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Closeout Price! Visionary Color Nude Photography: 1940s-1970s. Highly Recommended. A vast, previously unseen archive of Kelley’s visionary nude photography, wonderful period pieces, often staged with fun backdrops. Many of these seem to have been done for calendars or upscale appearances; these are NOT typical in any way, but fresh and different. We like this very much. Divided up by decades, beginning with the 1940s. The most famous models and actresses each get a short text piece and extra pages. These include Evelyn West, Norma Brooks,(one of Tonight Show Johnny Carson’s “Carson’s Cuties” in 1955), Arline Hunter (1954 Playboy centerfold), Diane Webber, Margie Miller (Miss Hollywood Star 1952), Mamie Van Doren and of course, Marilyn Monroe–from 1948! Reel Art, 2014. Mature readers.

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A vast, previously unseen archive of Kelley’s visionary nude photography, wonderful period pieces, often staged with fun backdrops. Many of these seem to have been done for calendars or upscale appearances; these are NOT typical in any way, but fresh and different. We like this very much. Divided up by decades, beginning with the 1940s. The most famous models and actresses each get a short text piece and extra pages. These include Evelyn West, Norma Brooks,(one of Tonight Show Johnny Carson’s “Carson’s Cuties” in 1955), Arline Hunter (1954 Playboy centerfold), Diane Webber, Margie Miller (Miss Hollywood Star 1952), Mamie Van Doren and of course, Marilyn Monroe–from 1948!

Kelley’s photograph of Marilyn has become one of the most viewed nudes in history and, as Norman Mailer wrote, is ‘breathtakingly beautiful’. But that’s just the beginning. Here are outtakes and unseen images from her iconic 1948 nude shoot. And then it’s on to dozens of other gorgeous women.

Describing the evolution of Kelley’s style, Doggett writes: “The 1940s portraits have an air of classicism … Next comes the era of the exotic: of leopard skins and fur, French lingerie and exquisite furniture … And then, in the late 1960s and into the 1970s, the mood is one of freedom… in keeping with the spirit of the age … ”

Over 95% of images never-before-seen. Complete access to Kelley’s archive granted for first time. This has been a steady seller for us since it first appeared in 2014. We’re very pleased to make it available now at a sale price.

By Peter Doggett. Edited by Tom Kelley Jr and Tony Nourmand.

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