1950s Bunny Yeager Archive Camera Negative Photograph MARIA STINGER Pin Up

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Seller: classicpinups (54) 100%, Location: Los Angeles, California, Ships to: Americas, Europe, Asia, AU, Item: 392261181738 THE BUNNY YEAGER ARCHIVE PROVENANCE: This offered item is authentic original coming directly from the archive of iconic 20th Century photographer BUNNY YEAGER, which is now owned by GRAPEFRUIT MOON GALLERY. Bunny Yeager is known as the one of the greatest pin-up and self-portrait photographers of her century. CLASSICPINUPS is owned by Ebay seller MyMovieMemorabilia (100% feedback & over 5,000 sales) and is the only third party authorized seller by Grapefruit Moon Gallery offering Bunny Yeager vintage original camera negatives/transparencies and photographic images. A large portion of Bunny's archive has been left virtually untouched for almost 60 years. Many images are unpublished and have never been seen before. A Certificate of Authenticity for this item will be included with the ship COPYRIGHT: Copyright is owned by GRAPEFRUIT MOON GALLERY. If the winner of a camera negative or transparency wishes to acquire the ownership of copyright for this item the cost will be an additional $100.00 payable directly to Grapefruit Moon Gallery. Please send a direct message to us within 10 days after this auction has ended advising us of your desire to acquire the copyright. Grapefruit Moon Gallery will then contact you directly with information on a new listing for the copyright purchase. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ DESCRIPTION: EXTREMELY RARE! Vintage 1950s pin-up model MARIA STINGER (AKA Miami's "MARILYN MONROE") (see her bio below) 2 1/4" 120 MM camera negative taken by photographer BUNNY YEAGER coming directly from her personal archive. The image number in the series from that photo shoot is handwritten with india ink on the negative. (the writing on the image is a digital watermark and is not on the actual image itself, we are displaying a positive view of this negative so you can see what it looks like). Maria is one of the top pin-up models of the golden era who has yet to receive proper acknowledgement and her tragic life mirrored that of Miss Monroe in many ways - see bio below). - SIZE: approx. 2 1/4" X 2 1/4" (120 MM) - TONE: B&W _________________________________________________________________________________________________ SHIPPING TERMS - I ship all items using, what I call, triple protection packing. The photos are inserted into a display bag with a white board, then packed in between two thick packaging boards and lastly wrapped with plastic film for weather protection before being placed into the shipping envelope. - Includes USPS "Delivery Confirmation" tracking. - Combined Shipping Discounts: If you purchase more than one item within a two week period that will be shipped together just add $2.00 to the base shipping cost. This will cover any additional quantity of a similar item purchased. Please wait for us to issue the final invoice with the reduced shipping cost before making payment. PAYMENT TERMS - Please pay within three (3) days of purchase. - California residents - please wait for me to adjust the invoice to include California Sales Tax of 7.25% and 8.75% for Los Angeles residents. CUSTOMER SERVICE I will respond to all inquiries within 24 hours. Please feel free to contact me anytime at 1-310-880-8140 (Pacific Standard Time) _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ MARIA STINGER BIO Born 1931 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Died November, 1967 (suicide by overdose of sleeping pills) Lovely, buxom, and shapely knockout Maria Stinger was a 1950's pin-up model who bore a striking resemblance to Marilyn Monroe. Maria was born out of wedlock in 1931 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her father was an Anglo-Irish policeman. Stinger moved to Miami, Florida in October, 1948. She met her future husband Harry Walter Stinger in 1949 and married him later that same year. In 1953 Maria was introduced to noted glamor photographer Bunny Yeager by fellow glamor photographer Bill Hamilton. Stinger holds the distinction of being the first model to pose for Yeager; a photo of her taken by Yeager graced the cover of the March, 1954 issue of the magazine "Eye - People and Pictures." Among the men's magazines Maria did pictorials for are "Caper," "Gala," "Glance," and "Rogue." In October, 1954 Stinger was crowned Miami's Marilyn Monroe in a beauty contest that was sponsored by the local newspaper "The Miami Herald." Maria went on to participate in the Miss Florida beauty contest around that same time. In late 1954 she posed for bondage-style pictures for famous fetish photographer Irving Klaw. Maria appeared in several nudie cutie soft-core features made throughout the 1960's. In 1964 Stinger attempted suicide by overdosing on pills. Although she had three daughters with Harry Walter Stinger, Maria nonetheless still divorced him in February, 1965. Stinger then moved to Columbia, South Carolina. Maria Stinger committed suicide at the tragically young age of 36 by overdosing on pills in November, 1967. Bio by Maria?s granddaughter, Christie