Let's go behind the curtain, pull a few random vintage girlie magazines off the shelf, pour ourselves a glass of bourbon, and browse. It's the start of our analysis and inventory of Retrospace's vast girlie magazine library. Today's selection:
Fury (1962), California Girl (1973), Exotica (1962), Highball (1964), Jolie (1962), and Spree (1963)
There is essentially no nudity in this post, but I'd still say it's NSFW. So, get ready for some hot vintage chicks, awesome advertising, and lewd comics. Enjoy!
Fury ( March 1962)
Fury was truly a man's mag in every sense. With lots of articles on cars, hunting, beer, and, course, babes, Fury had sort-of an identity crisis - flip-flopping between being a men's adventure magazine and a girlie magazine. In 1962, it was the perfect hybrid between the two.
"Go ahead - drink it. It makes you sexy"
I don't quite get it. It would've been funnier, if the guy was a bit goofier and the caption said "it makes me sexy". As it is, it seems like something out of the Cosby playbook.
Topless chicks abound in this issue. It would still be about a decade downstream before the so-called "Pubic Wars" began.
"Never mind the future. What happened to me last night?"
More Cosby humor.
Three glasses of suds and a big plate of fatty meat. Fury was the magazine for the man's man.
I find it profoundly sad to constantly encounter advertisements and articles for tourist and bachelor destinations... which are now dangerous hellscapes.
You wouldn't be planning on using your newfound hypnotism skills for nefarious purposes, would you? Jesus, it's like Bill Cosby himself put this magazine together.
California Girl (Feb. 1973)
Aside from the nice cover, California Girl doesn't have much to offer beyond your average B&W naked chicks. I don't think this periodical lasted very long. It's 1973, so the magazine did go full frontal;
Ouch. I hope she wasn't harmed.
"Give the new office girl a break. Right now she has nothing to do but barricade herself in the ladies room to keep the office wolves from her door."
The life of a secretary in the 1960s-70s must have been something else.
How's this for inappropriate humor?
I did a quick search for Pam Kirk. Looks like she got naked here, then faded into obscurity.
I think the shtick with this one is, as the name implies, they're going for strange and taboo fetishes. But it's 1962, so I guess they couldn't get too "bizarre", so it ends up being a fairly run-of-the-mill girlie magazine.
"Then can you imagin' my surprise when he ask me to go to a nudist colony with him?"
Get it? She's in a skimpy outfit, so naturally it's hilarious someone would ask her to go to a nudist colony. Take note of the bad grammar and cheap-o text; you can tell we're in for a low budget affair.
The model featured here is Jean McDonald. I don't think she ever did anything like this again.
This is supposed to be a candid talk with model Lenora Wright, another girl who faded into obscurity.
Um. This is the top model for the entire year? I did the outfit, but we're definitely not up to Playboy level standards.
Highball was certainly cool with its swingin' bachelor vibe, and omnipresent alcohol and hi-fi records. However, since it was very low on content (just lots and lots of photographs, with precious little text), it wasn't able to really achieve an identity or brand. As much as we like pictures, it's the articles, art and ads that give it a certain flavor.
The first article is nothing short of amazing - not just because the model is hot, but because she's posing around vintage vinyl!
Supposedly, she's part owner of a record shop. Her name is Brigitte Eckner, and I can't find anything about her. (She does get topless in this pictorial)
The next pictorial focuses on Highball magazine's new bookkeeper (yeah, right). Her name is Gaby (no last name).
We eventually get to see Gaby in all her glory, swinging around monkey bars of all things.
Next pictorial features Stella, the cover model. Again, no last name, but we know she can appreciate a good drink. Lots of posing sexily around adult beverages.
There's a few other babes in this issue, but it's more of the same. If only they'd added more art, gotten some GQ level advertising, and paid for a good article or two, Highball might've given the Bunny a run for its money.
Jolie has absolutely nothing going for it but the comics. Unlike Highball which had brilliant photography, the folks at Jolie obviously were learning as they went. Plus the girls aren't particularly good looking.
But, also unlike Highball, they at least had the wisdom to include some humor/comics - and this is where Jolie shines.
Not that the level of humor is uproariously funny; they're just well drawn and plentiful.
This may be the best looking dame of the bunch. Trust me - you're not missing anything.
Our last magazine in the stack is Spree - which, in my humble opinion, does everything right.
Anyone ever heard of model, Barbara Dee? Me neither.
Hooray! Finally some dynamite pulp fiction.
An amazing ode to burlesque.
Angela Webster is the cover model and graces the color centerfold.
The ads in this magazine are classic.
Well, that's all for now. But there's a lot more of these behind the curtain; let me know if you'd like to see more. Cheers!