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1952 Bettie Page Signed Contract – COA JSA
Presented is a single-page contract signed by model, Bettie Page during her heyday. It was from Irving Claw in New York City. Klaw was an influential American merchant of Hollywood glamour pin-up photographs and films. Page of course was a pin-up icon.
From 1952 through 1957, Page posed for photographer Irving Klaw for mail-order photographs with pin-up and BDSM themes, making her the first famous bondage model. Klaw also used Page in dozens of short, black-and-white 8mm and 16mm “specialty” films, which catered to specific requests from his clientele. These silent ‘one-reel’ featurettes showed women clad in lingerie and high heels, acting out fetishistic scenarios of abduction, domination, and slave-training; bondage, spanking, and elaborate leather costumes and restraints were included periodically. Klaw also produced a line of still photos taken during these sessions.
This contract page was from the very beginning of her career in (May 24, 1952) which Klaw helped her become the icon she was. It is essentially a release agreement for her images to be distributed through publications and other venues. Clean, simple and contrite Pages’ signature presents itself as a “9” on the designated line in blue pen. She also added her mailing address on the line below it. Overall, a nice addition to any Hollywood collection.
Authentication: JSA Full Letter
These photos/materials originated from immense archives. They were part of an acquisition of millions of original photographs and ephemera as their assets were liquidated. The photographic items in this collection are now available for the first time publicly.
The companies that were liquidated and possible origins (of this lot) include:
Movie Star News: MSN was founded in 1938 in New York City by Irving Klaw and run with his sister Paula until 1999. The business continued to stay in the family via Ira Kramer (Paula’s son). They had a rich archive of over 100,000 original vintage camera negatives from the 1920’s through 1940’s as well as autographs from many of their clients including Michael Jackson. They also had thousands of vintage Hollywood photographs.
Globe Photos: Globe Photos was the Nation’s first pop culture image licensing agency founded in New York City in 1939. Globe’s archive consists of over 10 million pop culture images as well as millions of photo’s, negatives, slides and transparencies
UK Rock Archive: This archive consists of over 250,000 vintage original rock and roll photographs from many of London’s photo agencies from 1960’s through 1990’s. Every major band is featured and many images have never been published previously.