Thursday, February 21, 2013

1776 by Jeff Dunas

For our next Penthouse Love Set we visit the American Bicentennial (or Bisextennial as Penthouse rather cringingly had it) issue of July 1976 and a pictorial shot by Jeff Dunas.  This was their second period piece after the December 1975 pictorial The Duel by Earl Miller.  Although it looks striking we are not sure of the authenticity of a bright red canoe in this period!

For this issue they had four pictorials instead of the usual three and no less than three of them were Love Sets.  1776 was a group pictorial, 1876 was a girl/girl one and 2076 was a boy/girl one.  1976 was the Pet of the Month, of course, Miss Helen Lang.

In the first picture in the set we have our two British soldiers in a canoe (which is really more French Indian War than American Revolution) with the officer observing the shore with a telescope.  Here we see what has caught his eye: two animated young, colonial lovelies.

Encouraged by their enthusiastic gesticulations he orders his long suffering private to beach the canoe to meet them.  Despite their being two young ladies there seems to be no suggestion that the private should join in.  Rank has its privileges, after all.

It doesn't take long for the young ladies to get the officer off his guard and onto the ground.  Much of the text is about how colonial ladies dealt with British troops, as if all locals were on the other side from the British.  This, of course, is nonsense and there is a very strong argument to be made that the America Revolution was more in the nature of a civil war than a fight between locals and the colonial power, egged on by the dastardly French (see Rebels and Redcoats by Hugh Bicheno). 

It is just as likely, therefore that these two young ladies were Loyalists and it would certainly explain their immediate friendliness towards our young officer.   One of the ladies is going straight to the point in this picture, certainly.

Although the "officer" is wearing a wig he hasn't any other rank insignia so is his possession of a large telescope misleading the ladies?  Is he just a private with an eye for the main chance? The uniforms are reasonably but not entirely accurate.  The blue collar and cuffs would make his regiment a royal one such as the Royal Welch fusiliers who had gold lace and buttons of their sleeves and lapels.

Anyway the ladies don't seem to care and are happy to let him suck at one of their perky breasts.  Sometimes the models in these pictorials would be ones who had already appeared in the magazine, or even Pets of the Month, but we don't recognise these two.  They do a good job here, though, managing to look cute, fun and sexy.  Lots of smiles help!

Interestingly, although Penthouse in the UK had shown the fairly assertive penis shot in The Duel in December 1975 they baulked at this photo and it was the only one left out from the UK edition.  Possibly the fact that the lady on the left actually has her finger delicately curled around the man's member made it too strong for the UK.  You can get close but no touching.  It's a nicely erotic shot.

It gives a much more sensual and enticing feeling to the pictorial to have the participants, as here, falling out of their clothes gradually rather than the everyone is naked at once approach in modern magazines.  It makes the little touches like the girl with her cheek pressed against the man's bottom that much more arousing.

This time its the turn of the girl in the mob cap to get her bust fondled, although she is showing some anachronistic tan lines!

Its also good to see kissing in pictorials like this which is one thing that Penthouse, and Dunas in particular, was good at including.

Here we have a development, as one girl is unable to resist the perkily presented bust of her friend and gives it a kiss.  Meanwhile our upstanding officer gives her a good seeing to from behind.  Given that, at this stage, Penthouse was using models rather than porn star's in its couples pictorials it would have been interesting to witness the dynamic on set.  To what extent were they being directed, for example, and to what extent were they improvising?

This shot reminds us that although three out of four of Penthouse's group Love Sets had shown glimpses of the man's penis none of them had shown any of the girl's labia.  This was certainly not the case for boy/girl or girl/girl pictorials they had published up until this point.  We shall see shortly, for example, that in the lesbian set in this issue, 1876, there is really quite a lot of pussy on display.

Magazines at this time were still worried about being prosecuted for obscenity, as they pushed the envelope as to what could be shown, so it may be that the thought was that a group set, such as this, was risque enough in itself.  Certainly, the levels of explicitness in all of the Penthouse Love Sets lagged behind the levels of explicitness demonstrated by their solo girls.

This was only Penthouse's fourth group pictorial and compared with later years they would be quite unusual.   From 1974 until 1984 there would only be twelve.  Only one had been boy/boy/girl (Bawdy Bathers) with all the others featuring two girls, no doubt as they offer the opportunity of some lesbian action as well (albeit very gentle at this stage).  

Meanwhile, while the officer is having all the fun, the poor soldier is having to guard the canoe.  A soldier in the British army at this time would not have been permitted a beard unless he was a sapper.  He also would not have worn boots but gaiters.  It's a proper musket though 

Meanwhile, back on shore, its all getting increasingly steamy as one girl kisses the soldier while the other one sits astride him, although she looks a bit far back for any intimate contact.

For some reason, at this point, the girl puts her cap back on and kisses her friend.  The UK editors must have missed it (or maybe not) but the girl in the cap has her hand on the man's very erect looking penis in this shot.  But then if you have two lovelies squirming across your body such a reaction is only to be expected.

So, we think this is a successful pictorial by Dunas and certainly the first group pictorial with simulated sex positions.  It would be nearly eighteen months until Penthouse had another group pictorial.  Another period piece too but this time it did feature a porn star.  We have more boy/girl sets, girl/girl sets and a girl/girl/girl set to come  before we get to that one however.


  1. Interesting pictorial, although it does seem a bit unpatriotic for a 1776 set to depict fraternisation. I thought the whole thing was going to be a trap, with a Minuteman springing out in the last frame on the otherwise distracted Redcoat.

  2. That would have been more dramatic, certainly!

  3. I agree that the picture with the man's erection being held by one of the girls was quite risqué for its time. A good pictorial.

  4. 1) Totally agree about the impact of kissing. 2)Also, youre a man after my own heart in writing this: "It gives a much more sensual and enticing feeling to the pictorial to have the participants, as here, falling out of their clothes gradually rather than the everyone is naked at once approach in modern magazines. It makes the little touches like the girl with her cheek pressed against the man's bottom that much more arousing." 3) The girl not in the maid's cap has some sneaky-big tits.