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Friday, November 5, 2010

Venus Revealed: The Pubic Wars 8-1976 part 4

We'll start the last quarter of the year with Oui for a change.  Launched as a Playboy-owned challenger to Penthouse with a remit to be rather naughtier and using a lot of its French parent Lui's European pictorial content, it had been fulfilling that mandate rather well with a much more sex-focussed written content and more explicit photos than Playboy.  Unfortunately, it was Playboy's not Penthouse's readership it was poaching. Worse still, even though it was now being bought by one of the most attractive advertising audiences in the country it had lost $2,278,000 in 1975.

Oui's Miss October was a striking young lady called, we are led to believed Jan Walker.  She was photographed in very Penthouse style soft focus by Suze Randall who had originally asked her to model for her as she was impressed by her endless legs.  She certainly shows them off in this sensuous knicker tugging shot which would certainly have been too strong for Playboy by this time.

Even naughtier was this picture where Ms Walker is fetchingly displaying her anus in a way that even Penthouse was only just starting to do.  Presumably, with all the magazines now showing a girl's labia then around the back door was the next logical step.

Gallery, more than any other men's magazine at the time, was the closest copy of Playboy but in order to compete in the cutthroat mid-seventies it had had to get more explicit; matching Oui if not quite Penthouse.

Whilst featuring professional models flashed their bits, such as the young lady above, October saw their third monthly "girl next door" contest.  Readers were invited to submit photographs of their wives or girlfriends from which one would be chosen as Girl Next Door of the Month and have a professional photo shoot done to appear in the magazine.

Most of the entries, of which around ten were featured in the magazine, were fairly conventional nude full-length portraits although you would occasionally fine one, like this young lady from the October 1976 issue who, perhaps, tried a bit too hard.  Despite her all too apparent charms she didn't win that month so may have been rather embarrased to have posed in such an explicit way (or maybe not!) as all the other ladies were rather more modest.

Anyway, that month's winner was Nicky (above in her professional shoot) who, unfortunately, suffered from the most horrific seventies bubble perm.

Meanwhile, over at Playboy what was really exercising the staff on the magazine was the arrival of new President and CEO for Playboy Enterprises Incorporated, Derick Daniels who would go through the House of Bunny like an outbreak of myxomatosis.  He had been executive editor of the Detroit Free Press when it had won a Pullitzer prize in 1967 and had gone on to a top management career in Knight-Ridder newspapers.  Staff expecting a sober looking businessman were in for a shock, however, when he a showed a predeliction for dressing in jodhpurs, flying suits, red cowboy boots and gold lame jumpsuits.  Victor Lownes, over from the UK, had been doing a pretty good job trimming the excesses of the company in Chicago and was not too pleased to see Daniels, who he had hated on sight, get the top job.  Daniels, during the last months of 1976, however, found that despite Lownes cuts (he had, for example, got rid of a whole department whose job was just to track the present location of anyone who had once been a Playboy Bunny) the organisation was still losing huge amounts of money and its accounting systems were inefficient and out of date.  Heads would have to roll!

Melanie Griffith October 1976

In the magazine, Playboy continued to champion proper writing and the October issue featured a preview of what would become Alex Haley's blockbuster, Roots.  Coverage of up and coming young starlets remained a favourite, with this issue featuring a softly gorgeous nineteen year old Melanie Griffith.

Bunny Christy Ann

October's Playmate was rather more modest in her poses than some earlier months that year but, as was often the case, the annual look at Playboy Bunnies had some rather more explicit pictures such as Christy Ann Brumfield form the Phoenix club, above. 

Bunny Linda Haycox

In fact, spread legs poses were actually becoming more common in Playboy, despite their promises to advertisers at the end of 1975, but clever lighting (usually) made sure that their pictures remained tasteful enough for the advertisers.

October's Penthouse would be another taboo breaking issue for Bob Guccione.  The first pictorial in the magazine, photographed by  Donald Milne, who would shoot for Penthouse well into the nineties, was of a rare ethnic-looking lady going under the name of Joni Flynne.  Joni had a splendid pair of legs and wonderful long dark hair.

