Elmer Batters took the photo below at the same time as he took the set of “Donna Cole” photos that he published in Tip Top. That set was in a feature entitled Rolled Pose on a Table Top. This photo was NOT included in the feature. In fact, it was never published anywhere.
In that same Tip Top, there is a feature entitled “How (and how not) to shoot a pair of legs.” One thing mentioned in this article is that it is a mistake for a dedicated leg man to have the model bend her legs under her posterior so that the knees appear to be amputation stumps, and is recommended only when a model has an attractive face and torso but legs which don’t measure up to the same standards.
Of course, Batters sometimes had me bend my legs under my posterior so he could emphasize my breasts, but he never mentions that a model may have both good legs and good breasts.
The Donna Cole series of photos did emphasize my legs, and also made me appear to be very sultry and “worn-out.” The one below, taken at the same time, shows that I was just having fun, so I guess Elmer, or his editor, decided that it didn’t fit in with the rest of the photos and thus was never published.
Frankly, I think that this photo complements the ones published under the “Donna Cole” name, showing my many moods — while posing on (or with) a table top. What do you think? Pick “yes” it is just another facet of Donna Cole, or “no” I don’t like it (or “Maybe I like it but it definitely doesn’t go with the Donna Cole set.”)
Gloria Dawn by Elmer Batters. Unpublished photo.
Did you know that I appeared in three issues of Tip Top? I was featured in the November 1963 issue (primarily my backside) as “Sandra Lobo”; in the March 1964 issue (in front of a fireplace, nice photos) as “Dallas Blair”; and in the December 1964 issue (with dark blond hair) as “Donna Cole.”
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.