of a quota system.

The couples shot, The Toy Shoppe, that month was by Clive McLean and, although it did not mention it in the accompanying text, is obviously based on the story of the Nutcracker ballet.  And what a splendid nutcracker the ballerina here would be!  The impressive thing about this shot is that the lady is genuinely en pointe (and has convincingly toned looking thighs) which is not an easy thing to do.  Agent Triple P remembers going to  a performance of The Nutcracker in the Festival Hall in London in the early seventies and remembers being entranced, in an eleven year old burgeoning interest in women way, by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her toned legs and short tutu.

The same month Hustler published a letter asking "What has happened to your male-female spreads?  It seems that you are covering up the guy and showing off the girl at the expense of the male.  Let's see more cocks and nice chests."  As the letter was one of those Name and Address Withheld by Request ones it wasn't possible to tell if the writer was male or female.

At least in The Toy Shoppe there was some semi-erect penis depiction to keep Miss (or Mr) Name and Address Withheld happy.  This set was successful because the girl looks like ballerina not a stripper dressed as a ballerina.

Hustler's third Hustler Rejects newsstand special came out at about this time and included several boy girl sets which were a little more assertive in their depiction of erections than Hustler itself had been of late.

Staying within the Larry Flynt Empire November's Chic offered up this damply graphic shot of cover girl Jennifer for its November edition, in another of its regular cunt portraits.

Club still preferred to show the girl who was attached to the cunt even if their treatment of them was just as graphic.  Here cover girl, Misty Knight, indulges in the curious labia spreading pose and flashes her anus.  She was the girl who was so effective in the Hustler Hayloft Harvest pictorial with Mike Ranger.  She did a lot of work in 1979-80 both in softcore magazines and hardcore films and magazines.  We will see her quite a bit in the next few episodes of the Pubic Wars.

Also in that issue we have another lovely ethnic girl Yolande, who gives her clitoris a little stroke in this photo by Bryan Whitman.

Another celebrity cover for Playboy but this time the celebrity was attractive enough to command the cover in such a way that the presence of a Playmate was not missed.  Raquel Welch, photographed by Chris von Wangenheim, also displays an early example of the high cut swimsuit which would be so prevalent in the early eighties.

Inside readers may have been disappointed by Miss Welch's lack of nudity, although this shot perfectly demonstrates her awe inspiring figure.  No modern sex symbols can boast a bust/waist/hips ratio like this!  Playboy tended to feature film stars at the beginning of their career or if their flagging career needed a boost.  By 1979 Welch's film career was on the wane and she would only make a handful of films in the eighties.  Still, at thirty-nine years old she looked magnificent.

Playmate of the Month was Candace Collins, who had been featured in the annual Bunnies feature, back in November 1975,flashing her rear in an assertive perineum-revealing shot.  By the end of the decade, however, her poses had to be more modest, although we enjoyed this fluff revealing picture when we bought the magazine during our first term at university.

More women returning to the pages of Playboy appeared in the Playmates Forever pictorial where previous centrefolds were photographed again.  This gave the opportunity, in some cases, for girls from the pre-pubic era to flash their fur for the first time in the pages of the magazine.  None more assertively than the gorgeous Dee Dee Lind from August 1967, who was now 32.  The petite (5'2") Lind had received the most fan mail of any Playmate in history when she appeared and a Playboy calendar picture of her flew to the moon on the Apollo XII mission.

