Monday, February 14, 2011

Time of her Time: Sandy Robertson by Tim Perior



As it's Valentines Day today B has suggested that I post another couples pictorial from Penthouse in the early seventies.  Eight months after the previous example,  Pair Play, Penthouse's next couples pictorial wasn't really a "love set" at all but a Pet pictorial which included a man, as the title page for Sandy Robertson's December 1973 pictorial showed.




First off, however, we are presented with some photgraphs of the Pet herself.  At least we can appreciate her, as we had yet to experience the Penthouse soft-focus effect in all its washed out diffuseness.




There are several noteworthy things about the splendid Miss Robertson.  Firstly, she has extreme tan lines.  this is something that would become more common as Penthouse increasingly used American rather than British models. 




Secondly, she has amazing, waist-length hair as demonstrated in this prototypical Penthouse mirror shot.




According to the text, Sandy was 36-23-36, as convincingly demonstrated by this series of photographs. 




In 1973 Bob Guccione had shot seven out of the twelve centrefolds, the others being covered by Jeff Dunas and Ken Marcus.  Tim Perior also contributed this unusual set.  This was Tim's first shoot for Penthouse and he included these two more abstracted studies of Sandy's splendid body which, again, were unusual for the time.




Perior was born in Detroit in 1940 and studied commercial and fine art at the Cass Technical High School in Detroit. By 1968 he had set up his first photographic studio in Southern California.  He carried on doing glamour and fashion photography for 11 years. 


Jennifer Welch


He shot another four pictorials for Penthouse, such as Jennifer Welch (above) from January 1975, but never another Pet of the Month.   He also did some work for Guccione's womens' magazine Viva, including this cover shot of a couple from August 1974.




In the slightly more soft-focus photograph, below, Sandy shows a hint of a split beaver, which was very unusual indeed for the period.




Unexpectedly, a man (called Chuck in the text) suddenly appears for most of the rest of the pictorial.  This really was a new departure for Penthouse.  They had occasionally shown their Pets interacting with clothed men before but until this point the only other one to be photographed with a naked man was Billie Rainbird in several photographs of her on the beach with a real seventies beardy-weirdy back in May 1971.


Billie Rainbird on the beach with a very short ugly man in 1971


Sandy seems to have faired much better as her man seems to be a mixture of Wolverine and seventies British Olympic swimmer David Wilkie.




At least Chuck is taller than Sandy!  Some Penthouse readers had been asking for men in the pictorials for some time. Oui magazine, the Playboy-owned supposed challenger to Penthouse for the slighly naughtier European-influenced market, had posed their centrefolds with male models several times.  So now it was a case of of the imitated being the imitator.




However, none of the Oui pictorials were as passionate as this one, as the couple get friendly in the pool.




Sandy, here, shows that she has a very strong nose, which is quite unusual for a glamour model, but Triple P likes a girl with a strong nose and thinks she looks great.  In the text of her pictorial it said that Sandy was an actress and had appeared in several films, including The Terminal Man (which hadn't been released at that point) and The Mad Bomber (1973) but there is no sign of her on IMDB.




Triple P thinks that this is a nice sequence of photographs capturing something of the tactile feel of contact with another naked body in water which, for some reason, feels more intense than it does in the air.




Chuck enjoys a good nuzzle whilst Sandy is the first Pet to be shown with her legs wrapped around a man;  the previous two couples sets didn't go that far.




Photographer Tim Perior moved on to more mainstream work; a lot more coming his way after he photographed Salvador Dali in Spain.  Today he is involved in TV and film production, graphics, stage productions and books.  He also produces religious themed art.  He is certainly a busy man!  


Nicole Carole


Notably,  he is now an evangelical Christian running his own evangelistic ministry since 1982.  Bizzarely, too, he was the first producer of Evel Knievel's stunt shows.  Although he mentions his glamour work briefly on his website he doesn't mention, of course, his previous work with Penthouse, especially as he was doing quite risque stuff by the time he finished at the magazine, as can be seen from this March 1977 shot of Nicole Carole.




Meanwhile, he gives us the first picture in Penthouse of a man touching a woman's pubic hair, making this one of the magazine's barrier breaking pictorials and notably more racy than his rivals at Playboy or Oui had done.




This picture of Sandy straddling Chuck is also much stronger than anything seen in the previous couples pictorials.




Finally, we get this implied post-coital shot which is the first example of something that we will certainly see again.




Unlike Oui, Penthouse had Sandy appearing solo in her centrefold, Chuck having been...chucked.  It is a particularly nice centrefold too with Sandy looking gloriously fluffy down below.




Penthouse never repeated this experiment of having a man interact with the Pet of the Month.  In the future couples pictorials would be completely seperate although, of course, some Pets would later appear in couples pictorials themselves.  It would be another twelve months before another couples pictorial and that would have an unusual aspect as well.