Joni feels herself up

Carrying on with their trend that  a naked lady would look sexier if she appeared to be playing with herself, Joni had no less than five pussy toucking shots inlcuding this, for the time, extreme one where her finger is actually between her labia in a first of its kind photograph for the magazine.

Suzanne feels herself up too

Then, rather like London buses .where you wait ages for one and then two come along at once, we get this picture of Pet of the Month Suzanne Saxon doing exactly the same thing.  Was it a coincidence that we had two such similar shots or was there an editorial decision that October 1976 was going to be "finger in the bits from the rear" month?  It seems odd, given that they had never published a picture like this before to have two in one issue.

Suzanne sticks it in

It starts to beg the question, as well, as when does a picture of faux masturbation become one of real masturbation?  For in one of her other pictures in this pictorial, photographed by Stan Malinowski (then dropping the "Stan" and  going under the rather more pretentious Malinowski), Suzanne actually has the tip of her finger in her vagina.  This was a first for Penthouse and indeed they didn't repeat this for nearly three years when non-Pet of the Month Jeannie Butler in April 1979, popped the tip of her finger in as well.

Her centrefold was pretty extreme too; featuring her anal entrance in another first for Penthouse. Suzanne Saxon was one of the most beautiful Pets of the seventies, maybe of all time, and was also a popular mainstream model.  Indeed she modelled tennis clothes for Penthouse in a conventional fashion pictorial.

Anyone for tennis? Suzanne (left) models clothes for Penthouse

Born in Illinois, Suzanne Swanson moved to Houston as an eighteen year old and worked as a cocktail waitress.  By the time she came to the attention of Penthouse she was a nineteen year old who had followed her musician boyfriend to Los Angeles. 

Suzanne Saxon (left) with Bob Guccione directing the Imperial Bordello scene in Caligula January 1977

In January 1977 Bob Guccione selected a bunch of Pets and took them to Rome to appear in the extra sexier footage he shot behind director Tinto Brass' back for Caligula

Three pets and an actress in Caligua: Juliet Morris (January 1975 -second from left) Carolyn Patsis (November 1976 -second from right) and Suzanne Saxon (October 1976 -far right)

Suzanne featured briefly in several scenes in the orgy scene in the Imperial Bordello and in one scene is shown enthusiatically snogging her successor as Pet of the Month, Carolyn Patsis

 Miss October 1976 snogs Miss November 1976

Suzanne carried on modelling for while, lived in Japan for a time and appeared in some film and TV, also appearing on the cover of the Average White Band's album Warmer Communications.

She gave up nude modelling at the end of the seventies married her second husband and moved to Arkansas where she died in 2006 at the tragically early age of 49; the first Penthouse Pet known to have died.

October's Penthouse also featured a fantasy (aren't they all) girl/girl pictorial called The Spider and the Fly.  In this Earl Miller shoot, two ladies, Lauren Hart and Tina Jordan (in fact one is really Christine Burke who would appear in many men's magazines at the time including on the cover of Oui in January 1977), do things to each other which no two girls had done to each other in Penthouse before.

Serious rug munching as Christine Burke attacks her companion

Bottom licking, tribadism and Penthouse's most full on cunnilingus shot so far blast all previous girl on girl sets out of the water.

Not only does one girl clearly display her anus but in the next shot Christine actually puts her finger on it.

With this pictorial Penthouse really drew away from the types of girl/girl shoots that had been appearing in the likes of Oui and Gallery.  It was so strong that the UK edition of the magazine never printed it.  You can see the complete pictorial on our blog the Seduction of Venus here.

Hustler had four models appearing in its October edition, the first went under the name of Toni who was an attractive Oui style of girl photographed in the sort of bright sunlight Oui and its French progenitor Lui tended to use.

Hustler had her with her legs spread, flashing her arsehole and with pink and damp looking labia.

