Femmes Fatales Jan 29 2013
ST. CYR INTENTIONS
She always kept her valuables under lock and key.

Above is a nice studio shot of legendary burlesque dancer Lili St. Cyr from Modern Man magazine of August 1956. St. Cyr, who we’ve written about extensively, died today in 1999. The image came from the blog Vintage Scans. 

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Vintage Pulp Nov 18 2012
NOOSEWORTHY
She’s having a hanging party and you’re the guest of honor.

Imagine our surprise. The Goodtime Weekly Calendar of 1963 has offered up its first fully clothed model of the year. The bad news is she’s also wearing a wicked expression and holding a rope. The model is unknown to us, but since she was photographed by filmmaker Russ Meyer, it’s possible she appeared in one of his films and we simply don’t recognize her. Anyway, lovely shot, cool jeans, great hair, scary rope. As for this week’s observations, you have to marvel at the Goodtime guys’ self confidence in using original material. And really, why not? Who needs Shakespeare? Why quote Oscar Wilde? No sir. When you can come up with the word “nutwork” all by yourself, clearly classical wit and wisdom have been outshone. And that one about how a waitress catches more passes than a football player? Sub. Lime. More quips below, but shield your eyes. This is incandescent stuff.

Nov 17: “Hard cash makes life soft.”—Freddie Flintstone
 
Nov 18: “Some of the prettiest girls in television sell the dullest products.”—Mae Maloo
 
Nov 19: Now you know why TV stations called themselves nutwork.
 
Nov 20: “The hardest decision for a woman to make is when to start middle age.”—Warren Hull.
 
Nov 21: “Overheard: ‘If my boss thinks I’m going to work 35 hours a week, he’d better look for another girl.’”—Irv Kupcinet.
 
Nov 22: A waitress catches more passes than a football player.
 
Nov 23: One world: Where America has most of the world’s automobiles and Russia has the most parking space.
 
Update: All we have to do is ask. A reader identified the model for us, and even pointed us toward another image, which you see below. She is a British model named Iris Bristol, and besides posing awesomely for photos she had several uncredited roles in movies and television, including a blink-and-you-miss-it bit in My Fair Lady. Thanks to Jo B. for digging up that info.    
 

 
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