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 in the December 1964 issue of Tip Top. 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.
After looking for five years, I have finally been able to obtain a copy of the magazine. I’ve 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. I have sold four on eBay in addition to two that were sold privately through this site.
Below are copies of my “tweaked” versions. There are now four tweaked versions. I may add one more at a later time. It’s a lot of work.
Donna Cole photo sold on eBay (without strips) after tweaking.
Donna Cole to be listed on eBay in September.
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.
A photo by Peter Gowland taken in January 1962 that appeared in Cavalier, July 1962. I was wearing a black wig.
Check back periodically to see if there are any more magazine scans that I find print like real photos.
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.
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.
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.
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.)