Baby Breese: Lindsay Freeman in Penthouse in January 1976

Their second girl, as they trumpeted on their cover, was a girl who had previously appeared in Penthouse in January 1976 under the name Baby Breese.  In that issue sthe girl (real name Lindsay Freeman) had posed in a vest with "12" provocatively written on it, although she was, in fact, twenty two years old at the time but looked much younger. 

Freeman on the cover of Fin or Men Only July 1976

Nevertheless the pictorial attracted appropriate attention to the extent that pictures from the shoot also appeared in For Men Only (not to be confused with the UK Men Only) magazine in July 1976 under the name Bibi and she ruturned for a repeat appearance due to "popular demand".

For Men Only, was originally a men's adventure magazine which were, by the sixties and early seventies, the last surviving pulp magazines.  Featuring rousing stories (mostly supposedly based on real events) the two fisted heroes of these magazines spent most of their time rescuing damsels in distress, escaping headhunters, defeating the Japanese or fighting off wild animals.  By the mid-seventies, with the Vietnam War making these sorts of heroes less popular some of these publications switched to become girlie magazines, including also Swank, Male and Stag magazines.

Freeman's pictorial in Hustler moves on from the glimpses of her labia seen in Penthouse in January to feature that new battleground in the Pubic Wars: the anus.

Freeman's arsehole flaunting shots are far more extreme than anything seen in Penthouse to that date and, unlike Penthouse when it would push at the boundaries in its pictorials but not mention it, Hustler quite happily drew attention to her anus flashing in the accompanying text.

Lindsay Freeman in Fairy Tales (1978)

Freeman went on to make a number of erotic films, the first being Young Lady Chatterley (1977) where she appeared as "light duty maid".  In her second film Fairy Tales (1977) she appeared as Jill (as in Jack and Jill) in a remarkably unfunny parody of some traditional fairy tales.

The other two models in Hustler's November issue Leslie (above) and Cookie (below) both flashed pink and moist looking pussies.

It was now not sufficient for the girls to just flash their labia now, given how ubiquitous they had become in mens' magazines in a comparatively short time.   With Larry Flynt just concentrating on this bit of the anatomy the next stage was to show their genitals looking aroused.  This was something Playboy never did but Penthouse, which arguab y had started to do this with Colleen Carney in July this year, would gradually go down this route over the next eighteen months or so.

Nothing so unsubtle in Oui where it was Penthouse favourite Jeff Dunas who was on duty for Oui's November centrefold, Nikki (Oui was never that bothered in really identifying the centrefold as a "real" person as Playboy and Penthouse (at least initially) had been).

Nikki tugs

Like October's Oui centrefold she seemed to enjoy pulling her knickers up her crack.  Agent Triple P once had a girlfriend who could only self pleasure herself by indulging in this very manouevre.  It was most diverting to watch her as she wriggled around, tugging away and gasping happily.  She would never use her fingers, however.

Cover girl and Playmate of the Month for November was a fresh faced young lady who had actually appeared in the magazine the previous month as one of the Bunnies of 1976.  Pompeo Posar's pictorial on her was one of the racier ones of the mid seventies; with no knicker tugging here as Pattie preffered to let her fingers do the walking ina very explicit faux masturbation shot for Playboy.

Finger of fun for Patti

Patti McGuire hailed from St Louis, Missouri and worked as a Bunny in the St Louis Club before being chosen as Playmate.  With her lovely bust, great behind and sweet but sensual face Patti was one of the great Playmates of the seventies.

Happy to show everything on the bed for Pompeo

She would go on to become Playmate of the Year the following year and would attract the attention of tennis player Jimmy Connors. 

Fancy a taste?

They got married in 1979 and, amazingly for a celebrity couple, remain together to this day.  She currently works as a TV producer in Santa Barbara.

Jummy Connors and Patti today

November saw the annual Pet of the Year issue and 1976's worthy winner was the lovely Laura Doone (aka Paula Randel) who featured on the cover.

