Erotic depictions of women in drawing, painting, sculpture and photography from the dawn of man to the present.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Zimbabwe Venus: Nyasha Matonhodze for 14 million views

We have just passed 14 million views on Venus Observations so, in our usual manner, we have looked for a country, city or American state with a population of the same number.

With just over 14 million inhabitants we have the country of Zimbabwe.  This country used to be called Rhodesia when Triple P was younger.  The name of the African style land of Zembabwei, in Robert E Howard's Conan stories, is based the name on the ruined African city of Great Zimbabwe which was discovered in the late nineteenth century.

Nyasha Matonhodze is a model from Zimbabwe who was born in 1995 although she moved to Britain when she was eight.  She was first signed by a modelling agency at the age of 14 and did her first runway show at the age of sixteen.  Since then she has modelled for many designers and magazines and been the official face of Louis Vuiton. She is a willowy 5' 11" tall.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Centrefold Venus of the Month 65: Diana, October 1974

We actually have an October Centrefold Venus of the Month in October this month!  From more than forty years ago we have Diana from Hustler.  She is a Venus by Request from Sveta who spotted her in one of  our Pubic Wars posts for 1974.

The lady was the centrefold (or Hustler Honey, as they called them) in the October 1974 issue of the magazine, which was the fourth issue of Larry Flynt's new magazine to be published.  The first few issues of the magzine featured very Penthouse-like soft focus photography which was, by September 1974, giving little glimpse's of its models labia.

Flynt's magazine was named after his string of strip clubs in the Mid-West and these, he claimed, were named after one Elizabeth Hustler (actually called Catherine) who had run a tavern in Lewiston, north of Niagara Falls, from 1800.  She served a mixed drink made from Bourbon and bitters which she mixed using a cock's tail feather.  Flynt named Hustler in honour of her.  Well, although the term cock-tail for a drink emerged at about this time (the first reference was in 1809) the term is more likely to come from the English use of the phrase as a compound noun meaning to increase high spirits (referring to horses originally).

Diana may well have been her name, as at least one of the other Honey's from this early period had her real name used in her pictorial.  Althea Leasure was Hustler's Honey for July 1975 and appeared as Althea in that issue.  She went on to become Flynt's wife tthe following year.

So this may well be Diana.  The text accompanying the pictorial said that she was a "hostess" at Flynt's Columbus, Ohio club.  The hostess role involved "dancing" as well or stripping, to be more accurate.  At this stage Hustler was still using the strippers from the Hustler clubs as models for the magazine as Flynt could get them to pose for a lot less money than Playboy or Penthouse paid.

At this point Hustler didn't give the names of its photographers and, unlike its more upmarket competitors, pictorials were shot in one session in one location.  there was no question of taking months to produce a pictorial as Playboy did.

Hustler mixed its approach to shooting women.  There was  a lot of the Penthouse, voyeuristic style, where the model does not acknowledge the viewer but there were also some, aqs here, where the girl is looking straight at the camera.

Certainly this type of breast fondling shot was pure Penthouse, as was the slightly diffused photography.  Diana is very much the most attractive girl in the October 1974 issue.  Quite a few of the girls who posed in the first year's issues wouldn't have got signed up for the other big magazines.

Still, even though Diana might have been termed a 'Hustler reject' in years to come she has a nicely perky bust and the sort of dark looks Triple P appreciates. Our commentator observed that she looked a little like Spanish actress Amparo Muñoz who was, in fact, much prettier.

All of the girls in Hustler that month looked uniformly glum, in contrast with the girls whose pictures Bob Guccione was taking for Penthouse at the time. We're not sure if it is because they were told to look sultry or whether they were really fed up by the whole process.

In this last shot, as with her centrefold, Diana is brazenly flashing her labia (as did all the other girls that month, for the first time in the magazine to date).  The red flower she is holding could be staright out of Penthouse.  This issue of Hustler came out a month after Penthouse's own revealing labia shots of Janice Kane but whether this was enough time for Hustler to respond to Penthouse's increasing exposure, given the production cycle of a magazine is a moot point.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Bathing Venuses by Leo Putz

Bathers (1914)

Back in June we featured a splendid photograph by Josef Bayer of German women bathing naked in the Motzener See.  This painting, by the Austrian born, German based Leo Putz (1869-1940), has a similar atmosphere about it. 

