You might not know who Irving and Paula Klaw are by name, but you’ve probably seen their work. If you’ve ever seen a photo or film reel of Bettie Page tied up or wrestling around with other girls, then you’ve seen the work of the Klaws.
From the 40s through the 60s, brother and sister team Irving and Paula operated Movie Star News, a shop selling glossies of Hollywood stars to teenyboppers in Brooklyn, NY. But behind the scenes, they were also producing and selling what was considered at the time to be very scandalous striptease and “stag” films. Although the work is very tame by today’s standards, it was near pornographic then.
Models such as Bettie Page and Tempest Storm worked for years with the Klaws, producing beautiful and flirty imagery that set the gold standard for pin-up models and photographers to this day.
Sadly, Irving Klaw was shut down in the early sixties, after falling prey to a censorship witch hunt spawned by the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency. Klaw was ordered to destroy the negatives of his films and photos. Urban legend has it that around 80% of their work was burned, never to be seen again.
So until a large vault is discovered containing the lost reels of Irving Klaw, it’s up to all of us to make our own Klaw-style pinup photos! Luckily, it’s not hard with the great vintage lingerie that you can find at Monster Vintage! Bras, girdles, garter belts, slips, and everything else you can think of are all there for the browsing.
So check out the selection at vintage lingerie at Monster Vintage, get some girlfriends together, an old Polaroid camera, a bottle of wine, and make an album of cheesecake pics in honor of Irving and Paula.