Strong, who is planning a book and documentary on her grandmother: Maria Stinger was a bombshell in her day. Throughout the 1950s and '60s, Stinger was a popular pin-up model, working with the likes of famed pinup and photographer Bunny Yeager. She was renowned for her resemblance to the iconic Marilyn Monroe. Then, at 34 years old, Stinger took her own life. But her story doesn't end there. A half-century later, her suicide would inspire her granddaughter's first documentary. Three years ago, documentary editor Christie Strong, Stinger's granddaughter, had an epiphany. "I always knew that I was going to tell Maria's story, even when I was younger. It was just a matter of how and when," said Strong. But a boy got in her way. "I got swept up on this epic adventure and romance. I began dating this other filmmaker, we traveled the world, I started helping him with his projects, and I completely put my project down," said Strong. Three years later the romance ended and it hit her, hard. "When the relationship ended, I realized there were a lot of parallels between her life and mine. I put a lot of aspects of myself down, and that's something my grandmother did too. She never had a chance to develop her own identity, and that's part of the reason she killed herself," said Christie. That's when Christie realized that her grandmother's story had modern-day resonance. Maria Stringer was 34 when she decided to kill herself and Christie is 34 now; the timing could not be more perfect. After traveling to India to put her life back together after the break up, Strong moved back to Miami in March. So began what she considers her new beginning. Her upcoming documentary, Bombshell: The Life and Death of a Pin Up, explores the life of Maria Stinger and the events that led to her suicide. "'Bombshell' has been a name floating around her for some time. She was a hot, blonde lady. She was on the cover of a book about pin-up models in the '50s called Bombshells: Glamour Girls of a Lifetime and was on MAC Cosmetics' Bombshell campaign in the year 2000," said Christie. Maria Stinger was known as Miami's Marilyn Monroe because she really, really resembled the troubled beauty. "There are a ton of parallels. They were both married young and dealt with depression and alcoholism," said Christie. A person so entangled in a life similar to Monroe's was bound to follow in her footsteps. Strong's approach to the documentary is to interview Maria's surviving friends, including her grandfather and grandmother's ex-husband, friends, daughters, and high-profile women who have dealt with similar troubles. Bunny Yeager, Maria's best friend, is a famed local pin-up photographer who has been incredibly supportive of the project. Bunny hopes to give Strong a chance to step into her grandmother's shoes by shooting her. "This is such a complex project for me, so I want to explore all of the different levels and pieces," said Strong. In doing so, her grandmother's ill-fated life has given Strong the chance to embark on a new adventure that's only helping her move forward. "I want people to know that there's always time for a new beginning, and this project is mine. I've always worked for other people's projects, mostly men, so I'm so excited to put my voice out there and show people what I'm capable of and who I am," said Strong. Strong intends the project to be about more than Maria Stinger's life and her own resurgence. She hopes the audience sees that her documentary tells a story many women go through; many people reach a moment where you feel you've lost and let go of everything. "I was losing my identity," said Strong. "For me it was about the layers of meaning that the word [bombshell] has. This idea that she was beautiful on the exterior, but inside she was harboring a secret that was dangerous and explosive. She had a beautiful life and family, but underneath the surface she did nude film, and underneath that there was the secret that she didn't value herself or her life," said Strong. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE BUNNY YEAGER BIO Linnea Eleanor "Bunny" Yeager (March 13, 1929 ? May 25, 2014) was an American photographer and pin-up model. Linnea Eleanor Yeager was born in the Pittsburgh suburb of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, to Raymond Conrad and Linnea (née Sherlin) Yeager on March 13, 1926. Her family moved to Florida in when she was 17. She adopted the nickname "Bunny" from Lana Turner's character Bunny Smith in the 1945 movie Week-End at the Waldorf. The nickname has also been attributed to her portrayal of the Easter Bunny in a high school play. She graduated from Miami Edison High School and afterwards enrolled at the Coronet Modeling School and Agency. She won numerous local beauty pageants including in rapid succession Queen of Miami, Florida Orchid Queen, Miss Trailercoach of Dade County, Miss Army & Air Force, Miss Personality of Miami Beach, Queen of the Sports Carnival and Cheesecake Queen of 1951. Yeager became one of the most photographed models in Miami. Photos of Yeager appeared in over 300 newspapers and magazines. Yeager also designed and sewed many of the outfits she and her models wore, at one time boasting that she never wore the