Friday, September 28, 2007

Bettie Page ... Friend of the Camera

Bettie Page loved the camera and the camera loved her. With her perfect 36-24-35 figure, blue eyes and long hair, the "Queen of Curves" would both shock and delight her fans with her saucy poses. At the height of her fame, there was no getting away from Page - she appeared in countless magazines, her image splashed on everything from record albums to playing cards. In 1955, she was voted "Miss Pin-up Girl of the World" and won a coveted Playboy centrefold spot. But Page's appeal wasn't just about sex, for she brought an innocence to her steamy pictures. She was the ultimate fantasy: the girl next door who'd say yes. As Playboy magazine put it, Page had a look that "suggested forbidden fruit as well as apple pie".

On the surface, Page seemed a simple proposition - a nice girl from the country who viewed posing naked as a fun adventure. But behind her sunny smile, she was a woman of contradictions - a bright, intelligent college graduate who went from one failed relationship to another and then, quite suddenly at the height of her fame, disappeared.

But despite Page's withdrawal from the public eye, fame did not desert her. On the contrary, she became a cult figure, her image continuing to appear on everything from matchboxes to T-shirts, her legend growing stronger with the passing years.

"She's the most attractive woman who ever lived, " says Steve Brewster, president of the official Bettie Page fan club. "I've had hundreds of letters from men who say once you lay eyes on her, you're magnetised. "

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Fascinating Article on Bettie by Ellsworth Boyd

Fascinating article from Bettieville about Bettie's last pictures (Source):

"The year was 1957. I was lifeguarding in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, one of a dozen Ocean City, Maryland Beach Patrol nomads who made the sunshine state pilgrimage in the late 1950s and early 1960s. There weren't many lives to save in the calm waves off this party town that one of the guys dubbed, "Ft. Liquordale." The beach was the focal point of social activity, and pretty girls were as bountiful as seashells on a shoreline that stretched more than five miles from Port Everglades to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. But of all the girls I had seen in my six-month beach tenure, none were more beautiful nor more stunning than Bettie Page.
-- Ellsworth Boyd Skin Diver 50th Anniversary Edition" Read whole article here.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Jungle Girls Art Gallery -- Great site of comic art!

Found a great site today: Jungle Girls Gallery at

A nice personal collection of comic art with a jungle girl theme. He collects any and all orginal comic art with jungle girls and when he can't find any, he commission his favorite artists to make some.

It's a wonderful site and I promise you will spend more than a few moments looking at it : )

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Halo Custom Guitars ...Guitar Makers Focus On Dark Sub-Genres

A guitar with Bettie Page painted on the body is held by owner Waylon Ford at Halo Custom Guitars, Inc. in Cupertino, Calif.. (JEFF CHIU / AP / June 19, 2007) (source)

Beautiful, isn't it.

"Regular heavy metal music can cover the usual topics of scorn and despair, while the death metal sub-genre leans heavily on growled vocals and themes such as Satanism and dark mythology.Both are an important niche for electric guitar manufacturers like 5-year-old Halo. It sold 200 guitars its first year in business and now sells 200 to 300 a month in direct sales and another 200 per month to dealers, said co-founder Waylon Ford."Ever since we started making more outrageous designs, we started selling more guitars," he said. "We really owe a lot to the metal genre." Read the whole story here)

Bettie Page on her Hair

"For years I had my hair parted down the middle in a ponytail, tucked down around the sides... Well, I went and cut the bangs, and I've been wearing them ever since. They say it's my trademark." ~ Bette Page