Donna Cole Pictures (Updated)

There are a number of Donna Cole photos floating around the internet.   Donna Cole was the name attached to them, but they were photos of me, taken by Elmer Batters on the second occasion I worked with him (see “Nude in Black and Blonde” published in onmemories).

These pictures appeared twice — once in Tip Top and once in Thigh High. They were black and white photos that were tinted by the magazine editors. The reason they were tinted was to cover the flaws.  They were taken on a movie set under harsh lighting conditions, so there were many shadows.  That is why they don’t look like most of Batters’ photos.  He preferred to work under natural lighting conditions.  Yet these photos became a set of famous pictures taken by Elmer Batters.

I have been unable to obtain copies of the magazines, so I also got these pictures over the internet. The source was simply a folder labelled “Donna Cole.” I have no information on who scanned them, but I do know that I obtained copies of the ones that were originally published in Thigh High.  (There was an extra photo included in the Thigh High version.)

I have attempted to get these photos back closer to their original look by changing them to their original black and white and then smoothing out all the magazine and scanning flaws.  I did see a negative of another photo shot at the same time on eBay, and this original negative was not nearly as “harsh” as those floating around the internet.

It takes me about 50-60 hours of work to get it good enough to make a suitable print.  So I am selling my “tweaked” photos, signed on eBay.  The first one was listed yesterday.  I have another that I might finish in a couple of weeks.  (I’m also working on some other photos, so I don’t work steadily on any one.)

Below are copies of the originals from the internet, and my “tweaked” versions.  Okay, there is only one tweaked version visible right now.  But keep returning, and there will be others added over time.

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Newly Listed on eBay

Three new photos have just been listed on eBay:

1)  A photo by Elmer Batters that was published in both Tip Top, 1964 and Thigh High, 1967.  It was published using the name “Donna Cole” but it was part of a series of photos of me taken on a movie set in August 1963.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1963-Photo-of-Gloria-Dawn-by-Elmer-Batters-Nylons-Nude-Signed-by-Model-/191147650689?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item2c8149ae81

 

A photo of Gloria Dawn taken by Elmer Batters.  This photo appeared in Tip Top, 1964 and Thigh High, 1967.

A photo of Gloria Dawn taken by Elmer Batters. This photo appeared in Tip Top, 1964 and Thigh High, 1967.

2)  A photo that Ron Vogel took at the same time that he shot the Carnival cover (Feb 1962).  The same background was used for the cover photo, but on the cover I was wearing red long johns.  This was a nude that Ron obviously hoped to use as a centerfold, but it was never published.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1962-Vintage-Nude-Photo-of-Model-Gloria-Dawn-Signed-by-Model-/191147607954?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item2c81490792

 

A photo of Gloria Dawn by Ron Vogel.  This photo was never published.

A photo of Gloria Dawn by Ron Vogel. This photo was never published.

 

3) An unpublished photo by Michael LeRoy taken in May 1963 when I had black hair.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1963-Photo-of-60s-Model-Queen-Gloria-Dawn-by-Fireplace-Signed-by-Model-/191147597669?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item2c8148df65

 

A photo of Gloria Dawn by Michael LeRoy.  This photo was never published.

A photo of Gloria Dawn by Michael LeRoy. This photo was never published.

On Ebay Now

These photos are on eBay now!

1)  An unpublished photo by Ron Vogel of me leaning against a dresser.  Ron took several of these photos, that are almost identical except that in this one, the first he took, my hands are beside me on the floor.  In all the others, my hands are resting on my lap.  I guess that Ron realized after he took this first one that it was too risque for magazines at the time (early 60s), although nothing is actually shown, only a hint that perhaps something might be showing.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1962-SEXY-Photo-of-60s-Model-GLORIA-DAWN-Signed-/191143887126?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item2c81104116

An unpublished photo by Ron Vogel.

Unpublished photo by Ron Vogel.

 

2)  An unpublished photo by Michael LeRoy taken in 1963.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1963-SEXY-Photo-of-60s-Model-GLORIA-DAWN-Signed-/191143889222?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item2c81104946

Unpublished photo by Michael LeRoy.

Unpublished photo by Michael LeRoy.

 

3)  A photo taken in a windy field.  Very sexy gleam in my eyes, bathing suit top pulled very low.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1962-Photo-of-Model-GLORIA-DAWN-aka-SHANNON-MOESER-Signed-/191143889961?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item2c81104c29

An unpublished photo by Ron Vogel.