34 comments:

  1. I'd love more old couples man/woman from Penthouse and more male-male-female layouts from old issues where the men wanted to please the woman, both of them!

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  2. I've got a new B/G one about to go up in the next few days. I'm doing them chronologically so haven't got to the next B/B/G one yet!

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  3. I wish Penthouse would go back to its roots in erotic photography. It's a smut rag now and no scenes of seduction. Most of the models looks rough and worn even if they are young. Back in the day they were beautiful and alluring.

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  4. Do you think the couples knew each other before the photos were shot? Or did they just get carried away after meeting on set?

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  5. Who knows. Certainly the man and woman in One and one make free were an actual couple.

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  6. I just found the an original Dec 1973 Penthouse of Sandy...any buyers???...proy7@me.com

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  7. In Dec., '73 I was 25 and in better shape than "Chuck." Sure wish Penthouse had hired me to do the photo shoot with Sandy.

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    1. I was 20/21 then and argueably better-looking than Chuck and also wish PH had hired me instead.

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    2. Closest I ever got was four years before then, with a job offer of photo model for men's clothing, business suits and swimwear. Didn't pay as much as I was making. Would've worked for free to pose with Sandy.

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    3. Actually,I'd like to be Sandy.

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  8. The pics in the water are nicely sensual.

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  9. I commented on the Dawn Shaw piece in your other blog- this is another set from my brother's stash, and for a young high school boy, this was also a huge turn-oner. I wish more photos from this set became available. This is definitely one of the sexiest couples pictorials ever. Again, I'd like to know what happened to Sandy- I guess we'll never know.

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    1. She had the role of Margaret in "Blue Sunshine" and did stunt work in other movies. Back then she could have swum in my pool whenever she liked, of course without "Chuck."



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    2. That's right. Her appearence in "Blue Sunshine" is only at the beginning, but when the film's credits roll at the end, the role of Margaret is shown as Sandy Robertson. She would definitely have landed the part as leading lady in my own swimming pool epic of offshore drilling with me as supporting actor.

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  10. She was a stunt woman? Thanks for that!

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    1. Ah, the stunts I'd've loved to do with Sandy!

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    2. ...starting with some "offshore drilling" in the pool.

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    3. As a film, "Blue Sunshine" was a turkey, sort of a period piece about a few former hippies experiencing deadly flashbacks years after their psychadelic experimenting. With her looks, Sandy should have gotten better roles to play after that film was released.

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  11. In "Blue Sunshine" the role of Wendy is played by an actress billed as Ann Cooper, who at least strongly resembles Sandy.

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  12. Wrong. The character Margaret is played by Sandy. In the first attack scene Margaret is thrown over the back of a couch, with a split-second crotch shot (with panties) as she lands behind the couch, showing the same gams as shown in Sandy's "hint of a split beaver" shot (without panties) in the seventh photo of the Penthouse pictorial.

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  13. I'm sure that a lot of other photos of Sandy from the '73 Penthouse shoot would have been worth publication. Yum!

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    1. You got that right! Start a petition to Penthouse. Sandy's about the most desirable woman to appear in its pages.

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    2. I agree-her pictorial triggers fantasies of being with her,being her,her being my girlfriend cuckolding me.I wish they had been able to do hardcore shots of Sandy and Chuck,with her givivg head,etc.

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    3. No doubt about her desirability! I'd have loved to see shots of Sandy with an all-over tan alone in the pool and straddling me by a fireplace.

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  14. If the Sandy layout had been done 25 years later it would have been hardcore-can you imagine?

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    1. Vividly! I'm sure she was still hot in '98. She's probably still hot today at about 65 with that stuntwoman bod.

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    2. She could be as young as 20 (or even younger) in the shoot so she would be only 63 now. Quite capable of still being hot!

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  15. Unlike on this link, in the magazine photo no. 17, the "implied post-coital shot," immediately follows photo no. 9 of Sandy and Chuck closing in for a kiss apparently in a bedroom, followed by no. 10 of "the couple get[ting] friendly in the pool." Either sequence works, but no. 14. of the "offshore drilling" would be more realistic, if Sandy's hands were reaching back to grip something like the pool's ladder, her hands and his hands making four out of five points of stability.

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  16. No, just speaking from experience in water sports. According to the text in the magazine, Sandy was "nineteen during the so-called Summer of Love." That summer was 1968, making her born in either '48 or '49.

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  17. Sandy was born in 1946. She died in 2013. How do I know? I was Sandy's first husband. We were high school sweet hearts and married when she was 16 years old. We had one child together, a son. She was a very beautiful woman.

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  18. Nice hair and tits, but doesnt Sandy look a tad bit psycho?

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  19. She wasn't psycho, just had bigger ambitions than to be married to me and have a youngster and stuck in Idaho.

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