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Photographer Irving Klaw ran a mail-order business selling photographs and film of attractive women in bondage from the 1940s to the 1960s. He was one of the first fetish photographers, and his model Bettie Page became the first famous bondage model.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York, USA on November 9, 1911.
His family business, Movie Star News, started as a magazine store. Due to customer demand, he and his sister Paula started selling bondage and fetish photos using burlesque dancers like Baby Lake, Tempest Storm, and Blaze Starr as models. Very few of Klaw's photographs featured any nudity.
In the 1950s, Irving Klaw became known as the "King of Pin-Up". He made several films, the most well known being Varietease (1954) and Teaserama (1955), both of which feature Bettie Page (and were released on DVD in the USA in 2000).
The "Kefauver Hearings" of the Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency in the United States marked the beginning of the end of Irving Klaw's mail-order photography business.
In 1955, Irving Klaw became subjected to a senate investigation witch hunt. The investigation attacked comic books citing the fact that many juvenile delinquents had read them. It also tried to link pornography with juvenile delinquency. Robert Kennedy, as Attorney General, joined in on the attack.
Because of the political and social pressure Irving Klaw faced, he eventually quit the business, burning his negatives when he went. (It is estimated that more than 80% of the negatives were destroyed). Paula Klaw secretly kept in her possession some of the better images that we are still enjoying today.
Irving Klaw died Labor Day weekend, 1966 due to complictions from an untreated appendicitis. He was survived by two sons, Arthur and Jeffrey.
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Nutrix Co. 1963 Irving Klaw Cartoon and Model Parade Nutrix Co. 1963 Irving Klaw Cartoon and Model Parade More or less EVERYTHING that Klaw had for sale in 1963 - 64 pages with 1000 photos Photos include Bondage Models, Bettie Page, Fighting Girls, Female Impersonators and Cheesecake. Art by Eneg (Gene Bilbrew), Eric Stanton and others. Irving Klaw began a first series of Bulletins in 1949 that ran thru #110 then in 1955 he did a few with titles auch as Ikay Bulletin A, B & C, Lovelies and Jani. Then in 1958 he began the 'Revised Bulletin' series which went thru #88. Very Good Condition This collection of Irving Klaw Bondage/Fetish ephemera catalogs is remarkable. This group I am listing is catalogs from NUTRIX Company, Jersey City, NJ and is 1950s vintage. Subject matter includes Women AND Men in bondage poses, Female Impersonators, female wrestling, paperbacks and illustrations, and much more. Each catalog is 8 pages in length and contains black and white thumbnail type photos displaying Movies, Cartoon Serials, Books and groups of Photos that could be purchased. Each was mailed to the owner and t are two horizonal mailing creases on each catalog, however, they were stored flat, so the creases are very soft and faint. Names of the Models include Betty Page, Juanita Blake, Jody Evans, Maria Stinger and a host of others. Artists include Eric Stanton, Gene Bilbrew (Eneg) and many others. Themes can include male and female bondage, wrestling and fighting, strip tease, etc. Absolutly no nudity 
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