A close-up of face on above photo:

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4)  A photo by Ron Vogel initially published in Sassy, and republished in The History of Men’s Magazines, Vol. 4 (by Dian Hanson, 2005).  The photo published in the Dian Hanson,  2005, book was copied directly from Sassy.  The photo for sale on eBay was obtained from an original proof.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1962-Sexy-Photo-of-Model-Queen-Gloria-Dawn-Signed-/191143890386?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item2c81104dd2

A photo by Ron Vogel originally published in Sassy, and later copied from Sassy to a full-page picture in The History of Men's Magazines, Vol. 4.

Below is the face of the above photo:

The face of Couch-14 at print dpi.

 

5)  A very sexy photo, both in terms of way I am viewing the camera and the close-up of my breasts under a flimsy peignoir.  A version of this photo by Ron Vogel first published in Modern Man’s Book of Queens.  This version for sale on eBay was obtained from an original proof.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1962-Sexy-Photo-of-Model-Queen-Gloria-Dawn-Signed-/191143891070?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item2c8110507e

A version of this photo was published in Modern Man's Book of Queens.

A close-up of the face of the above photo:

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6)  An unpublished photo by Ron Vogel.  A similar (but not identical) photo was the centerfold in Gala (1962).  I purchased the transparency for this one.  The breast and nipple are visible in the photo.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1962-Nude-Photo-of-Model-Queen-Gloria-Dawn-Signed-/191143889612?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item2c81104acc

 

An unpublished photo by Ron Vogel.

A close-up of the face in the above photo:

A close-up of Gloria_Dawn_2 at high dpi.

7) An unpublished photo by Ron Vogel taken at Malibu during our first modelling session.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1962-Photo-of-Model-GLORIA-DAWN-aka-SHANNON-MOESER-Signed-/191143890733?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item2c81104f2d

Unpublished photo, part of "Rose Garden" series.

A close-up of the face of the above photo:

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More Magazine Scans

One more magazine scan that I have found makes a beautiful printed photo.

1)  The black wig photo by Peter Gowland published in Cavalier 1962.  I am wearing a black wig, but that’s my body, and my dimple, mouth, nose, and eyes.  And it’s the only other nude I have by Peter Gowland.  It prints like it is a real photo and if I hadn’t scanned it from a magazine, I would believe it was a real photo.  I don’t know if anyone will want to purchase it, but if someone does, it is available from this site only.

Gloria Dawn by Peter Gowland, published in Cavalier, 1962.

Gloria Dawn by Peter Gowland, published in Cavalier, 1962.

Check back periodically to see if there are any more magazine scans that I find print like real photos.

 

Magazine Scans

While printing photos for my own personal album, I have discovered that a few magazine scans produce excellent photos.  You probably remember that in earlier posts here and on the onmemories site, I have stated that because magazine scans do not print well, I will not sell autographed photos of them.  Well … most magazine scans do not produce acceptable photos, and I won’t sell autographed photos of them.  However, there were photos I wanted in my album that there were only available from magazines.  Some that I scanned have printed well.  A few were sent to my friend who is selling my autographed photos on eBay.  Some others will only be sold directly from this site because I don’t know what people want, and I don’t want to print up photos that will not sell.  There are already too many printed that are not selling. 

Thus far, these are the ones that have produced good prints.  I may find others.

1)  Ron Vogel sold a number of photos of me on a brick sidewalk.  There are two color photos that I know about, and in addition, he sold at least three B&W versions to different magazines.  This one, published in Tab, is the only one that scanned well, and after working a bit with it, I was able to produce a quality picture.  I don’t know if anyone would want to purchase it; magazine editors certainly liked this series of photos.

Ron Vogel's photo of me on a brick sidewalk, published in Tab, 1966 (similar but not identical to the one published in Carnival, 1962).

Ron Vogel’s photo of me on a brick sidewalk, published in Tab, 1966 (similar but not identical to the one published in Carnival, 1962).

2) Ron Vogel took a number of photos of me in a Rose Garden in February 1962.  One became a page in a 1963 calendar (I was Miss July, 1963).  In my album, this photo will be the centerpiece of several photos that were taken in that rose garden.  I love them, but they don’t seem to be selling on eBay.

Ron Vogel's photo of me in a rose garden that became a page in a 1963 calendar.

Ron Vogel’s photo of me in a rose garden that became a page in a 1963 calendar.

