Sunday, July 24, 2011

On the Beach by Geoffrey Rian

Although we featured a Penthouse couples set (actually a threesome) in the post before this we have had a request for the next one, chronologically, in the magazine. 

In fact, the next "love set" in Penthouse after the previous Three in Love was the girl/girl set Rites of Spring, from March 1975, which we have already posted (and yes, S, the next one after this will be girl/girl too!).

So here we have On the Beach photographed by Geoffrey Rian which is, of course, a nom-de-plume for Jeff Dunas.  This pictorial appeared in the May 1975 edition of Penthouse where Dunas was the photographer of that month's Pet, Ava Gallay, so he obviously used the AKA so as not to seem too dominant.

The text for this one is even more pretentious than usual.  This, for example, is the opening lines: "The sea draws us endlessly.  In its saline womb, life began and our bloodstream eternally sings our need of the surging mother."  This paragraph finishes: "And through all the actions of our mundane theatre, we seek to return to the source, the simplicity before the world became consious of its own becoming."  Good grief!

Our protagonists are called (at least as far as the text is concerned) Jean-Paul and Simone (actually none other than model turned photographer Suze Randall) and the pictorial was shot in the South of France. The locations really benefit this set which is stylistically very different from the ones that have gone before.

In both the previous boy/girl sets (Ken Marcus' One and One make Free and Pair Play (also by Jeff Dunas)) the images were cropped very tight on the couple with very little in the way of background or location feel.  In fact One and One only had one interior setting and Pair Play had just two.

On the Beach, however, makes the most of its Mediterranean setting and, initially, we get to see our couple strolling around a typical Provencal fishing village before lounging around in a boat.

Here we have Penthouse's boldest pussy touching photo so far made acceptable, of course, by everything happening safely under the girl's bikini bottom.

Nearly all the previous love sets had had some (or even all, in some cases) of the pictures shot in woods or fields so it is no surprise to find such a sequence here.

Here for only the second time Penthouse dared to show a man's penis something that, for example, Playboy had not dared to do in any of their boy/girl pictorials.  In fact Simone seems to actually be touching it with her finger.

However, in this playful picture a flower makes an effective fig-leaf substitute!

At last we get down to the beach of the title but it isn't exactly a stretch of soft sand.  In fact, it looks decidedly uncomfortable and must be hard on Simone's back and Jean-Paul's knees.

Although the couple are photographed in a passionate clinch there is still not yet any strong suggestion of intercourse.  We are still at the heavy petting stage in the magazine.

Jean-Paul becomes the first male model in Penthouse to flash his cock twice in one pictorial and Simone gets her hand down between his legs bringing her hand into very close proximity to him.

The pictorial finishes with this effective two page spread, with Simone firmly astride Jean-Paul's thigh.  The sauciest love set from Penthouse so far.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

German lesbian postcards from the Weimar Republic

My largely sapphic friend in Canada S has commented that we haven't had any lady love on this blog for a time and, indeed, haven't had any posts at all for too long. So, we aim to remedy this over the next week or so.

After Paris, the other great European centre for the production of erotic photographs and postcards was Berlin, although its output was nothing like as great as that of the French capital.

As in France, the post Great War environment was conducive to a greater acceptance of lesbianism.  Women, at least in the big cities, felt more able to express their distaff sexuality and, indeed, as in Paris, it actually became fashionable for some women to affect lesbian styles in dress and hair.  It was said that an actress could increase her popularity if it was rumoured that she was having a relationship with another actress.  The lesbian movement, riding on the coat-tails of greater acceptance of male homosexuality in Berlin society, had the added advantage that lesbianism wasn't illegal (unlike homosexuality) and so women could appear more openly in general (rather than closed, elite) society.  The image of lesbians changed from their late nineteenth century image of being destructive seducers of young girls to being one reflection of womens' increasing independence.

Berlin even produced two magazines aimed at these women, Die Freundin and Garconne  which had stories and style tips all aimed at a lesbian readership.  Sadly, all this freedom really only flourished under the short-lived Weimar Republic (1919-1933).  With the coming of the Nazis "pornographers" were stamped down on and Germany's fashionable lesbians, like other groupings who were or dared to be "different" were suppressed. 

These pictures are from a series and, as usual, are anonymous.  It is hard to date these, other than by hairstyle, which places them somewhere between the early twenties and early thirties.  Over eighty years after they were taken this is still a daring and sexy set.