Thursday, December 3, 2015

These 23 Humorous and Bizarre Photos Show Modeling in the 1950s and 1960s Could Be Weird

Here's a set of images taken by the Newcastle-based firm Turners (Photography) Ltd possible use in their advertising campaigns. Turners frequently hired models to help promote their work and to encourage sales in their shops. Some of the shots are humorous or bizarre while others are quite suggestive.

The images are fascinating for what they tell us about the times that produced them – the fashions, the attitudes, the technology...

1. Relaxing in the hay

Model poses for a Turners publicity shot, March 1955

2. Eve tempts Adam in the studio

Studio shot of the model, Lisa Trent, May 1958

3. Shh flopsy, it's time for my rest

Model in the bath, March 1963

4. Annette caught in a net

Model, Annette Fowley, poses for a Turners publicity shot, May 1963

5. Dear old Neddy - he never let her down!

Model poses for a Turners publicity shot, October 1958

6. Hmm, maybe it's time for an upgrade

Turners staff member, Dave Grey, models for a publicity shot, June 1961

7. Music lessons

Studio shot of the model, Rita Fisher, February 1955

8. The fishermen were intrigued by Rita's unusual technique

View of model, Rita Fisher, posing for Turners, February 1955

9. The camera was great but her new phone wasn't working

Model poses with a camera, July 1964

10. Her training as a knight had been unconventional

Model posing for a Turners publicity shot, August 1958

11. Damsel in distress

Model posing for Turners, June 1958

12. There was no sign of the picnic and Doreen was getting hungry

View of model, Doreen O'Shea, posing for Turners at Holywell, July 1957

13. Claire had not yet been on the Health & Safety course

Model posing for Turners, October 1958

14. Rita ignored the farmer's advice about work clothes

Model, Rita Fisher, posing for Turners, February 1955

15. Somebody had stolen Annette's clothes

View of model, Annette Fowley, posing for a Turners publicity shot, May 1963

16. She was so shocked by her neighbours' antics that she took another look

Model posing for a Turners publicity shot, July 1964

17. The glue was stronger than she thought

Model posing for a Turners publicity shot, May 1963

18. End of a hard day

Model posing for a Turners publicity shot, August 1957

19. Rita's new idea was inspired by the contents of an earlier bottle

Model, Rita Fisher, posing for Turners, February 1955

20. Classic pose no. 5: 'Surprise'

View of the model, Ann Dover, posing for a Turners publicity shot, May 1963

21. Little Bo Peep has found her sheep

View of a model posing for a Turners publicity shot, March 1955

22. Golden moments with a film camera

View of the model, Irene Warren, posing with a film camera for a Turners publicity shot, January 1957

23. Born to be Wild

Model posing an a motor scooter, May 1963

(Photos © Tyne and Wear Archives)

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