The Jigger Photos

I had been searching for it for five years and when I finally found it, I couldn’t let it go and so ended up paying way over my budget.

“It” was the picture below, posted to my gallery folder at My Archives in August 2010. I could tell this photo was from a magazine and knew that the photographer was Ron Vogel because I’d seen other Vogel pictures of me wearing these accessories – identical beads and panties.

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The original Jigger post.

The guy who posted this didn’t know where he found the picture; it was one of many images stored on his computer. By 2010, I had discovered most of Ron’s layouts but I thought it might have been published as a single, used to illustrate a story in one of the many men’s magazines of the 60s. Several of my photos appeared in magazines like Adam’s Beside Reader, throwaways that were discarded once read because they contained few photos.

I put out a request to members of My Archives, asking if anyone knew the name of the magazine where it had appeared. I even requested information on this photo in an essay I wrote here. But I received no responses.

Five years later, the magazine appeared on eBay. It was not just one photo but a layout in an obscure publication called Jigger. I could tell from the photos shown in the eBay listing that Jigger was aimed at the Parliament market – photos of average-looking women wearing tacky underwear, women whose breasts sagged (mine too) and bottoms were flabby (mine too).  Women photographed in provocative poses rather than glamorous ones.  The anti-Playboy look.  It didn’t go over well at the time; few copies were sold and only one issue published.  (It lacked the Batters’ appeal to butt and leg watchers that helped sell Parliament magazines.)

Given that it wasn’t a Parliament publication and didn’t contain photos by Elmer Batters, I thought that it might sell for a reasonable cost. I was wrong. Not many bidders were interested, but one put in such a high bid that I had to pay six times my budget to win the auction. I would have walked away except that I’d never seen another copy and I’d been searching for so long.

Because I paid such a high price, I need to sell a few copies of the best photos. Consequently, although I have posted most of the pictures on My Archives and will soon post them on Tumblr, I have held back the best four. Copies are shown below. They are available only by ordering from mcleavey on eBay or directly from me.

Gloria Dawn by Ron Vogel -- Jigger-1

Gloria Dawn by Ron Vogel — Jigger-1

Gloria Dawn by Ron Vogel -- Jigger-2

Gloria Dawn by Ron Vogel — Jigger-2

Gloria Dawn by Ron Vogel -- Jigger-3

Gloria Dawn by Ron Vogel — Jigger-3

Gloria Dawn by Ron Vogel -- Jigger-4

Gloria Dawn by Ron Vogel — Jigger-4

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.)