Bob Guccione took Laura to Rio for her pictorial which was another soft focus extravaganza but does feature yet another knickers tugging shot.

Laura pulls them up

November's Pet of the Month was the tall and striking brunette Carolyn Patsis.  A lady with a quite distinctive look she was one of the Pets who filmed some of the mainstream scenes in Caligula in Rome in October 1976 as well as the later hardcore shoot by Guccione in February 1977.

Carolyn was the first Pet to be shown tugging at her own labia with her fingers.  Makes a change from tugging at her knickers, we suppose.

Carolyn's distnctive face makes her easy to spot in Caligula.  Here she is with January 1975 Pet Juliet Morris.  Below, Carolyn (top) kisses future Pet Valerie Rae Clarke in the Imperial Bordello scene.

Carolyn had a fling with the film's second assistant diretor Luca Ronchi during the filming in Rome.  Rather unkindly he referrd to her as "the alien".

A grumpy looking Bob Guccione (right) on the set of Caligula in Rome with Carolyn behind

The final pictorial in November's Penthouse was a rather curious girl/girl set called The Serpent.  Two young ladies in masks play with each other and a snake. Strange!

Snake in the grass

Over at Hustler they had come up with a quite effective cover for the Hallowe'en period.  Inside, their Hustler Honey, Shiela demontrated how far the magazine had pulled away from even Penthouse by this period.

Photographed in the bright sunlight, but with what look like reflectors beaming even more light onto her pussy she displays her very pink, moist looking vulva in almost very shot.

Sheila lets the sun get to it

The last month of 1976 would highlight a number of themes that would develop in mens' magazine the following year.

After a pretty racy Playmate pictorial in November Playboy dialled back on the labia in December for Karen Hafter.

That doesn't mean that Ms Hafter went back to a 1971 style girl-next-door peek-a-boo coyness, however, as she sprawls across two pages, an ecstatic look on her face and her hand between her legs.

Oui's centrefold for December was also tickling her fancy across two pages, although, as you would expect, to rather more (but only slightly) graphic effect than Playboy.   What was quite clear however, by the end of 1976, was that not only was this the year of the pussy it was the year of the self stimulated pussy.  In a few short years the definition of daring had gone from flashing a hint of pubic hair to clearly revealing the clitoral hood, then the labia, then the open labia.  Now this wasn't enough either.  The lady in question had to be apparently demonstrating her sexuality by pretending to (or even actually in Penthouse's case) play with herself.  Part of the reason for this was that nudity just wasn't that naughty anymore.  It was on stage, in the cinema and even in the fields of Woodstock.  A girl posing in Playboy demonstrating that under her clothes she had a body wasn't a big deal any more.  For magazines that had relied on pure nudity initially they had to set themselves apart.  Penthouse went the more explicit route.  Playboy, as we have seen started to back track but not, as we have also seen,  back to where they were in 1972.  In the meantime, magazines like Hustler had come along without any pretensions as to being for "gentlemen" and including significant literary or reportage content.

Pussy tickling by Ava Cadell in Oui

The other significant development over the course of the year was the prevalence and explicitness of couples pictorials.  In many ways this was a return to the erotica of previous centuries which was largely concerned with depicting couples (whether boy/girl or girl/girl) rather than individual women.  Indeed, it could be argued that the depiction of women alone as subjects for erotica can be largely traced to the beginning of photography in France (where else?) in the mid-nineteenth century. 

December's Penthouse contained a good example of this in a pictorial called "The Housebreakers" which culminated in this picture of the young lady grasping her partner's testicles in an act of simulated coitus.  Up until this point the girls in these pictorials were hardly ever pictured with their hands on the man's equipment in this way.  It was another barrier broken for Penthouse.

December's Pet of the Month was rather less explicit than most of those who had gone before in the second half of 1976.  The only interesting thing to note was that, for the first time the UK and US went for slightly different centrefold shots.

 Adrian King in the UK centrefold

 Adrian in the US centrefold

Going back to Hustler's increasingly  gynaecological approach, one of the other featured girls in the December Penthouse, one Melanie Richards, demonstrated a neatly packed pudenda in most of her photographs.