same outfit twice while modeling. She designed and produced hundreds of bikinis when the two-piece swimsuit was a new fashion item and is credited with its popularity in America. Bruno Banani, the German fashion company, has developed a line of swimwear based on Yeager's designs from the 1950s. Yeager entered photography to save money by copying her modeling photographs, enrolling in a night class at a vocational school in 1953. Her career as a professional photographer began when a picture of Maria Stinger, taken for her first school assignment, was sold to Eye magazine for the cover of the March 1954 issue. She became a technically skilled photographer noted for, among other things, her early use of the fill flash technique to lighten dark shadows when shooting in bright sun. Yeager was one of the first photographers to photograph her models outdoors with natural light. Matt Schudel wrote in The Washington Post that her images were vivid and dynamic, going on to say, "She favored active poses and a direct gaze at the camera lens, in what could be interpreted alternately as playful innocence or pure lust." She met Bettie Page in 1954, and took most of the photographs of her that year. During their brief collaboration she took over 1,000 pictures of Page. Along with photographer Irving Klaw, Yeager played a role in helping to make Page famous, particularly with her photos in Playboy magazine. American Photo magazine described Yeager's work with Page as "a body of imagery that remains some of the most memorable ? and endearing ? erotica on record" in a 1993 article. The most famous images of Page by Yeager include the January 1955 Playboy centerfold in which she kneels wearing only a Santa hat while hanging a silver ornament on a Christmas tree and a series of photographs with a pair of live cheetahs. Yeager was a very prolific and successful pinup photographer in the 1950s and 1960s, so much so, that her work was described as ubiquitous in that era. She continued to work extensively with Playboy shooting eight centerfolds in addition to covers and pictorial spreads. She discovered Lisa Winters, the first Playmate of the Year. Yeager also appeared in the magazine as a model five times. One appearance with the headline, "Queen of the Playboy Centerfolds", was photographed by Hugh Hefner. Her work was also published in mainstream magazines including Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Pageant, Redbook and Women's Wear Daily. The famous still images she took of Ursula Andress emerging from the water on the beach in Jamaica for the 1962 James Bond film Dr. No are probably her best known bikini photographs. She discovered many notable models. In the 1970s as men's magazines became more anatomically graphic Yeager largely stopped photographing for them, saying they were somewhat "smutty" and that, "They had girls showing more than they should." In 1998 she stated, "The kind of photographs they wanted was something I wasn't prepared to do." An exhibition titled "Beach Babes Bash" in the early 1990s at the Center for Visual Communication (at that time located in Coral Gables, Florida) featured photographs by Yeager of models from Miami on the beach from the 1950s. Another exhibit at the same gallery featuring Yeager's work was titled "Sex Sirens of the Sixties." In 1992 Playboy published a retrospective of her work titled "The Bettie Boom". Since 2002, Yeager's work has been exhibited in contemporary art galleries. In early 2010, The Andy Warhol Museum held the first major museum exhibition of Yeager's work.[8] The exhibit, "The Legendary Queen of the Pin Up", featured her self-portraits, some from her book How I Photograph Myself published by A.S. Barnes & Co. in 1964. "The Fabulous Bunny Yeager" an exhibit in 2011 at the Harold Golen Gallery in Miami also featuring self-portraits by Yeager was of photographs that had not been exhibited previously. Also in 2011 Helmut Schuster curated an exhibition for Art Basel at the Dezer Schauhalle in Miami titled "Bunny Yeager: Retrospective to the Future" featuring over 200 of Yeager's photos. Included were some images that had not been shown before of models including Bettie Page. In 2012 Bunny Yeager had two exhibitions in Germany, "Funland" at Gallery Schuster Potsdam and "Femme Fatale" in December 2012 at Gallery Schuster Berlin. The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale held a 2013 exhibit, "Bunny Yeager: Both Sides of the Camera" featuring her photographs of herself, Page, and model Paz de la Huerta. The exhibit also included some of Yeager's first new pictures in twenty years. Yeager had a show at the Sofia Vault in Sofia, Bulgaria in October 2013. The Gavlak Gallery in Palm Beach, Florida put on an exhibit, "Bunny Yeager: Selections from How I Photograph Myself" in 2014. The Sin City Gallery in Las Vegas held a posthumous exhibit, "Bunny's Bombshells", from June 5 to July 20 2014. She had her own studio in the Wynwood Art District of Miami, part of the Center for Visual Communication. There is a "Bunny Yeager Lounge" in Berlin which is open to the public and shows photos, memorabilia and movies. Yeager was also founding editor and publisher of a trade magazine for entertainment professionals, Florida Stage & Screen. As of 1998 her 24 books had sold over 1 million copies. Bunny Yeager was married twice, first to Arthur Irwin who died in 1977 and then to Harry Schaefer who died in 2000. She had two daughters, Lisa and Cherilu. Yeager died on May 25, 2014 of congestive heart failure at age 85 in North Miami, Florida. Yeager's obituary in The Miami Herald called her "one of the country?s most famous and influential photographers." She has been cited as influencing many artists and photographers including Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman and Yasumasa Morimura. Arbus called her, "the world?s greatest pinup photographer."