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BETTIE PAGE SILVER GELATIN PHOTOGRAPHS BY IRVING KLAW
In honor of the Catalina Island Museum‘s exhibition of Bunny Yeager photos of Bettie Page, it seemed right to let these out of the vault for what will likely be the last time. In most cases we only have one of each of these left, and at $75 they’re a steal!
Each is an original 4×5 snapshot from the negative printed while Movie Star News was operating as a mail order business. Founder of Movie Star News and one of the first fetish photographers in American history, Irving Klaw, was considered the Pin-Up King and spawned the careers of Baby Lake, Tempest Storm, Blaze Star and his most famous model, Bettie Page. Bettie became the first female bondage model.
Bettie Page (April 22, 1923 – December 11, 2008) was the undisputed Queen of Pinups. Her jet-black hair, eye color, and trademark bangs have influenced artists and fashion for generations. Hugh Hefner called her “an iconic figure in pop culture.”
1957 marked the beginning of the end of Irving Klaw’s mail-order photography business. An investigation tried to link pornography to juvenile delinquency and McCarthy-style hearings branded Klaw as a degenerate pornographer, ushering in a new wave of media censorship. Because of the political, social, and legal pressures he faced, Klaw closed his storefront business and burned many of his negatives. It is estimated that more than 80 percent of the negatives were destroyed. This collection of photographs was struck from the original source photos. Each photograph comes with a certificate of authenticity. There are no watermarks on the actual photographs.