In at least one shot, taken in the hot Mediterranean sun of Greece, she displays, again, what appears to be engorged labia.

Melanie looks swell

So, at this point, the battle for explicitness was now being waged between Hustler and Penthouse. As the cover of Hustler proudly proclaimed they now had over three million "readers" which took them up with the big boys of Playboy and Penthouse.

Hustler had a Christmas coloured cover although we do worry that the young lady's hair might catch fire!

The appropriately named Randi was their first girl that month and, as was now becoming typical, displayed some engorged labia.

Hustler claimed that the second girl in that issue, Susan, was British but we have no way of knowing whether that was true or not.  Whatever, she displayed her inviting anus in this soapy bath shot.

There was seasonal boy/girl play in their pictorial St Nick with the young lady receiving a gift wrapped dildo to play with (still a very unusual sight in men's magazines of the time) and then getting a good whipping with a sprig of holly.  An unusual S&M touch at the time.  Another assertively displayed anus here too.

There was another strong rear end picture in Hustler Honey Candy's pictorial which also featured one of those life sized centrefold posters the magazine was fond of.

The final December lady, Lorilee, cavorts down by the sea and displays her own oyster and arsehole.  Smells salty!

First issue of Chic November 1976

The previous month Larry Flynt had launched a new magazine called Chic. This was the second magazine launched by Larry Flynt after Hustler and, unlike many other magazines on the market at the time, it certainly did have a heterogeneous house style.

Flynt had always derided Penthouse's and Playboy's artistic pretentions as regards its photography of women. The quality of Hustler's initial pictorials was pretty low and added to this, the magazine was printed on cheap paperstock. So it was something of a surprise to see Flynt launch a higher quality magazine.  As these first two covers show it looked more like Lui or its American incarnation Oui than anything that Flynt might have devised.

Chic was to Hustler what Oui was to Playboy: a more European influenced magazine designed to take on Penthouse.   Greta, here, would have been quite at home in the pages of Oui.  The paper was better quality, the photographers were better quality and the girls were definitely better quality.

Centrefold girl Nicole

Chic looked different. For a start it was a physically larger magazine. Playboy, Penthouse, Gallery, Oui etc all measured the standard 8.5 x 11 inches. Chic, like Men Only in the UK was 9 x 12 inches (which makes it a bugger to scan on a normal sized scanner!). In addition, Chic only featured full page or two page spread shots in its pictorials rather than mixing full page pictures with smaller ones as the other magazines did.

Lindy sparkles

The bigger size of the magazine gave their pictures a great visual impact particularly as they started to feature close ups, such as this one of Lindy, the third and final girl in the issue.  Although the general look of the models and photographs was closer to Oui than anything else in the US market it was, after all a Larry Flynt magazine, so many of the photographs of the girls featured their labia although, unlike Hustler, there were no anuses as yet.

In our next episode we will move on to 1977 to see how some of these themes developed.


  1. Just found the site, awesome work. I read everything. I know you focus on the erotic/vintage, but I would be curious to learn (at least in text, if not picture form) about the details of many of the most recent changes among the big three mags. For example, what occured in the 1990's with Penthouse getting very extreme with their pictures to the point it went bankrupt, restructed in 2005 to become whatever it is today. Also, the details surrounding how Playboy's displaying of the crotch area seemed to become a bit more risque since coming out of the millenium. It seems like I know a bit about this stuff, but I haven't really followed these mags and know practically nothing. It is all very interesting though!

  2. All will be revealed in due course! I intend to carry on in detail through the rest of the seventies and the early eighties until about 1984. Then there will be some summary articles covering eighties, nineties, naughties etc. As you mention the ebb and flow of what was deemed permissable is interesting!

