Wednesday, June 8, 2016

A Touch of Class by Earl Miller

As it's Scarlett Knight's 'Hump Day'', when she usually unearths an arousing picture of a couple for her Google+ page, we thought we would post another Penthouse Love Set (two in one week, shock!).

This one, A Touch of Class, comes from the December 1978 edition and is unusual in that the pictorial features on the cover of the magazine.  In fact, it was the first time that a boy/girl Love Set had featured on the cover of Penthouse and, indeed, this would only happen one more time, in the eighties.

This one is supposedly set in a boarding school.  The opening shots have our lady and gentleman tossing a few balls.  These seventies and eighties Love Sets really benefit from these sorts of shots is establishing a relationship between the models.  The shots of them dressed make the shots of them naked much more satisfying.

The slightly dubious, thing from today's perspective, about this is that he is supposed to be her teacher.  We are not speaking about university or college here, either (and Triple P admits to having had a fling with a lady tutor who was fourteen years older than him), this is school.  This sort of behaviour, these days is considered very inappropriate and a line like that in the text "sometimes he singles out a pupil, as here..." (and) "..teaches her a thing or two"  would be deemed grooming today.

There have been a rash of teacher/pupil relationships hitting the headlines recently but quite often it seems to be a female teacher on the prowl. We went to a school performance evening at a young relation's girl's school school a couple of years ago and from the boy's school next door was a band where the lead guitarist (a pupil) seemed very friendly with the band's very attractive young singer (who obviously wasn't a pupil).  We asked if she was a pupil at the girl's school but was told she was a teacher from the boy's school.  This was the boy's school Triple P attended and there certainly weren't any women teachers like that when we were there!  In fact their weren't any women teachers at all until Triple P was sixteen when we got our first female teacher, for German. She was not unattractive but as she was in her late thirties she was not in the target zone of any of the boys.  She did wear nice leather boots in the winter, though.

In this shot our teacher seems very excited by the attention he is getting from the girls but photographer Earl Miller later revealed that the man had a banana stuffed down his trousers!   The female model in this set in August 1978 pet of the Month Jennifer Zanewho at least she looks the age she presumably is, early twenties rather than what she is supposed to be: a schoolgirl.  According to the text the school is supposed to be a "posh, progressive boarding school", hence the absence of school uniforms.

"In class the others get teacher's attention by raising their hands, she, by parting her legs," says the text on the page this photo is on.  So its as much her as him, it is implied.  That's what they all say.  "He proceeds to bridge the age gap in an unabridged way", it goes on.  This is quite a bold pussy touching shot for the time.

Next we have a sequence of the couple that didn't appear in the magazine which features them having cycled out to the woods at night (or one of them has, given the bike) for an illicit late night pic-nic. These clothes don't appear in the Penthouse pictorial at all.

They get down to some passionate caressing and she has a succulent, erect nipple in this shot.

The outdoor pic-nic is visible in this shot as we get the first view of her bush.  The male model in this was also Earl Miller's photographic assistant, Tom Swanson, and had also appeared in his Lust in Space pictorial in October 1978.

Although not explicit, this shot is, nonetheless, quite graphic.  This one did appear in the magazine and may have been from the bicycle sequence as Swanson is wearing the same necklace.  The text here is quite graphic too: "When he gingerly fondles her downy, schoolgirl cleft, though, she falls strangely silent, except for almost inaudible moans."   Fortunately, the model in the pictorial has a fully adult bush and is not as described.

The next part of the pictorial had a rather curious genesis.  In those days, unlike today, pictorials in magazines like Penthouse and Playboy would be shot over more than a day and not always in close proximity chronologically .

In this case Miller wanted to shoot more of the couple (perhaps he wasn't very happy with the bicycle pic-nic section which was, perhaps, intended to be the "love" section of the Love Set.

Anyway, when Tom Swanson turned up for the shoot he had shaved his mustache off.  Thinking quickly, Miller decided to incorporate this into the pictorial, which is why we get the girl giving him a shave as the mustache has, in fact, already gone. In the text she justifies this by saying that his mustache reminds her "of daddy".  Although, actually, of course she and he look about the same age so some suspension of belief is called for.

She then decides to "trim off a bit of his nether hair to make him a well-groomed lover."  He must be braver than Triple P in letting a girl with a cut-throat razor near his nether regions!   Sir, about the mark for my last essay.  Hmm!

Anyway, our lady seems to be enjoying the (fake) process, given her lovely smile and fortunately Mr Swanson's soapy part is ticked well away from her blade.

Despite what was appearing in other parts of the magazine, spread legged, labia revealing shots like this were still very rare in boy/girl Love Sets.  Bob Guccione actually preferred the more romantic style and it was his wife, Kathy Keeton, who pushed for more explicitness over the years.

In the text accompanying this fine nipple licking shot they say that the girl is a "barely blooming eighteen" years old.  At least as far as the story is concerned.

There is no actually lip to lip kissing in the pictorial although the couple get very close, as here, but always end up looking like they have just missed.

This shot is actually identical to the one on the cover  Including text free versions of the cover shots was something that Penthouse had only just started to occasionally do.

Finally, after all that foreplay and shaving, we get a few lovemaking shots, although they are less assertive than some that have preceded them and we are not sure even if these really count.

These implied fellatio shots (one from the magazine, one outtake) are a bit stronger, however.

Finally, our school girl gets her fancy tickled with the shower; no doubt to cool her down.  Although this boy girl set does not have the passion of Sea Song, for example, it is a nice, gentle set where the two models seem to have a good relationship which comes over well in what is a rather playful set.

The next Love Set will be the first of 1979 and will also be by Earl Miller.  In many ways it is stylistically similar to this one but is a girl/girl set.  We will try to get this posted for Scarlett Knight's Sapphic Sunday this weekend!


  1. Fun and romantic! Good-looking guy, too ;)

    1. Yes, Miller was good at getting a nice atmosphere between the models.

  2. You did a very nice job with this love set. I appreciate the outtakes-from Mike Floral author of "The Complete Book of Classic Penthouse Magazine Love Pictorials from the 1970's and 1980's".

    1. I find your book very helpful and would recommend it to anyone interested in Penthouse magazine in the seventies and eighties.

  3. The model for this pictorial is August 1978 Pet Jennifer Zane.

  4. Too funny about the banana. Maybe it's the same offending fruit making a cameo in the shot of them spooning on the blanket.