[4][13] In The New York Times, Margalit Fox wrote, "She is widely credited with helping turn the erotic pinup ? long a murky enterprise in every sense of the word ? into high photographic art." Her obituary in The Independent titled, "Bunny Yeager: Pin-up who moved behind the camera to take influential, iconic shots of Bettie Page and Ursula Andress" called her photographic technique pioneering and influential. The Washington Post reported she "helped define [the] art of erotic photography." Yeager is credited with helping to popularize the bikini in America. The inspiration for the term "cheesecake" in reference to scantily clad women has been attributed to Yeager. Her books, including Photographing the Female Figure which sold over 300,000 copies, have influenced several generations of photographers. On July 14, 1957, Yeager appeared on What's My Line?, stumping the panel. She was also on I've Got a Secret and To Tell the Truth. She was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1966 to discuss her book, How I Photograph Myself. In 1968 she played the role of a Swedish masseuse opposite Frank Sinatra in Lady In Cement. She had bit parts in over half a dozen films including Tony Rome, Midnight Cowboy, Porky's, Dogs of War, Absence of Malice, Harry & Son and The Mean Season. Yeager also had small roles in a number of television series including Miami Vice and made occasional appearances singing in Miami nightclubs. Yeager was played by Sarah Paulson in the 2005 film The Notorious Bettie Page. She was also featured on a 2006 CNN story about the 60th anniversary of the bikini. In 2005, Cult Epics released the DVD 100 Girls by Bunny Yeager, a documentary with behind-the-scenes footage on Yeager's photo sessions with Page and other pin-up models. Books · Photographing the Female Figure. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett. 1957. · The Diane Weber Album. Compiled by George Harrison Marks. London: Kamera. 1959. · Bunny Yeager's Photo Studies. Louisville, KY: Whitestone. 1960. · How to Take Figure Photos. Louisville, KY: Whitestone. 1962. · Bunny Yeager's Art of Glamour Photography. Philadelphia: Chilton. 1962. · How I Photograph Nudes. New York: A.S. Barnes. 1963. · How to Photograph the Figure. Louisville, KY: Whitestone. 1963. · How I Photograph Myself. New York: A.S. Barnes. 1964. · ABC's of Figure Photography. Louisville, KY: Whitestone. 1964. · 100 Girls: New Concept in Glamour Photography. South Brunswick, NJ: A.S. Barnes. 1965. · ?; Floreani, Tony (1965). Drawing the Human Figure Using Photographs. New York: A.S. Barnes. · Camera in the Caribbean. Louisville, KY: Whitestone. 1965. · Camera in Jamaica. London: Yoseloff. 1966. · Camera in Mexico. Greenwich, CT: Whitestone. 1967. · The 100 Calorie Miracle Diet. New York: Pinnacle. 1975. · The Amazing 600 Calorie Model's Diet. West Nyack, NY: Parker. 1980. · Bettie Page Confidential. New York: St. Martin's. 1994. · ?; Kroll, Eric (1994). Bunny's Honeys (in English, French, and German). Cologne, DE: Taschen. · Bunny Yeager. 30 Postcards. 67. Cologne, DE: Taschen. 1995. · Betty Page. 30 Postcards. 78. Cologne, DE: Taschen. 1996. · Peepshow: 1950s Pin-ups in 3D. Hombrechtikon, CH: Olms. 2001. · Bunny Yeager's Pin-up Girls of the 1950s. Atglen, PA: Schiffer. 2002. · Bikini Girls of the 1960s. Atglen, PA: Schiffer. 2002. · Bunny Yeager's Bikini Girls of the 1950s. Atglen, PA: Schiffer. 2004. · Bunny Yeager's Pin-up Girls of the 1960s. Atglen, PA: Schiffer. 2005. · Bunny Yeager's Flirts of the Fifties. Atglen, PA: Schiffer. 2007. · Striptease Artists of the 1950s. Atglen, PA: Schiffer. 2008. · Femmes Fatales of the 1950s. Atglen, PA: Schiffer. 2008. · Bunny Yeager?s Bouffant Beauties. Atglen, PA: Schiffer. 2009. · Bunny Yeager?s Beautiful Backsides. Schiffer. 2012. · Mason, Petra. Bunny Yeager's Darkroom: Pin-up Photography's Golden Era. Foreword by Dita Von Teese; photographs by Bunny Yeager l year 2012 l Rizzoli (courtesy of Wikipedia) Condition: Excellent vintage condition with minimal wear (negatives and transparencies scans for this listing may vary slightly for the purpose of displaying the potential printable contrast)., Region of Origin: Miami, United States, Modified Item: No, Framing: Unframed, Size Type/Largest Dimension: 120 mm, Listed By: Dealer or Reseller, Photographer: Bunny Yeager, Date of Creation: 1950s, Model: Maria Stinger, Special Feature: From the Miami Estate of Bunny Yeager, Color: Black & White, Photo Type: Negative, Subject: Pinups, Original/Reprint: Original Print

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