Category Archives: Sex in History

Vintage Spanking Postcards

In addition to discovering some interesting surreal, dark, and playful paintings at the Museum of Erotica in Barcelona, I also enjoyed viewing their collection of vintage erotic postcards. The description of the postcards said they’re from 1900 to the end of World War I, but unfortunately it didn’t give any details as to where each postcard came from specifically. There was a range of genres of erotic postcards, from glamour photos of single women showing only their breasts, to explicit ones portraying group sex and “sex toys,” to spanking scenes like these, which were some of my favorites:

The first postcard makes me imagine a sort of confessional/discipline scene, and the second seems to be a group public humiliation/spanking…what do you think?

 

Erotic Art Thursday 1: Peter Fendi

Although I never formally posted about it, you may know from some of my tweets that I recently traveled to Barcelona for a month. While I was there, I didn’t have much time to do anything blog-related, but I did get a chance to visit a couple of sex shops as well as the Museum of Erotica, a gallery of historic erotic artifacts, paintings, photographs, and films on La Rambla.

The Museum of Erotica was basically a series of small rooms with various erotic artworks with short descriptions and an optional audio guide. I used the audio guide for awhile but got bored pretty quickly listening to the not very informative descriptions and mainly wandered around shooting photos of pieces that interested me.

I enjoyed viewing the erotic artwork, even though the museum was small and overpriced (9 Euro.) Rather than try to include all of my favorite images from the museum in one post, Jake suggested that I post one or two every week, and thus my idea for Erotic Art Thursdays was born.

This week I would like to share two of my favorites from the museum, erotic watercolors by Austrian artist Peter Fendi (1796-1842.) I’m sure you can guess why I love the enthusiastic portrayal of female ejaculation, and I especially love the image of all of the men drinking it!

If you would like your artwork featured on an upcoming Erotic Art Thursday post, feel free to contact me!

 

Pin-Up Tips


I’ve been infatuated with pin-ups ever since I opened a Gil Elvgren planner a few years ago and discovered his glamorous world of curvy, seductive girls. Some of my favorite pin-ups are the teasing ones, the women that expose only a glimpse of their sensuality, like the tops of stockings or a flash of leg, in seemingly innocent situations in their daily life. I also love the ones that put it all out there, wearing nothing but pursed lips and curled hair like Marilyn Monroe in her 1953 Playboy pictorial. While there are many different pin-up styles, they all have some things in common, like curves, confidence, and an air of seduction.

Around the same time I started getting into pin-ups, I also began modeling as a hobby and experimenting with retro looks. Although I don’t have the patience to dress like a pin-up all of the time (some people do, and they do it brilliantly), I do like to get all dolled up occasionally to go out or for a photo shoot. I am by no means an expert, but through my experiences I’ve learned some tips to create easy pin-up inspired looks.

Inspiration

The first step to looking pin-up is finding inspiration from books, magazines, websites, old movies, or whatever else moves you. Pay attention to makeup, clothing, setting, poses, and other details to spark your own creativity. When preparing for a pin-up look, I draw ideas from artists like Alberto Vargas and Olivia de Berardinis, classic and modern pin-up girls like Betty Grable, Jayne Mansfield and Dita Von Teese, burlesque performers, fetish fashion, and the rockabilly style in Austin. Remember that you don’t have to follow one particular fashion, and you can create your own individual look by mixing retro and modern styles.

Makeup

My favorite way to easily create a pin-up look is with red lipstick and “wing tip” eyeliner. To get the wing tip look, apply liquid eyeliner to the top lids only with flicks at the outward corners of your eyes. If you’ve never done it before, there are tons of YouTube video tutorials. While I don’t have a ton of makeup, I do have the essentials for an occasional pin-up look: primer/concealer/ foundation/powder, beige eye shadow, black liquid eyeliner, and deep red lipstick and lip liner.

If you’re like me and don’t like spending a lot of time applying makeup (or if you aren’t great at it), you can also opt for getting a makeup artist or skilled friend to do it instead. Many makeup counters at the mall offer free makeovers with a purchase, which is an easy way to get a professional look as well as makeup to take home and touch it up with. I had my makeup done at a MAC counter for my first pin-up shoot, and not only did I love the outcome, but I’ve also been in love with MAC’s Russian Red ever since.

Hair

Whether its victory rolls, pin curls, or even hair still in rollers, curls are essential for a classic pin-up look. If you have long hair, you can either leave it down and curly or curl it and pin it under to get a fake short hair look.

Clothing

The best way to get an authentic pin-up look is to wear vintage clothing and or lingerie. However, since I live in Austin and vintage clothes are extremely popular and therefore usually expensive, I can’t afford to buy a lot of real retro outfits. While it is possible to find some inexpensive vintage treasures by searching thrift stores, you can also “fake” the pin-up look by choosing the right clothing and lingerie, even if it’s brand new.

Thigh high stockings and garters are an easy way to create a pin-up look for cheap, and you can find them at almost any lingerie shop or online. Choose a garter belt that is high waisted (I especially like ones with metal hooks rather than plastic) and thigh highs that have a Cuban heel or back seam. Corsets, waist cinchers, bustiers, baby dolls, costumes, and animal and cherry print pieces are also good options for modern lingerie that can still have a retro flair.

Other wardrobe choices that can be used to create a pin-up look include button down dresses, high waisted bottoms, pencil skirts, ¾ sleeve cardigans, one piece or high waisted swimsuits, robes, round or peep toe pumps, heels with a single ankle strap, or any clothing inspired by the 1940s and 1950s.

Perhaps the best part of pin-up is that clothing is optional, so if you don’t know what to wear and feel comfortable nude, strip down to a just a smile and a teasing pose.

Some Last Tips

For pin-up shoots, having a professional photographer is ideal, but if you don’t have enough money or access to one, you can still take the images yourself or with a friend’s help, and thanks to the many programs and apps such as Photobucket and Streamzoo, you can easily add a photo filter to your images to make them look old or retro. If you’re planning a pin-up shoot, practice different facial expressions and posing in seductive positions. Also, don’t forget to plan out your makeup, hair, and clothing in advance so you’re not stressing on the day of a shoot.

Lastly, the most important part of looking pin-up is having a sensual, playful, and confident attitude. Over everything else, do and wear whatever makes you feel comfortable, sexy, and seductive.

 

Photography: Meera Images and Kalospix

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Vintage Vibrator Ads

I was recently skimming through a newspaper from June 14, 1977, when I came across some stimulating ads…for vintage vibrators! I was a little shocked to see ads for “massagers” right next to all of the other ads from Sommers Family Drugstore, but I guess they were suppossedly back massagers, and actually vibrators were pretty much out of the closet by the 70s…

Check this one out:

          This one is actually featured in Babeland’s Museum of Vintage vibrators, you can take a look here. While you’re on the site, check out their history of vibrators and the other cool vintage vibrators in the galleries. You can also actually purchase vintage vibes on Ebay if you so desire.
          Here’s another:
          And something tells me this wasn’t just for relaxation either…
          I also found a massage parlor ad in the Personals section:
          These ads are for Father’s Day presents, complete with everything Dad needs: a new electric shaver, a lunchbox for work, a vibrator, and cigars for afterwards!
          Oh and of course beer and Sex Appeal cologne:
          I’m so glad I decided to read through the ad section of the paper, it was more interesting than the articles!
          After seeing these ads I was thinking that it would be super awesome to have a vintage vibrator, but actually I have a Hitachi Magic Wand. Although it was brand new when I got it new, Hitachis have been around since the ’70s, so I still have a retro style vibe!