3) Sam Wu took a number of photos of me leaning on a tree branch.  This was in Angeles National Forest..   The photo below is the only one of the set that I like.  It was published in Figure Annual,1964.  This picture has a photo-level quality.  My breasts look really good in it.  However, it may be too “artsy” for buyers.

Sam Wu's photo was published in Figure Annual, 1964.

Sam Wu’s photo was published in Figure Annual, 1964.

4)  This Elmer Batters photo was published in Nylon Jungle, 1963.  The setting alone (not to mention the emphasis on my legs), make this a “typical” Elmer Batters’ photo.

Elmer Batters' photo of me published in Nylon Jungle, 1964.

Elmer Batters’ photo of me published in Nylon Jungle, 1964.

5) This is one of the “Donna Cole” photos taken by Elmer Batters and published in both Tip Top, 1964 and Thigh High, 1967.  I have received so many requests for it that I did send it to my friend who is selling my eBay photos.  I don’t know when it will be listed.  Not for a while, as there are quite a few that haven’t been sold yet.

Elmer Batters' photo of me (as Donna Cole) published in Thigh High, 1967.

Elmer Batters’ photo of me (as Donna Cole) published in Tip Top, 1964 and  Thigh High, 1967.

6)  This Elmer Batters photo of me was published in Nylon Jungle, 1964.  I have received a request for it and so it will be sold on eBay.  I don’t know when.

Elmer Batters" photo of me published in Nylon Jungle, 1964.

Elmer Batters” photo of me published in Nylon Jungle, 1964.

7)  I liked this Ron Vogel photo, published as a foldout in Amazon (don’t know what issue or year) so much that I took and chance and printed a copy for sale on eBay.  It is a high-quality print.

Ron Vogel's photo of me that was published in Amazon as a foldout.

Ron Vogel’s photo of me that was published in Amazon as a foldout.

8)  This photo by Keith Bernard was published in Adam.  I received a request for a copy and to my delight it printed very well.  A copy will be sold on eBay.

Keith Bernard's photo of me published in Adam, 1964.

Keith Bernard’s photo of me published in Adam, 1964.

 

 

 

 

That “Sassy” Photo

Those of you from My Archives might remember that several years ago I worked many hours to create a decent copy of one small picture from the magazine Sassy.  I didn’t succeed very well, because the picture in the magazine was small and poorly printed.  (Some of you might have it on your computers but I doubt that many copied it.)  I think that the picture was of more interest to me than to My Archive members.  I thought that I looked “cute” in it.  Anyway, I cursed Sassy magazine editors for their failure to produce a good copy of this picture.

Photo that appeared in Sassy.  A copy that I worked on for many hours.

Photo that appeared in Sassy. A copy that I worked on for many hours.

 

I now have a copy of the original Ron Vogel photo, and it is Ron that I should have cursed.  He overexposed this picture, but it was “cute” and Sassy ran it along with several “sexy” photos.   Ron took six similar photos, all overexposed.  Furthermore, the peignoir I was wearing was very sheer (the same one that was on the cover of Figure Annual) and very short, and I was not wearing panties under it.  In a couple of these overexposed photos, Ron failed to adequately cover my pubic area.  In the one that was published, there were dark shadows that cast a doubt about what was being exposed and what was being hidden by the sheer peignoir.   Anyway, after many more hours of work, I have produced a better copy of this photo for my personal photo album.

Sassy picture copied from an original source.  Overexposed photo took many hours to reproduce.

Sassy picture copied from an original source. Overexposed photo took many hours to reproduce.

Now I am going to start working on one that definitely shows that Ron failed to adequately cover my pubic area when he took these photos.  It takes so long to adequately clean up these overexposed photos that I will probably only reproduce two for my personal photo album.  (When I say that he failed to cover up my pubic area, you must remember that this was 1962 and nothing could even be hinted at.  My pubic area is not on full display in any of these photos, unlike magazine photos taken a decade later.  But in a couple of this set, there is a hint that my pubic area was not adequately covered.)

 

 

Facebook Page

I have changed the name of the “Gloria Dawn” Facebook page to “Gloria Dawn – Shannon Moeser.” That is the page you should be looking for is you are on Facebook. Please “like” this page.

There is a page named “Gloria Dawn” on Facebook that has my cover picture but has nothing to do with me. I didn’t put it up (I don’t know who did) and I can not post anything on it. A number of people have mistaken my page (now named “Gloria Dawn – Shannon Moeser”) for the other one (just named “Gloria Dawn”).

There are a few new pictures on the Facebook page that I put up. Periodically, I add new photos to this page. I also try to say something about these photos when I post them.