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[Archive of 600+ Black-and-White Erotic and Pornographic Jazz Age, Prohibition, and Depression Era Photographs]
[Various: np, New York, San Francisco, etc.] : [Various], [ca. 1915-1940]. Very good. Four photo albums. Photo sizes vary, majority snapshot, but many larger. Most loosely corner-mounted, some glued, with a number additionally loosely laid in. Some larger format images hole punched at edge and inserted in two-ring binder. Overall condition of photos, however, still easily very good or better. Albums themselves good only with many pages lose, some chipping, boards of one album detached. An exhaustive archive of illicit photographs from just before to just after the Jazz Age. Encompassing a wide variety of materials - from nude studio portraits and real photo postcards to vernacular snapshots - this collection offers an exceptionally comprehensive overview of Depression-era pornographic photo practices, ones that exhibit the tensions prevalent in the industry during this time of censorship, prosecution, and prohibition: between the artistic, the academic/scientific, and the prurient. The collection includes most prominently more than three-dozen images by Albert Arthur Allen, most 8” x 10”. Allen is increasingly recognized as a key figure of the period (and the subject of the 2001 monograph PREMIER NUDES). Frequently prosecuted during his career, Allen is singled out as one of the first - if not the first – fine art nude photographer to show pubic hair. Many of the Allen photos have been hand-colored by the photographer and are rare thus. Also included are several dozen 8” x 10” images from many other noted erotic studios of the day: Alta (San Francisco), Krueger (Cleveland), Tuscan (Red Bluff, CA) and Rembrandt (Bayonne, NJ). The collection is also noteworthy for the number and quality of vernacular images present. Numerous outdoor scenes (sylvan, oceanic, etc.), ranging from the artful and idyllic to the raunchy and rude. Plus: an abundance of flappers. Flappers with ukeleles and at pianos. Coy flappers and naughty flappers in various flapper fashions. Flappers of all shapes and sizes. Also: an album of slightly later (ca. 1930's) amateur snapshots detailing several women and men in various poses, including in coitus, both in and around period automobiles. Did we mention the flappers? An exceptional collection, one that would be difficult and significantly more expensive to assemble piecemeal. More than 600 photographs in all.
      [Bookseller: Brian Cassidy, Bookseller]
Last Found On: 2013-10-20           Check availability:      IOBABooks    

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