1950’s Carnival Cheesecake!

A stunning vintage beauty from the Carnival Annual P22 (1956) and shot by West End Photo’s, but model and photographer unknown. I just love the classic 1950’s hairstyle combined with the red lipstick, fishnet stockings and low cut bra giving us just a hint of nipple. A classic vintage glamour or cheesecake beauty, although I think the red lipstick has been ever so slightly enhanced in this shot.

The term cheesecake seems to have derived from a genre of glamour photography and poster art made popular in wartime pin-ups of the 1940’s, often featuring modest poses by movie starlets displaying lots of leg but little explicit nudity. So called because of the resemblance of a stocking-clad female thigh to the layers of a cheesecake dessert. I think this shot fits that genre perfectly.

Incidentally, this was the first ever magazine I physically purchased and scanned 🙂

Susan Rivers By Harrison Marks (1956)

An early shot of Susan Rivers by Harrison Marks from the 1956 Carnival Annual. The same image along with another of Susan (below) also appear in the October edition of Fiesta from the same year. It seems that this image as well as the one below incorrectly name the model as Eva Wilde Pamela Green, which it most definitely isn’t! Although some shots of Pamela at the time have her with a similar short red hairstyle, they are different models and one of Pamela with this hairstyle also appears in the same Carnival Annual.

Rita Landre – Redhead in White

If we’re talking redheads we must not forget one of my all time favourite redheads that wasn’t and that was Rita Landre, or as we all know now Pamela Green in red wig. This shot of Rita amongst the white fur by Harrison Marks comes from the Carnival Annual 1956 and looks to have come from the same set as her on the cover of Foto No.13, which then dates that magazine around the same time. I’m sure that looks like the top of her areola peeking out above the top of the fur?