Posts Tagged ‘pearls’

Valentine Vixens: Inaugural edition featuring Margaret Scott

February 1, 2010

Today, instead of crawling back in to bed, I am forcing myself to find a new project that will hopefully start me writing every day again. You know me and the playmates: spoonfuls of sugar help the medicine go down! With that idea, twenty-nine rays of sunshine to light up your lonelyhearted February are headed your way: a Valentine Vixen a day. Beginning right … now.

Photographed by Baumgarth Calendar Co and purchased by Hef in 1953.

Another of Hefner’s fortunate discoveries from the well-filled files of the John Baumgarth Calendar Company in Melrose Park, Illinois was pretty-in-pink Miss February, Margaret Scott. Miss Scott’s shapely figure and ultrafeminine dressing-room set apparently made her an instant hit with the readers who purchased the third issue of Hef’s infant magazine: she became an extremely popular Playmate, drawing stacks of letters from the legions of her enthusiastic supporters. There’s even a chance that Margaret posed again under another name. See Miss April 1954. (The Playmate Book, 1996)

In April 1954, Margaret appeared as the “gatefold” model under the name Marilyn Waltz, again in a picture purchased by Hef from Baumgarth Calendar Company (rest assured, I am chasing that lead down to see more pictures or my name is not Cheesecake McVintagepants).

Photographed by Baumgarth Calendar Co.

For her first official Playboy shoot, the lovely and talented Wisconsin-born model posed again as Marilyn Waltz the following April, in 1955, as the Playmate of the Month. Why, look at that, I already have that one saved due to the fact that I was planning a thingy on vintage centerfolds in tacky capri pants — there are laughably plenty.

Photographed by Hal Adams.

Thanks to her caginess and Hugh Hefner using nudie calendar photography during the fledgling years of the magazine Marilyn/Margaret can lay claim to being one of only two women who are three-time Playmates, giving them the most appearances as centerfolds of any women to ever be featured in the magazine. (The other is Janet Pilgrim, Miss July and December 1955, and Miss October 1956.) But Marilyn did not reveal her multiple appearances for over forty years.

After Hef broadly speculated as to the similarities between Marilyn Waltz and Margaret Scott in 1996’s The Playmate Book, Marilyn contacted Playboy and confirmed that both models were her: she had posed for Baumgarth Calendar Co. as Margaret Scott when she was younger, but had posed under her real name subsequently.

Waltz received more fan mail — ironically, for her Margaret Scott appearance — than any other Playmate in 1954. Her February 1954 Margaret Scott centerfold appearance is seen as a classic. (the wiki)

Marilyn Arduth Waltz Jordan died December 23, 2006, in Medford, Oregon. She was 76.

Liberated Negative Space o’ the Day: by way of introducing E’s First Resolution of 2010

January 11, 2010

There is this old fairy tale I’ve always been kind of obsessed with. Two sisters are at a well when an old woman with her whole life strapped to her back approaches them and asks for a drink. One sister scorns the beggar and tells her to go away. The other apologizes for her sister’s behavior, draws up the bucket, and gives the old woman a drink from her dipper, despite her filthy condition. The beggar reveals herself to be a powerful fairy, who curses the sister who spoke cruelly to her so that, whenever she opens her mouth to speak, toads and adders will tumble out.

Woodcut illustration for the Perrault version

To the sister that was kind to her, the fairy blesses her, turning her dipper to gold, and puts a spell on her so that whenever she speaks, pearls and rubies and precious gems will fall from her lips — because of this, a prince hears about it and marries the nice girl. (A dubious gift and all-around problematic lesson, I have always thought, but I will save that for another day.)

Somewhere good.

The problems aside, this is my first firmly formed Resolution of 2010: Pearls and Rubies.

Less trash-talk and denigration slithering out of my mouth, more pearls and rubies dripping from my lips. That includes not just ceasing gossip, but in changing my entire mindset, so that if I were about to criticize someone, I might instead take that criticism and turn it around, maybe offer some insight into why I think that person who is being discussed (probably not present during that) is behaving the way they are, and a hope that things will improve for them.

Massachusetts, United States.

Leviticus 19:16
“Do not go about spreading slander among your people.”

Ephesians 4:29;31
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers… Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”

Paris, France.

Phillipians 4:8
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

(Miss D, I know you are laughing at my deliberate inclusion of quotes from St. Paul’s letters — but this year, I am determined that I am going to take a stab at resolving some of my Paul problems, too, so make me work on it!)

Matthew 12:36
“But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.”

I am going to try to continue the process of change I began almost a year ago, and strive to constantly improve myself and the world around me. I especially like this resolution because it forces me to stop complaining (i.e. criticizing) and actually take action to resolve my issues with how a thing is going or a person is acting. I think this is really going to make me a better person. Or get me punched in the face. I’ll keep you posted!

NSFW November: Miss November 2009, Kelley Brooke Thompson

November 28, 2009

The most recent addition to the family of lovely and talented Miss Novembers is 2009’s Playboy Playmate of the Month, Kelley Brooke Thompson.

Photographed by Arny Freytag

Miss D and I were talking about the television program “The Girls Next Door” a little while back and I commented, “Don’t even talk to me about Holly Madison right now; I am so mad at her. I would’ve credited her with more brains than this. I’m so disappointed in her.”

This was in reference to the I-once-thought-shrewd Ms. Madison having lost her mind, broken up with Hugh Hefner, and moved out of the mansion to be with that filthy hobo illusionist Criss Angel, who has, on top of that, now broken up with her. Both Miss D and I were completely familiar with the details of all this: I don’t have cable but Miss D keeps me up to speed on the choice, juicier details of reality television, and naturally I keep my own eye on goings-on in the Playboy empire. We are not the only ones, it seems! Ms. Thompson credits “The Girls Next Door,” E!’s reality show about the life of the playmates at Hef’s mansion in Holmby Hills, as the inspiration for her decision to become a nude model.

Kelley has wanted to be a Playmate ever since she became a fan of “The Girls Next Door” four years ago. “I immediately fell in love with Hef and the girls on that show, and I was, like, ‘Wow, it would be really awesome to experience something like that. It’d be like a dream.'” (“Lone Star,” Playboy, November 2009)

You keep on chasing the dream, kiddo! I think Ms. Thompson looks pretty sweet and natural. No hate from this corner.

In keeping with the modern age of her appearance in the magazine, you can hit Ms. Thompson up on the myspace (her current mood is “giggly”!) or the twitter any ol’ time, although her myspace profile is set to private, so you will need an account and an accepted friend request from her to view her pictures. Her most recent tweet is: “Don’t twitter and drink lol”. Words to live by.

She also has a personal website and blog.

Kelley has the mixed bag of blessings of being the Playmate of the Month in the issue of Playboy featuring Marge Simpson on its cover. All hail the gimmicks brought about by the impending death of print media! I say it’s a mixed blessing because, while it means this issue is going to sell bunches more copies than normal, Ms. Thompson may find her pictorial and interview overshadowed by the Simpson shenanigans as far as what is being paid attention to within the pages of the issue. Good luck, kiddo! Time will tell!