Item description for History of Girly Magazines (Klotz) by Dian Hanson...
Pin-ups from the 19th century to the 1960s
It all started around 1900, and wouldn't you know the French were the first? Whether you call them men's sophisticates, nudie books, or girly magazines, this long-ignored art form has a rich international history. Author Dian Hanson, a girly magazine editor for 25 years, follows the evolution of the genre from 19th century France through the Jazz Age, two world wars, the breast-centric 1950s to the end of the swinging 60s. Along the way you'll see hundreds of vintage magazines from Argentina, England, France, Germany, Mexico, and the US. Some covers are exquisitely painted by top pin-up artists Enoch Bolles, George Quintana, Earl Moran, and Peter Driben. Others are posed by Hollywood stars like Jane Mansfield, Tina Louise, and Marilyn Monroe. All are fascinating artifacts of their time, including La Vie Parisienne, the first men's lifestyle magazine from 1900; jazz-infused Sex magazine from 1926; legendary fetish digest Bizarre from 1949; Hugh Hefner's Playboy from 1953; up to hippie-inspired Nude Rebellion from 1967.
In 33 chapters and 676 pages you'll see these and many, many more, accompanied by a fact-filled, informative text sure to give you a new appreciation for the magazines once kept hidden under the mattress.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 2" Width: 6.25" Height: 7.75" Weight: 2.8 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2006
ISBN 3822828424 ISBN13 9783822828427
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"Girlie" magazines worldwide 1900-1969 in review May 5, 2007
Erotica historian Dian Hanson, author of the monumental 6-volume _The History of Men's Magazines_ (also published by Taschen), has produced what amounts to a one-volume summary of that gigantic work in this new book. Even in its "digest" size format, it's still a big chunk of work at nearly 700 pages and several thousand illustrations. It's thoroughly researched and the pictures and accompanying text are first-rate; Hanson, the former editor of one of the leading fetish magazines (Leg Show), plainly knows and loves her topic.
There are two problems, though, which prevent me from giving this book 5 stars, much as I'd like to. The first is the relatively small size of the pages, smaller in fact than a standard hardcover novel; this means many of the pictures have to be reduced in size to fit the pages, which hurts the detail. For a topic as dependent on illustrations as this, you really need the book to have at least letter-size (8 1/2 x 11 inches) or A4 (international letter-size) pages.
The second is that, despite being billed as a review of the girlie magazine from 1900 to 1969, over half the pages are given over to the 1950-1969 period. Admittedly, there is a huge wealth of material from those decades, but I should still have liked to see more material from, for example "La Vie Parisienne", which was the most famous French men's magazine of the late 19th and early 20th century.
The above criticisms notwithstanding, this book is most definitely a must-have for any serious classic-pinup collector, especially those collectors who haven't been fortunate enough to get their hands on Hanson's huge _History of Men's Magazines_ series. Add this to _The Best of American Girlie Magazines_ and _1000 Pinups_, also from the same publisher.