Erotic 1920s Arthur Allen Photos on eBay


A few months back on my friend Russ Kick’s blog Rare Erotica, he posted about rare Arthur Allen prints being auctioned off on eBay — and there are still a bunch available. Allen photographed a bevy of beautiful girls in wonderfully erotic scenarios and lingerie (or fully nude), mostly dancers, in San Francisco between 1915 and 1930. The funny thing is, my ex had two of these prints he’d found at a garage sale and I tried like crazy to get him to part with them when we broke up, to no avail. (They are the “chorus line” photographs; more nice Allen prints for sale here, crappy subscription-only article on Salon here.) I had no idea they were local beauties; what incredibly gorgeous women we’ve had in our amazing city, beautifying our erotic history. It’s cool to page through the individual photos and wonder if they were shot in a nearby Victorian…

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