Paige Young Images Used In Art and Merchandise. Paintings By Paige Young. (Updated 9/16/21)

By Mel Ramos. Ramos painted numerous images based on the Playmates, their bodies entwined and/or emerging out of consumer products with a brand label showing. Also soda cans, candy bars, Chiquita bananas etc.
Collage by artist Martha Rosler. Rosler created a series of collages utilizing images of the Playboy Playmates. . Rosler appropriated the image of Paige from the January 1969 issue of Playboy. See Chapter 1970 #2
Paige’s image on left, from a set of “Sip and Strip” barware, very popular in the 70s. White paint that is supposed to cover the nudity until the user fills with ice and liquid, has been worn off. Gowland either sold the rights to these photos to the company who produced the glasses, or he sold the rights to someone who then sold them to the production company.

Puzzle can with Paige Young centerfold image courtesy of Duke Haney.

According to author Duke Haney: the successful Playmate puzzle series was released periodically, in groups of 4 Playmates at a time. Paige’s “group” included Cynthia Myers, Gwen Wong and DeDe Lind and was released in 70/71.

Lid of Paige Young puzzle with “mini-centerfold.”

Haney describes the lid of the Playmate puzzle:

“The mini-centerfold measures 3×6.5 and two were two included with every puzzle. One was folded so that only the face of the girl was visible through the opaque cap on the can. This was so that the buyer knew which puzzle it was, which Playmate. There are four pictured on the can itself. Then there was another mini-centerfold inside the can. This one wasn’t creased like the one below the lid. These pictures were guides to be referenced while piecing together the puzzle. Only one would have been necessary but hey…”

Finished puzzle. Image courtesy of Duke Haney.

Haney says Playmates “never received residuals, Playboy owned the photos outright.” and that “The last of the puzzles were released in 1973, so Paige would have certainly been alive when her puzzle was released.”

*NOTE* All of Paige’s paintings that follow, were publicly posted on Pinterest and Facebook.

“Monica and Gort” by Paige Young. Private collection
The Laundry Girl. Private collection. posted on Pinterest
By Paige Young.

PETER GOWLAND’S GIRLS exhibit and book curated by Thom Schrimbock 2016

To mark the 100th birthday of Peter Gowland ZEPHYR – Space for Photography in Mannheim & Reiss-Engelhorn Museums curated “Peter Gowland’s Girls”, the first international exhibition of his lifework.  “Peter Gowland’s Girls” showcases some 200 works selected from Peter Gowland’s estate, which comprises tens of thousands of superb prints and slides, including the most sensational, most elegant and most daring pictures from his unparalleled career as a pin-up photographer. The exhibition displays his portraits of stars like Joan Collins and Jayne Mansfield, his work for “Playboy” and “Rolling Stone”, and his pictures for innumerable calendars and magazines from the 1940s to the 1970s. from petergowlandphotography.com

Photo below is from the book “Peter Gowland’s Girls.” Labeled “Unknown” (model)

Outtake from a Gowland a Playboy session. Peter Gowland. Compare to “Unknown” photo above.
Another scuba photo not published. Paige’s published centerfold scuba photos show her in the water in full scuba gear while her companion spears a sea creature.
Cover of a feminist art book featuring a Martha Rosler collage. Paige Young appears in the upper right corner, mirroring Sally Sheffield, May 1969. Image is distorted due to enlarging.

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