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Bettie Page: The Last Photograph

Bettie Page: The Last Photograph

Bettie Page 2014 Edition

Bettie Page has been called the most photographed person in the world. And, they are still saying that 51 years after she abruptly quit being a model and disappeared into a very private life far from the public eye. Bettie Page chose to remain in our memories the way she last appeared – she refused to have her photograph taken after leaving the modeling business. She did have a photograph taken when she was arrested in Florida in 1972, but that photograph was a mug shot and she really didn’t have a choice in the matter.

Bettie Page Mugshot
But then came an important celebration. A celebration of which Bettie played an important role to the host of the celebration. Bettie, of course, was one of Hugh Hefner’s first models, besides Marilyn Monroe, that helped to launch the Playboy empire. The year was 2003 and that year marked the 50th Anniversary of Playboy magazine. Since Bettie was a good friend with Hugh Hefner and she was one of his first models, an invitation was issued to Bettie to attend the 50th Anniversary gala at the famed Playboy Mansion.


Now you can imagine there were all sorts of beautiful women at this party, but it was Bettie everyone wanted to see. Bettie eventually decided to attend the anniversary party with Anna Nicole Smith, another famous Playboy centerfold. The two models made a very grand entrance at the huge gala, and as you can imagine, the two centerfolds received a lot of adoration and attention from the attending crowd. So, on that evening, the camera-shy Bettie Page had her photograph taken with Anna Nicole Smith and Pamela Anderson at the Playboy Mansion some 46 years after she quit being a model and quit having her photograph taken.

Bettie Page Last Photograph 2

Not only is this photograph of historical interest, this is the only photograph of Bettie Page, the Pin-Up Queen, in her later years. For a woman known as the most photographed model in the world, this particular photograph, taken just five years ago, is probably the rarest of Bettie’s many photographs.

Art Inspired By Mad Men


Well not actual mad men, but the Madison Avenue ad men from Sterling Cooper on AMC’s runaway hit show Mad Men. Graphic designer and illustrator Dyna Moe, from New York City, was asked by a cast member (Rich Sommer, who plays Harry Crane) to create a custom Christmas card to give to his fellow “advertising colleagues.” The style in which she works fits the design motifs and artistic sensibilities of the early 1960s that so thoroughly permeates Mad Men. There is now at least one of these wonderfully cool illustrations for each episode of the stylish television show.


To see all of Dyna Moe’s fine stylish illustrations inspired by Mad Men, please visit her Flickr site or her blog. You can get desktop wallpapers and even iPhone wallpapers through these sites. You can also purchase this art as fine art prints from Dyna Moe’s Zazzle site. Don’t miss checking out this swanky stuff inspired by the early 1960s and the AMC hit series Mad Men.


Rest In Peace: Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg, American artist, died May 12 at the age of 82. Rauschenberg is considered by many to be one of American’s most influential artists and he was instrumental in the transition from the Abstract Expressionism movement of the late 1950s to the Pop Art movement of the early 1960s. Rauschenberg is most famous for his series of “Combines” in which he employed non-traditional materials and objects in very unusual ways. Rauschenberg was known for collecting interesting pieces of trash on his walks through New York City for use in his works. His “Combines” are considered both painting and sculpture.


Rauschenberg’s formal art training is nearly as impressive as his storied career. Born in Port Arthur, Texas, he attended art school at the legendary Black Mountain College near Asheville, North Carolina where he studied under the rigorous teachings of famous Bauhaus artist Josef Albers. Rauschenberg also studied art with New York School artists Franz Kline and Jack Twokov as well as photographer Aaron Siskind. He met John Cage and learned about performance and its link to mulit-media art which would become an important part of his later works. Besides his works of art, Rauschenberg will also be well remembered for his fearless experimentation and unending innovation.