1/20/11

Who's that Girl? The Case of the Mystery Model



I go through a lot of old catalogs, magazines, and the like.... probably more than most anyone.  And as I go through old paper media I often come across famous figures before they were famous, which is always interesting.  I will also find recognizable faces - some unidentified model who happens to be in a lot of ads and catalogs.  And I can say, without hesitation, that the chick pictured above is in more shit than anyone, and I mean any other model out there. 

I haven't seen her in the more upscale publications like Vogue or Cosmo; however, she's damn sure in about everything else I come across.  It's starting to drive me crazy, because nowhere is her name credited... at least nowhere that I can find.

You start seeing her around 1968, and she's everywhere till about 1976; then, you don't see her anymore.  But in that eight year time period, this chick was busy!  She's in everything from JC Penny catalogs to Needlework leaflets to Christian publications (see below).

To clarify, I am not obsessed or anything.  I'm just starting to get tired of coming across this groovy young lady and not knowing who she is.  Perhaps she's even been in a movie or two? Perhaps she's well known and I'm just a dumb ass.  I don't know - but if you can help me on this, I'd be eternally in your debt.  Help! 

Here's a few more examples of the Mystery Model in a variety of different sources.

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1970

1976

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1968
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JC Penny catalog
1970

1973
1973

carefree crochets 7
"Carefree Crochet"

carefree crochets 6
"Carefree Crochet"

13 comments:

  1. Sharp eye to see her again so many times! With the changing hair and makeup I missed her a couple times in the photos you provided. I wonder where she is now.

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  2. to heck with the girl, I want some of those groovy threads she is wearing!

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  3. Now I'm curious - hope you find out.

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  4. The religious publicatin is from The Way, a paraphrased version of the Bible. See it here: Groovy Bibles I'll see if she's listed in the photo credits. But somehow, I doubt it.

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  5. A very beautiful girl to be sure. I would even say of striking beauty. Don't know who she is but she seems somewhat familiar. I watch a LOT of TV series from the seventies and if I come across her I'll be sure to let you know.

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  6. She's probably related to Brooke Bundy, the babe who guest starred in every single TV show during the 1960s. This could be her cousin or something. Or a government cloning experiment that got out of hand.

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  7. I work part time for JC Penney. We have an office that has hard bound catalogs, pretty much complete from '64 to '75.
    Lots of Shelly Hack & erin Gray in those.
    I see this gal in a lot of them and have this dejavu feeling but can never place her.

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  8. oh No! this is a Virus!!
    now Im obsessed, with this girl
    Help!!
    hahaha

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  9. models name is kay campbell http://www.colleencorby.net/colleen1975/catalogs1975/jcpenney1summer1975.html

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  10. The comment above is correct -- the model's name is Kay Campbell. Kay was with Ford Models and worked a lot in the 1960's and '70's, primarily as a catalog model, along with other "catalog queens," including Colleen Corby, Kathy Loghry, Karen Bruun, Pia Buggert, Shelley Hack, Joan McMonagle, etc.

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  11. Yes, this is Kay Campbell

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  12. That's my mom! She just sent me the link, I'm guessing from whomever posted just above. She married my Dad (duh)and since the internet is a scary place I'll refrain from mentioning her last name. There's a whole book of 70s fashion which is basically a compilation of catalog shots and Mom's on the cover and throughout. A clothing designer friend of mine found it at a used book store looking for inspiration and gave it to me. You've got great taste.

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    1. That is so cool! You may want to checkout my blog on 70s catalogs...

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