This is one of a number of paintings (many of them nudes) Putz produced between 1909 and 1914, during which time he stayed at Schloss Hartmannsberg in Bavaria, which is situated between two lakes.  We will look at more of Putz's enticing nudes from this period another time.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Peek-a-boo Pet Venuses.Forbidden glimpses in the early seventies: A Pubic Wars special

Ada Grootenboer displays the first unobstructed fluff in Penthouse's May 1969 issue. This was before the US issue launched in September 1969

We have just finished the second of our two posts (the first is here) on those models who flashed their pubic hair when being photographed as Playboy playmates, before such shots could appear in the magazine.  These pictures, inadvertent in their nature as most of them were, carry a frisson of the illicit. You are seeing something in retrospect which couldn't be seen at the time, unless you were in the photographer's studio on the day. 

The first Penthouse Pet of the Month to show her fluff in the US edition. Stephanie McLean, April 1970

There is a very much smaller, unseen at the time, series of photographs done of Penthouse Pets, all shot by Bob Guccione, carrying a similar charge of the forbidden.  These date from a short period in the early seventies, when pubic hair started to appear in Penthouse, to the development of the presentation of the models' genitals from 1974.  Like the exposure of pubic hair right at the beginning of the seventies this part of a woman's body was thought to be too obscene to be published in a newsstand magazine.  If the forbidden bits appeared they were carefully (and some times not so carefully) retouched so they did not offend the sensibilities of those who like to be offended.

Janice Kane, September 1974

They cover a short period of just two years, 1972 and 1973, before the floodgates (and legs) opened in 1974 with the girl who is generally regarded as the first real pussy displaying Pet, Janis Kane, an English girl who appeared as Pet of the Month for September 1974.  Janice was the first of what Triple P's Canadian friend Sophie would call Penthouse's "cunt queens" of the seventies.  After Janice's set, as was the case with the first pubic hair display, not all of the subsequent Pets were so bold and it wasn't until 1976/77 that most of he Pets started leaving little to the imagination.

Susan Ryder, March 1975

At this time most Pets had, perhaps, one labia revealing shot in their pictorial but some girls really went for it as regards exposing the previously forbidden.  Names like Sharon Longworth, Susan Ryder (already featured as Centrefold of the Month here), Bonnie Dee Wilson, Laura Favie, Martine le Mauviel and Anna Grimwood exposed themselves in a way that would soon become the norm in mens' magazines but in the period from 1974 until 1976 was still very unusual.

Patricia Barratt, January 1972

As in our Playboy sets we will include each Pet's centrefold as well.  Our first Pet comes from January 1972 in the lean shape of Patricia 'Cherokee' Barratt from Dallas, Texas.  Barratt's pictorial contained a record number of pubic shots for Penthouse, for the same month that Hugh Hefner was agonising as to whether his January 1971 Playmate should go full frontal in her centrefold.  Barratt's centrefold is certainly sexually provocative, with her multi-coloured dress just about covering her groin and making that part of her body the focus of the image.

These outtakes have Barratt with her groin uncovered and everything on show, given her very wispy pubes.  It is worth noting that these pictures were taken in 1971 at a time when many of the other major American men's magazines, such as Cavalier, hadn't even gone pubic yet.  There are pictures from this shoot of a naked Guccione being hugged by a naked Barratt so it may be that she was one of the many Pets that he added to his 'collection'.  

Guccione would have known that there was no way he could have published these shots so was obviously just doing them for his own enjoyment.  Barratt seems to be enjoying herself too.  She would go on to be Pet of the Year for 1973. 

These shots of Barratt are even more revealing as she flashes her anus for Guccione's lens. It would be nearly four years until anything this explicit appeared on the pages of the magazine.

Sharon Bailey was Penthouse's Pet of the Month for May 1972 and was, according to the magazine, a nineteen year old from Hertfordshire in England.  We have seen a cutting from a British newspaper at the time where it said her father was a successful greyhound owner and breeder.

