As it's Valentines Day today B has suggested that I post another couples pictorial from Penthouse in the early seventies. Eight months after the previous example, Pair Play, Penthouse's next couples pictorial wasn't really a "love set" at all but a Pet pictorial which included a man, as the title page for Sandy Robertson's December 1973 pictorial showed.
First off, however, we are presented with some photgraphs of the Pet herself. At least we can appreciate her, as we had yet to experience the Penthouse soft-focus effect in all its washed out diffuseness.
There are several noteworthy things about the splendid Miss Robertson. Firstly, she has extreme tan lines. this is something that would become more common as Penthouse increasingly used American rather than British models.
Secondly, she has amazing, waist-length hair as demonstrated in this prototypical Penthouse mirror shot.
According to the text, Sandy was 36-23-36, as convincingly demonstrated by this series of photographs.
In 1973 Bob Guccione had shot seven out of the twelve centrefolds, the others being covered by Jeff Dunas and Ken Marcus. Tim Perior also contributed this unusual set. This was Tim's first shoot for Penthouse and he included these two more abstracted studies of Sandy's splendid body which, again, were unusual for the time.
Perior was born in Detroit in 1940 and studied commercial and fine art at the Cass Technical High School in Detroit. By 1968 he had set up his first photographic studio in Southern California. He carried on doing glamour and fashion photography for 11 years.
He shot another four pictorials for Penthouse, such as Jennifer Welch (above) from January 1975, but never another Pet of the Month. He also did some work for Guccione's womens' magazine Viva, including this cover shot of a couple from August 1974.
In the slightly more soft-focus photograph, below, Sandy shows a hint of a split beaver, which was very unusual indeed for the period.
Unexpectedly, a man (called Chuck in the text) suddenly appears for most of the rest of the pictorial. This really was a new departure for Penthouse. They had occasionally shown their Pets interacting with clothed men before but until this point the only other one to be photographed with a naked man was Billie Rainbird in several photographs of her on the beach with a real seventies beardy-weirdy back in May 1971.
Billie Rainbird on the beach with a very short ugly man in 1971
Sandy seems to have faired much better as her man seems to be a mixture of Wolverine and seventies British Olympic swimmer David Wilkie.
At least Chuck is taller than Sandy! Some Penthouse readers had been asking for men in the pictorials for some time. Oui magazine, the Playboy-owned supposed challenger to Penthouse for the slighly naughtier European-influenced market, had posed their centrefolds with male models several times. So now it was a case of of the imitated being the imitator.
However, none of the Oui pictorials were as passionate as this one, as the couple get friendly in the pool.
Sandy, here, shows that she has a very strong nose, which is quite unusual for a glamour model, but Triple P likes a girl with a strong nose and thinks she looks great. In the text of her pictorial it said that Sandy was an actress and had appeared in several films, including The Terminal Man (which hadn't been released at that point) and The Mad Bomber (1973) but there is no sign of her on IMDB.
Triple P thinks that this is a nice sequence of photographs capturing something of the tactile feel of contact with another naked body in water which, for some reason, feels more intense than it does in the air.
Chuck enjoys a good nuzzle whilst Sandy is the first Pet to be shown with her legs wrapped around a man; the previous two couples sets didn't go that far.
Photographer Tim Perior moved on to more mainstream work; a lot more coming his way after he photographed Salvador Dali in Spain. Today he is involved in TV and film production, graphics, stage productions and books. He also produces religious themed art. He is certainly a busy man!
Notably, he is now an evangelical Christian running his own evangelistic ministry since 1982. Bizzarely, too, he was the first producer of Evel Knievel's stunt shows. Although he mentions his glamour work briefly on his website he doesn't mention, of course, his previous work with Penthouse, especially as he was doing quite risque stuff by the time he finished at the magazine, as can be seen from this March 1977 shot of Nicole Carole.
Meanwhile, he gives us the first picture in Penthouse of a man touching a woman's pubic hair, making this one of the magazine's barrier breaking pictorials and notably more racy than his rivals at Playboy or Oui had done.
This picture of Sandy straddling Chuck is also much stronger than anything seen in the previous couples pictorials.
Finally, we get this implied post-coital shot which is the first example of something that we will certainly see again.
Unlike Oui, Penthouse had Sandy appearing solo in her centrefold, Chuck having been...chucked. It is a particularly nice centrefold too with Sandy looking gloriously fluffy down below.
Penthouse never repeated this experiment of having a man interact with the Pet of the Month. In the future couples pictorials would be completely seperate although, of course, some Pets would later appear in couples pictorials themselves. It would be another twelve months before another couples pictorial and that would have an unusual aspect as well.