Finally, Playboy had its annual Sex Stars pictorial and, again, 1979's was the least explicit of them all.  The final two pages were devoted to Playboy's predictions as to who would become a big star in the near future.  Needless to say, they were off beam with nearly all of them (unless you consider B movie queen Sybil Danning to be a star).  Given the success of "10" (1979) Bo Derek seemed like a sure bet but, of course, the subsequent winner of four Golden Raspberries for worst actress, Derek's career went downhill all the way afterwards, despite Playboy's persistent efforts to push her.  Still, there is no doubt that at this point in time she was genuinely the biggest sex symbol in the world and so her picture, at the end of the pictorial, was an appropriate way to see out the decade for Playboy.  A decade that had seen a reluctant Playboy unwillingly introduce pubic hair to their pages as they rushed to keep up with new interloper Penthouse and its "european" approach as well as the other copycat magazines coming onto the market.  Dragged into the Pubic Wars with Guccione, Hefner eventually capitulated in the competition for ever explicit content, although the magazine's articles were much more heavily focussed on sexual issues by the end of the decade.  With the eighties approaching, however, Playboy became even less explicit visually than before but there were still trying times ahead in a decade dominated by Ronald Reagan's conservative values.

Oui staggered to the end of the decade.  Still not making money and caught in an uncertain limbo between Playboy's less explicit late seventies style and the spread-legged pussy-dominated shots in the likes of Penthouse, Club and Hustler.

Danone sans culottes

Cover girl Danone Camden was a Texan dental assistant until she moved to Los Angeles and won a part in a Dr Pepper commercial.  Sadly, she didn't appear inside Oui, although she did do a little glamour modelling, as well as the more conventional sort.

Danone (billed as Danone Simpson) in Dallas

In 1980 she got her first small film part in the Village People's Can't Stop the Music and then had a number of TV and film roles before landing a recurring role in Dallas for nine years.

There was one of those "inadvertant" flashing pictures, which Oui specialised in, for the first girl in the magazine, Cindy, photographed by Robert Rocchi.  This was one of two pussy pictures in her pictorial.

There were two pussy pictures, as well, for Caryn, photographed by Playboy's Richard Fegley.  There were more labia in this issue than in the previous three.  Subscription renewal time, perhaps.

No flashing from the third girl, Simone, shot in typical sun-drenched style by British photographer John Kelly.  Still, this one is an effective exercise in texture.

A sort of fashion article by Phillip Dixon looked at current lingerie trends which did give the manufacturers of the garments but not any contact details so really it was more of an excuse to get girls posing together in a not very naughty way.  We remember this picture from somewhere else; maybe one of the photography magazines which were the only way you could legally buy magazines with pictures of naked women in the seventies, if you were under eighteen in Britain.

That month's Aslan girl also showed rather more than was typical.  So, which way would Oui go in the eighties; more or less explicit?  We'll have to wait until the next post!

Penthouse's last cover of the nineteen seventies was tasteful in the extreme and was almost more like a Vogue cover than a men's magazine one.  The decade had been good to Penthouse and its founder Bob Guccione, who had launched the US edition of his magazine just a few months before the seventies began.  Since then he had introduced pubic hair, explicit shots of women's genitalia and anuses and lesbian, couples and threesomes pictorials to the newsstands of America and the world.  By this point, however, other more explicit magazines, such as Hustler and High Society had arrived (although neither could have existed without the barrier-pushing work of Penthouse) but still, everything in the world of Penthouse was driven by Guccione's strong artistic sensibility.  His models might spread their legs and show everything they had or simulate masturbation but they did it oh so tastefully.  The coming decade would be a challenge for Guccione and his empire as the world changed from the free love seventies into a very different environment indeed.

The fact that lesbian pictorials and videos are so prevalent in today's erotica is largely down to Guccione who published his first (rather modest) girl/girl pictorial in  Penthouse in 1970.  The initial response was largely negative but he persevered in what he admitted was something of interest to him, personally.  Soon other magazines followed suit.  Earl Miller's Cries and Whispers was Penthouse's twentieth girl/girl set (there had been a trio of three girl sets too) of which no less than five had been published in 1979.

