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Helena Antonaccio (born March 21, 1949 in Morristown, New Jersey) was Playboy magazine’s Playmate of the Month for the June 1969 issue.
Here she demonstrates conservation of momentum and energy…
In 1967 English actor Simon Prebble coined the name ‘Newton’s Cradle’ (now used generically) for a version of the device that demonstrates conservation of momentum and energy, manufactured by his company, Scientific Demonstrations Ltd . Harrods of London stocked the model, effectively creating the executive toy market.

Whenever I post pictures of women on this blog Mrs Kartoshka becomes agitated. Why? It’s not jealousy – not one of them can hold a candle to her. It’s because they are usually brunettes. Mrs Kartoshka is a blonde. The contempt with which blondes regard brunettes is monumental.

So- I have selected this picture for two reasons: because like Mrs Kartoshka she is a blonde, and because like Mrs Kartoshka she is a Russian Venus. I should point out however that Mrs Kartoshka is about 50kg with her hat and coat and boots on, whereas this lady is more generously built.

The painting is Русская Венера (Russian Venus) by Boris Mikhaylovich Kustodiev (Борис Михайлович Кустодиев:1878– 1927).
Kustodiev, who was known for illustration, stage and graphic design as well as his paintings, provides the link between traditional Russian realism and the classically influenced realism of the Soviet era. He studied under the great Russian painter Repin, who wrote I have great hopes for Kustodiev– praise indeed.
Kustodiev’s political awareness was awakened by the 1905 Revolution, and he produced satirical works in response to those troubled times.
Themes of traditional Russian life filled his work, indeed the times that Kustodiev spent away from Russia (he studied in France and Spain and later went to Switzerland for medical treatment) strengthened his love of his homeland.
From 1916 onwards Kustodiev was paralyzed from the waist down by spinal tuberculosis.

Before I am accused of old-school chauvinism I should point out that this is taken directly from the cover of the book, which was published in 1967:
Miniskirts and the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and now the Birds. That means girls–feathery and soft, swinging and defiantly independent…Who is the London girl? John d Green and his associates went through the agonies of choice, and here are fifty-five, not one of which is the typical girl. The beauty of this incandescent maelstrom is that each bird is pretty in her own individual way…Julie Christie, Susannah York, Dusty Springfield, ‘Charley’ Rampling, Marianne Faithful…Many represent the bewildering and fast-changing world of media: films, records, fashion photography, television, and theatre…

One of the TV highlights of the 1960’s was the immaculate espionage series The Champions– and Alexandra Bastedo was responsible for much of the programmes appeal.


This iconic image of Alexandra comes from a much sought after book, The Birds of Britain– photographs by John d Green.
This book regularly sells for $200- i’ll be posting some of the shots here in the next few weeks.