Joseph Jasgur Pin-up Photograph Bombshell Jane Russell At Vanity Candid 1946 For SaleThanks to all our buyers, we are honored to be your one-stop, 5 star source for vintage pin-up, pulp magazines, original illustration art, decorative collectibles and ephemera with a wide and always changing assortment of antique and vintage items from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, & Mid-Century Modern eras. All items are 100% guaranteed to be original, vintage, and as described. Please feel free to contact us with any and all questions about the items and our policies and please take a moment to peruse our other great items. All sell !
Grapefruit Moon Gallery just acquired an important collection of the original vintage file copy photographs from the estate of Joseph Jasgur, the now legendary Hollywood photographer who was active during the 1940s - 60s. The photographer died in 2009 in Orlando Florida a couple of days before his 90th birthday and his estate contents were sold in 2011 at a Hollywood sale to pay off creditors. Among the lots sold at this sale were previously unseen early images of Marilyn Monroe (she was just 19) taken by Jasgur during her Blue Book Model Agency Norma Jean days when she was an aspiring model and actress. These broke sale records, selling for a whopping $352,000.00, and increasing the visibility of the photographer substantially. Jasgur is credited with creating the urban legend or myth that Marilyn Monroe had six toes, sadly he died penniless--a victim of poor business deals and scams that kept him from profiting from his groundbraking earlier work. We will be selling hundreds of the photographer's archived file copy proof photographs featuring pin-up models and bathing beauties and erotic nudes that date to the 1940s - the zenith of the pin-up craze. Many of the sitters are identified in the photographer's hand and dated on the verso, additionally all estate copyright laws of these images are to be transferred to you the new buyers as they are purchased individually on our sale site, allowing clear title and legal right of duplication.
Joseph Jasgur cruised Hollywood night spots such as the Trocadero on Sunset Strip and the legendary Brown Derby, looking for and photographing celebrities such as Lauren Bacall, Humphry Bogart, Betty Grable, Ronald Reagan and Jane Russell. He also staked out crime scenes, turning up at the scene of homicides in his tricked-out Lincoln Zephyr, which had running water, a cot in the back and a radio-telephone, a rarity in the 1940s. This noir inspired, Weegee-like grittiness can be seen throughout his work and it clashes to great effect with the beautiful models and pin-up girls Jasgur captured without pretense in varying degrees of dress and undress. This is a spectacular collection of first generation vintage gelatin silver photographs direct from the estate of Joseph Jasgur -- all sell ! ITEM: You are offerding on a signed by Joseph Jasgur original 1946 gelatin silver photograph of the always radiant Jane Russell, the bombshell pin up icon, "in her bedroom trying on hats" as described on verso. An unusual candid view of a marquis Hollywood celebrity. Measures 7 1/4" x 9 1/4" and was mounted on a slightly larger card stock with rounded edges for file copy storing and presentation display purposes (as are many examples in this collection).This was Jasgur's archived and stored original file copy. In addition to the corner signature this still features his original inkstamp, and an additional later stamp from 1987 which was added to secure continuation of his copyright.
Along with this vintage photograph, we are able to offer the copyright for the image, meaning that the buyer will be legally allowed to reproduce and sell copies of the photograph upon purchase or compile these pin-up images for a book on Jasgur. This makes this a great piece both for the collector and dealer.
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CONDITION: This vintage original photograph is in very good - condition -- the professional mount is free of any bubbling or rippling or defects and is flawless.
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Here is the photographers obituary in the L.A.Times:
Joseph Jasgur, the photographer who shot pictures of Marilyn Monroe when she was just a 19-year-old brunet hoping to break into modeling, has died in an Orlando, Fla.-area nursing home.
Jasgur had been ill for months. He died of natural causes Saturday, two days before his 90th birthday.
He spent the last years of his life trying to win back the legal rights to those photos, as well as hundreds of others that he shot in golden-era Hollywood during the 1940s and '50s.
Back then, he cruised night spots, such as the Trocadero on Sunset Strip and the legendary Brown Derby, looking for and photographing celebrities:Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Betty Grable, Ronald Reagan, and Jane Russell.
He also staked out crime scenes, turning up at the scene of homicides in his tricked-out Lincoln Zephyr, which had running water, a cot in the back and a radio-telephone, a rarity in the 1940s, said Marty Stanonik, his legal guardian.
But it was the Monroe photos that earned him the most acclaim.
Jasgur was just 26 when Monroe, then known as Norma Jean Dougherty, walked into his Los Angeles photo studio in 1946.
She had no money but wanted to become a model. Jasgur led her into the alley and snapped several shots.
"She was a plain, ordinary girl with two sets of clothes -- one she had on, one in the laundry," Jasgur said in an interview three years ago.
During the next three weeks, Jasgur shot dozens more: Norma Jean in the Hollywood Hills, Norma Jean at the beach.
The glamour shots worked. They were part of the portfolio that Monroe showed to 20th Century Fox, Stanonik said.
She became rich and famous. Jasgur did not.
After she became a star, "She shunned him," said Stanonik, of Beach Park, Ill.
Still, Jasgur owned those photos, and he spent much of his later years trying to capitalize on them.
The beach photos, in particular, would years later create a sensation: They appeared to show a sixth toe on Monroe's left foot, something many Hollywood historians have dismissed as an optical illusion.
In 1991, the photos appeared in a coffee-table book, "The Birth of Marilyn: The Lost Photos of Norma Jean."
In the late 1990s, Jasgur moved to Florida, and, in 2000, he signed away control of the photos to an Orlando drywall contractor.
That deal quickly soured. Jasgur accused the buyer of cheating him. The buyer said the same thing about Jasgur. The dispute wound up in Bankruptcy Court, and there it remains after more than eight years.
In the end, Jasgur died penniless and bedridden at the Palm Garden of Orlando nursing home, his mind clouded by dementia.
"He was a good man, basically a good man and a talented professional," said longtime friend Tom Endre. "He was not a very good businessman."
Liz Green, an Orlando bankruptcy attorney, is one of the lawyers who tried to get the photos back.
"He really did love what he did," she said. "He would just light up when he talked about it."
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