Succumbing To “Smut”

If you believe that cheesecake pin ups represent the ‘good girl’, then fetish sirens would be the ‘bad girl’. With an identifiable uniform of impossibly high heels/boots, corsets, leather gloves and other accoutrements. Vintage fetish magazines helped to set the stage for most modern magazine covers. You don’t need to be into traditional fetish to admire the appeal of high heels, a defined hourglass figure and a look that promises untold pleasures. It would be criminal to mention 50’s fetish magazines and not mention ‘leather peddler’ (my own moniker) Leonard Burtman.

If Irving Klaw brought the photographs, John Willie brought the art; Burtman brought a centralised publishing house to cater to this niche market. Using Burmel Publishing House Burtman disseminated various ‘specialist’ magazines including Exotique, Ultra, High Heels and Bizarre Life. Collaborated with the biggest names in the fetish scene; artists John Willie, Eric Stanton, Gene Bilbew. Photography by Irving Klaw. Models including pin up icon Bettie Page and one time wife Tana Louise. Like contemporary Klaw, both were harassed by authorities for being pornographers (even though there was no nudity  or suggestive tone featured in both cases). Sadly after being tried for obscenity, both men had to leave their endeavours. Though their paths were marred with problems, a legacy of leather and latex was left for future generations to enjoy.

Dominance

Silk Stocking

ultra shoes

Exotique Mistress

 

 

 

 

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2 comments

  1. Time to read up, on my end!

  2. Some great period pieces here.

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