  3. Sounds great, Triple P! Please, keep up the great work and we will continue to follow it. Saw some of the more recent Penthouse mags recently and I think the "Maxim" influence/over-tones of it have really hurt the product. Not only does it seem like more of a boring, shallow, generic mainstream product overall when it comes to the articles but the pictorials themselves also seem mostly sterile and useless. The great lighting, sets, and artistic-meets-dirty style of pre-2005 Penthouse lay-outs seem to be long gone in favor of day-bright, air-brushed photos of women in a very basic set of poses that could not be more uninteresting. Only when the models are especially gorgeous does there seem to be some redeeming value to it and even then they are hindered by the mag's new style. It's a shame. Anyway, will continue to follow the blog and let others know too!

  4. You seem to be overlooking Carrie Nelson, oethouse pet from January 1978. Her penultimate shot is a full-on masturbatory orgasm, with her finger right on her labia in a blur of motion. her gatefold shows her in post-orgasmic bliss, having knocked over the chair she was bent over.

    Show us and tell us about her!
    oh, and there was a blonde penthouse pet in the early 80s who died shortly after her appearance, so the 49-year old was neither the first nor even the youngest.

  5. I don;t mean to be overly critical, by the way; I love your work! Thank you for it.

  6. Not aware of the Pet who died in the eighties: always looking to revise these pieces though so any comments are apppreciated.

    Haven't got to 1978 but looking forward to Miss Nelson very much!

  7. These photos are superb. I love them.The photo of Joni with a finger between her labial lips is beautiful.
    These photos are so good.

  8. I happened onto your blog while looking for the erotic illustrations of Tom Poulton and stayed to have a long look around.

    Your blog is excellent, great photos, lots of information, intelligent and sexy at the same time.

  9. Thank you. I intend to post more Tom Poulton over on my Seduction of Venus blog in a few weeks.

  10. Sorry, can't figure out how else to contact you, but thought you might find this interesting:
    In the May/'76 issue of 'Penthouse' there's a g/b set called 'Easy Riders'. The women is softcore actress 'Rainbeaux'/Cheryl Smith.


  11. Just FYI:
    The December 'OUI' "pussy tickling" model is Ava Cadell.

  12. Thanks for both of those confirmations. Ava Cadell was the first woman I saw appear full frontal in a film at the cinema (as opposed to on TV). (The Golden Lady (1979))

  13. Enjoy everything that has been exposed on your blog. To my surprise, I see you have found an ex-wife of mine who finished second in the "girl next door" contest wth the shot (one of many taken that day). Unfortunately, the magazine decided to cloud out her beautiful Yonii.
    .Nice to see her again, however. Definitely worthy of some wood. Thanks!

  14. There should also be a "girl next door" picture of Barbara Garmisa from that same era that all would love to see. This former Playboy former "receptionist" was quite a vixen. With true natural 38"d Italian tits, 26" waist and 34" waist she was a site to behold. To anyone who had her the surely remember her huge clittywhich she fondly referred to as her
    little cock. She was a squirter as well. With long blonde streaked hair past her titties. A finely trimmed patch of fur just about her clit shaft and a fully tanned body she was a goddess to behold.Bi as well.

  15. By the way, Barbara Jean happened to be close friends with another Playboy receptionist, Carol O'Neall Douglas, Miss July 1972.

  16. Love every word of your series. I'm typing this when I should be working.

    A minor correction. When you say Suzanne Saxon was the first Penthouse Pet known to have died, you are forgetting about Carole Augustine (Pet of the Month, February 1972), quite a favourite of mine, whose centerfold shot provided me with my first view between a woman's spread legs, and who tragically died in 1976.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I am well on the way with the first quarter of 1980. I also now have many more pictures to add for the earlie years too. You're quite right about Carole Augustine, of course. When I wrote this I wasn't aware of Carole's story although I have written about her since here: - the comments include some interesting observations by someone who knew her.

  17. Love the pic of 19 year old Melanie Griffith! What a lovely bush! I bet Don Johnson had an awesome time splitting her in half with his big ol' schlong, lol!

  18. Maravilhosas,lindas,deliciosas,que tesão de meninas,muito boas,beijos....