Among her more conventional poses there is this one strikingly explicit shot which did not, of course, appear in the magazine at the time. Another one for Guccione's collection?

November 1972's Angela Adams was a twenty year old from Kent according to Penthouse.  She certainly had a spectacular figure but, like many Penthouse Pets of the period, din't pose for any other magazines so she really may have been just a secretary as the pictorial maintained.

This shot (reversed) did appear in her magazine pictorial but what did not was the glimpse of her pink parts which had been hidden by the retoucher's brush.

Avril Lund (or Lundberg to give her her full last name) was from Dublin but after travelling around Europe she settled in Brighton, England and trained to be a nurse at St Francis Hospital until 1972, which was a psychiatric hospital until it was closed in 1995 and converted into flats.

She had been singing in pubs to earn a bit more money in her spare time and a local photographer gave her work and shot a few nudes of her which he sent to Penthouse.  Very soon Bob Guccione was flying her to the Caribbean for this shoot.

Lund became the 1974 Pet of the Year but after that her trail runs cold.  Sadly, it appears she moved to Canada with her boyfriend and then to the US and at some point was forcibly admitted to the substance abuse ward of a state hospital in Visalia, California around 2010, following convictions for possessing hard drugs.  She had been living on the streets and was emaciated and suffering from hepatitis.  She died shortly after admission.

Best to remember her in her twenties, when she posed uninhibitedly for Guccione.

This sensuous picture of Avril was really the first of Guccione's pussy caressing shots and, again, was too strong to be shown in the magazine without some retouching.

Leslie Leah Burrow was, according to April 1973's Penthouse, from New Jersey and was just 5' 1" tall.  Her pictorial looks like it was shot in North Africa, somewhere Guccione knew well.

 These two spread-legs shots didn't appear in the magazine of course but, as ever, Guccione got his model looking happy and relaxed despite the brazen pose.  She doesn't, as is the case for the other girls photographed here too, look at all uncomfortable.

May 1975's Sandi Greco certainly looked just nineteen years old in many of her shots.  From an Italian American family in Massachussets she was spotted by a Penthouse editor in California after she moved there.  She was flown to London for her session with Guccione.

This shot gives out something of a Lolita vibe with Sandi's brazenly spread legs contrasting with her sweet expression and hair in bunches.

None of these three shots appeared in the magazine as the glimpse of her pink parts would have been too much for 1973.

The lilac feather in this one really draws attention to her presented pussy.  Like many of Penthouse's Pets of the time it is impossible to find anything else out about her. With out of focus forground flower, fruit, and a floppy hat this is seventies Penthouse encapsulated.

November 1973 pet of the Month, Lane Coyle's centrefold gives us a bold spread legs pose but her labia are darkened so as to be invisible.  She was supposedly an American from Wilmington, Delaware who was living in London.

These outtakes of Lane, like Sandi Greco's, feature an ostrich feather and visible parts between her thighs.  These didn't appear in the magazine, however.

Following this, Pets continued to have everything covered or obscured until the centrefold shot of Barbie Lewis in July 1974 where she is displaying her slit quite clearly.  The coyness would end with Janice Kane in September 1974.  A month later Hustler would also reveal their models' bits for the first time.  Another chapter of the Pubic Wars was beginning.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Lust World Chapter 9

Edmund Molloy, a journalist for The Daily Courier has volunteered to join an expedition to South America to look for prehistoric creatures. He has been seduced by Edith, the wife of the expedition's leader Professor Challenor. They have been engaged in a passionate tryst at the Great Northern Hotel. That evening Molloy has to meet with fellow expedition member Lord Hoxton, at his residence in Piccadilly.

The latest chapter of our erotic Adventure story, set in 1912, can be found here.  Much of it is set in the exclusive apartment complex called the Albany in Piccadilly, London.  There are some Chapter Notes on it here.

Both the key scenes in this are based on Triple P's own experiences.  The first one, loosely, on a visit we made to a friend only to be flirted with by his barely dressed girlfriend, while he sought out a book he had promised to lend us in another room.  The second is much closer to what happened with an older lady with whom we had been having a restrained but still quite physical relationship.