A View of Christmas Past!

I’ve been preparing for the coming month and of course Christmas and realized that this will be the fifth year I’ve done a Kamera Club Christmas Card and the fourth year of doing the advent calendar. Below are the previous years cards and calendars with 2016 being my favourite card to date, with Dawn Grayson on it of course!

The calendars are always fun to do, if a little time consuming, but both are ready for another year with the 2018 Kamera Club Advent Calendar due to start next week 🙂

2014 2015 2017
2016
2015 2016 2017

Who’s Who on Electric Ladyland Cover (1968)

The Jimi Hendrix Album ‘Electric Ladyland’ is 50 years old this year, and one of its controversial and banned covers back then featured a bevvy of naked beauties posing on a black background. Several years ago I got asked if I could identify any of the models and back then my knowledge was lacking. Now I’ve been asked again, and on revisiting the cover I realize that I can now name several of the models and recognize several more.

Back then the cover photographer, David Montgomery, said he found the girls in The Speakeasy nightclub in London, which may be true. But I know those I’ve identified were also well known glamour models appearing in many of the magazines back then and worked for the likes of Harrison Marks and Russell Gay. I’ve numbered the models I can now identify, and the list is below, plus a few I recognize and have images of but have no name.

1. Jenny Lane
2. Maria Frost
3. Nicole Yerner
4. Cindy Neal
5. Rene Brown (Reine Sutcliffe)
6. Maya Zell
7. Ann Day?
8. Unknown but Familiar (Worked with GHM)
9. Jane Steadman
10. Samantha Bond
11. Helga Berk

The three blondes front left also look familiar, but can’t put a name to the lovely faces. Anyone recognize any other models?

One of the models named Reine Sutcliffe was interviewed in Melody Maker in 1968. “It makes us look like a load of old tarts. It’s rotten. Everyone looked great, but the picture made us look old and tired. We were trying to look too sexy, but it didn’t work out.”

Thanks to Les for contacting me and asking to look at it again 🙂