BUNNY YEAGER’S LEGACY OF EROTIC ART PHOTOGRAPHY & MIAMI’S “JEWISH ORGY”

THE STUNNING MODEL-TURNED-PHOTOGRAPHER BUNNY YEAGER, 1965.

There are many interesting, historical bits to discover in the Bunny Yeager Archive at the University of Miami Special Collections. Bunny Yeager was clearly the “world’s prettiest photographer,” and was into “finding regular girls around Miami,” in the 1960s. She had famously photographed Bettie Page in several exotic locations across Florida too.  

BUNNY YEAGER AND BETTIE PAGE
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BIKINI BEACH, 1964 | HERE FOR DRAGSTERS, KEENAN WYNN, PATTI GALLAGHER & BIKINIS

ACTRESS PATTI CHANDLER WITH A TOMMY IVO DRAGSTER IN “BIKINI BEACH”

Straight-up, this 1964 movie was low-budget, razor-thin but popular “beach movie genre” of the day. Keenan Wynn whipping around on his Triumph w/sidecar makes me happy, and enough to keep me glued. And TV Tommy Ivo was Technical Advisor and had a large hand in the shaping of this film by including his own primo dragsters, and getting Dean JeffriesMantaray in the movie as well. I’m going to highlight the shots that I think are top-tier eye candy, better black & white, and many not from the film.

PATTI CHANDLER WALKS THE LINEUP OF DRAGSTERS ON THE SET OF BIKINI BEACH MOVIE, 1964 (THAT IS NONE OTHER THAN DEAN JEFFRIES “MANTARAY” IN THE BACK!)
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DEBBIE EVANS | STUNTWOMAN + AMA HALL OF FAME INDUCTED MOTOCROSS / TRIALS RIDER

Debbie Evans is considered one of Hollywood’s top stunt women. The writing was on the wall from the age of six when she started riding motorcycles in her hometown of Lakewood, California. By the age of nine she started competing in the sport of motorcycle trials. Her father, David Evans competed in motorcycle observed trials and she grew up attending motorcycle competitions and learned her riding and trials skills from her father. He is an icon himself, having been featured in the seminal motorcycle documentary movie, “On Any Sunday.”

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GREY T-SHIRTS MATTER | THE UNSUNG HERO: SUPER-SOFT HEATHER GREY TRI-BLEND TEES

CRAIG VON SCHROEDER / CO-FOUNDER OF COMMONWEALTH PROPER / PHL – ATL – PITT WEARING OUR “FTW – SCREAMIN’ EAGLE T-SHIRT” IN HEATHER GREY, TRI-BLEND JERSEY

OUR TSY “FTW SCREAMIN’ EAGLE TEE” ON CRAIG VON SCHROEDER / CO-FOUNDER OF COMMONWEALTH PROPER / CUSTOM & RTW CLOTHING CRAFTED IN THE USA

The Selvedge Yard definitely sells a lot more black tees than any other color. I get it. I love black too. When I’m not wearing a black tee , I’m wearing a Heather Grey Tri-blend T-shirt. It’s a perfect mid-weight 50/25/25 blend of poly / combed ring-spun cotton / rayon knit that reduces shrinking, and is super-soft.

I like how Tri-blend tees age with wear, getting softer with each wash and gradually breaking down to feel perfectly aged like your coveted, old vintage poly / cotton blend gym shirt.

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SERGE GAINSBOURG’S “HARLEY-DAVIDSON” SUNG BY BRIGITTE BARDOT ON FRENCH TV, 1967

Brigitte Bardot singing on a Harley-Davidson built by Parisian custom motorcycle pioneer Maurice Combalbert. The H-D Flathead was used by Bardot as she performed her wacky love proclamation to the iconic motorcycle on her 1967 French television special— Brigitte Bardot Show. Serge Gainsbourg was watching her performance of his “Harley-Davidson” song from the wings. She included “Harley-Davidson” as one of 15 songs on her 1968 album Brigitte Bardot Show.

Do not miss the video below of Brigitte Bardot’s performance, and the cool stage set.

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THE MORMON METEOR III | THE JENKINS BOYS OF BONNEVILLE RACING ON A RIBBON OF SALT

The newly completed Mormon Meteor III at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1938. Note the original exhaust manifold that was later replaced by individual stacks.

“This is the story about two men, father and son, their racing cars, their lives and the salt flats where they ran their most famous trials. Ab Jenkins was the son of Welsh immigrants, first a carpenter by trade and then a prominent building contractor, who grew up with the automobile and found a new career in driving cars fast but safely.”

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CAROL DODA DOUBLE D | THE LEGENDARY TWIN PEAKS OF SAN FRANCISCO STRIPPING HISTORY

THE LEGENDARY SAN FRANCISCO STRIPPER CAROL DODA, WHO PASSED IN 2015.

Carol Doda was a powerful pioneer that took the profession of stripping out of the shadowy margins of American society and gained worldwide fame as a topless dancer in the 1960s and ’70s. “San Francisco history is made up of characters, and Carol certainly was one of those, ” said Charlotte Shultz, chief protocol for San Francisco. “She changed Broadway and made news around the world. People said, ‘Only in San Francisco,’ and we didn’t mind people saying that.” ~VIA SFGATE

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BO DIDDLEY “THE ORIGINATOR” OF ROCK WITH DRIVING-RHYTHM, AND HARD-EDGED GUITAR!

Bo Diddley was so important and influential to early rock ‘n’ roll music that The Animals covered his song ~ “The Story of Bo Diddley!”

Bo Diddley was a singer and guitarist who invented his own name, his own guitars, his own beat and, and with a handful of other musical pioneers, rock ’n’ roll itself. In the 1950s, as a founder of rock ’n’ roll, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and a few others reshaped the sound of popular music worldwide, building on the template of blues, Southern gospel, R&B and postwar American vernacular culture.

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COOL HAND LUKE BEHIND THE SCENES 2 | “MY SWEET LUCILLE,” THE CAR WASHING GODDESS

In an interview aired on TCM, George Kennedy discussed how Joy Harmon’s iconic car washing scene was originally scheduled for half a day, and how that shoot ended up taking 3 days. Kennedy laughed and said, “Somewhere…there’s 80,000 feet of film with Joy Harmon washing that car!”

When Joy Harmon filmed the scene in which the men watch her wash her car, she had no idea how suggestive it was. It never occurred to her until she saw it in the theater. “I just figured it was washing the car. I’ve always been naive and innocent,” she said. “I was acting and not trying to be sexy. Maybe that’s why the scene played so well. After seeing it at the premiere, I was a bit embarrassed.”

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THE BIG NAMES OF 1972 AMA RACE AT SALEM 1/2 MILE FLAT TRACK | VIA WORLD OF SPEED

KENNY ROBERTS

Kenny Roberts (#80) in action at the 1972 AMA National race in Salem; Salem AMA Motorcycle Slides Collection

In 1972, Kenny Roberts was a youthful 21 years old AMA Rookie of the Year. An immensely talented and thoroughly analytical rider, Roberts was already three years into his professional racing career, and two years into a factory Yamaha contract. However, he was still not much known outside of the USA. Roberts went on to finish 2nd in the AMA Grand National Championship that year, his first season as an expert class rider.

Kenny Roberts on the grid for the AMA National race at Salem, OR in 1972 with man wearing local Oregon Sidewinders club jacket in the background / Salem AMA Motorcycle Slides Collection

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