The advantage that the Penthouse pictorials had over most of their rivals was the strong accompanying narrative which often saw rather more explicit descriptions of the girl's activities than the pictures showed.   In a first for Penthouse this one even had a bit of imposed punishment as  "Cynthia" took revenge on her girlfriend "Adele" for flirting with a man.  She is soon forgiven, however, and the shot of Cynthia with her fingers on Adele's pussy is one of the strongest girl/girl shots the magazine had published to date.  Cynthia is in fact Misty Knight who we just saw in November's Club.  Adele is Terri Dolan and we will see them both in sapphic action with each other again in future posts.

Pet of the Month, Judy Gibbs, was photographed by Stan Malinowski in a less assertive way than some previous Pets.  A lovely auburn-tressed beauty, there were no faux frigging shots or even, other than this glimpse, visible labia shots.  Just a beautiful woman photographed beautifully.

The final Penthouse pictorial of the seventies was of Deborah Zullo, the Penthouse Pet of the Year runner up.  It was certainly appropriate that this should be a Bob Guccione shoot.  He took Miss Zullo to an eight hundred year old castle on the Italian Riviera and photographed her as if she were a magnificent found object, stranded in her opulent surroundings.  She worked in promoting car parts for many years and now lives in Orange County California.

December's Club featured a model they called Trisha as the centrefold.  We first spotted this girl as Mireille in a Men Only issue and she remains one of Triple P's favourites of the seventies.  If we could invent an ideal woman she would probably look like this!

Hustler's opening pictorial for their December issue was a science fiction one by Clive McLean set on the "all girl planet Lesbos".  It featured the sort of silver glittery "costumes" and coloured wigs that would become very popular in similar Penthouse shoots in the future, although since Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind had come out in 1977 it had spawned a number of similarly themed pictorials in other magazines.

That month's Honey was remarkable only in the fact that she was called Debi (compared with the previous month's Debbie) and that her pose and the background colour made the two centrefolds look remarkable similar.  Something a man with an eye for detail like Bob Guccione would never have permitted.

The third solo girl was presented in some fetching period clothes (or at least an approximation of them - its amazing how few art directors and illustrators of things such as steampunk don't realise that the bra only really became common in the nineteen twenties).   Anyway, this girl, photographed by Matti Klatt, has a massive and luxuriant bush, even by seventies standards,

The final pictorial that month was put together, Hustler maintained, because of the number of requests they were receiving about S&M and, in particular, where to buy the equipment.  This pictorial used porn stars Jaimie Gillis and his then girlfriend, Serena, to showcase the products sold in a shop called The Pleasure Chest on Santa Monica Boulevard.  Founded in 1971 in New York and originally catering to the gay community, by the end of the seventies The Pleasure Chest became the first sex shop to create a boutique atmosphere and target couples.  Nearly forty five years later the business is still going and still has a store on Santa Monica Boulevard.

Contrary to the complaints the previous month about lack of cocks in the magazine, Suze Randall's shoot had Mr Gillis looking appropriately excited at the presence of his lovely girlfriend.

As this non-published outtake shows, the couple obviously got really close during the shoot.  It's all that black leather and rubber, no doubt.  After a rocky start. when he almost closed down the magazine due to poor sales, Larry Flynt's Hustler had engendered a whole raft of similarly downmarket mens' magazines.  Never worried about being a lifestyle magazine like Playboy or having an arty sensibility like Penthouse by the end of the decade Hustler was one of the big three as regards sales and was considerably cheaper to produce.  In fact, compared with his blurrily printed pictures of strippers in his first issues, the women in Hustler were now easily as attractive as those in Penthouse and Playboy.  Flynt wasn't so worried as Hefner and Guccione about pushing the boundary over explicitness and had suffered the lawsuits to prove it.  The biggest change in the magazine, from 1977, was the increasing presence of couples pictorials.  However the early eighties would see these become rather less explicit than they had been in the late seventies.

So, onto a new decade next time, with all of the key magazines varying the levels of explicitness in their pictures both more and less over the next ten years.  Prepare for big hair on the head and a lot less down below.  The eighties are coming!