Updated: Jul 26, 2020
by Frankii Wilde
It’s no surprise that there’s always been a market for SEXY CONTENT - just think of all the Lads mags, and Page 3 calendars that came before what we know now in the age of the internet. I wanted to give you a little history lesson and introduce you to one of the pioneers and most influential content creators and providers of the 20th century. The self-proclaimed “Pin-up King” Irving Klaw.
Klaw began his career as the owner of a used book store in Manhattan, which he bought with his sister Paula in 1938. During the beginning of WW2 they noticed that suddenly photos and movie star stills began outselling books so he renamed his store ‘Movie Star News’ and began selling pin-up photos instead. He started an international mail-order business providing cheesecake photos of movie stars to servicemen stationed overseas, which ended up resulting in some unusual requests.
The requests were for damsel in distress pics of bound and gagged starlets and rarer pics of actresses spanking other actresses and also getting spanked themselves. As a result Klaw added these NEW and startling types of pictures of that time to his catalogues for customers to order. There was a problem though, he had to wait for a Hollywood movie that included those scenes before he could get the pictures to his customers. I think you know where this is going… that’s right you guessed it: custom content.
A regular customer only known by the name of Little John suggested that Klaw shoot his own models. Thus commercial bondage photography was born... however it would be considered quite tame by today's standards. You could also say Irving and Paula were not only content providers but had also ventured in the realm of content creators too.
Little John funded the photoshoots and let Klaw have the rights to resell the pics. Irving and Paula posed the models and took most of the photos. When a photographer wasn't available, Paula would grab the camera and shoot the photos and silent 8mm and 16mm black and white film loops (that sounds a