The Pipeline

(Last Updated On May 4, 2020)

Pigtails depends on its readers for leads, additional research or images needed to complete certain posts.  I will date each entry so you can know the last time I updated or added a new entry.  The items are subdivided so, you can focus your attention on areas you are knowledgeable in.  The categories are: Artists, Models and Actresses, Film and Other Media (including such things as postcards and comics).  Items formerly belonging to the ‘Wish List’ have been integrated here.  Some items may already appear as posts on Pigtails, but more information or examples are desired..  Many of these leads will be developed into posts but others may remain here for readers to follow up on.  It is hoped that this page will eliminate a lot a duplication of effort.

This page is organized by: artist name, model/actress name, name of film and other media so you can focus your browsing to areas of interest or expertise.  Based on the current database, artists and films have the longest lists so they will have dedicated pages.


Bush, Kate (singer, songwriter): It was hard to classify this artist because what is most interesting to Pigtails readers is a pictorial book, Cathy (2015), put together by her brother John Carder Bush featuring Kate as a young girl. The entire book can be viewed online here.

Ionesco, Eva: This girl was brought to public attention because of the modeling work with her mother, Irina Ionesco. Several books were published, most notably Eva: Eloge de ma Fille (2004). While still a youth, she also modeled for Jacques Bourboulon and posed in an Italian version of Playboy. She also starred in a mediocre film about a love triangle, Maladolescenza (Italy, 1977), which has since been banned in several countries. It was later revealed that Eva’s relationship with her mother was highly exploitative and coercive. Some clues to the details can be found in the film (a kind of condensed biography) My Little Princess (2011) directed by Eva and a biography Eva (2015) written by her husband, Simon Liberati. In 2017, she published her own book called Innocence. Considerable materials have been collected to produce a post including translations of the Liberati book.


Fuck Off and Die (and/or) La Squab by Britton, David & Kris Guidio: This comic collection was put out by the notorious Savoy Books.  This will perhaps be easier for our British readers to locate, since it is a British publication, but Amazon does seem to have some copies available.  I am interested primarily in the pages which have the character La Squab, a little prepubescent punk girl who is known to break rules … and boundaries.  This edition also has an introduction by Alan Moore.  There is now a book devoted solely to La Squab and both books are now in the Pigtails Library.


The Allégret Collection: Marc Allégret was a film actor perhaps most famous for his love affair with André Gide. What is virtually unknown is that for a time, he collected images of naked young girls. These mostly postcard-size images were glued into albums, purchased by a private collector and sold off one at a time. The images came from various known and unknown artists and were it not for this liquidation, Pigtails readers would have never learned of the work of Carl Lepper. It was my intent to do a post featuring some of many interesting image sent to me as a prospective buyer.

The Cottingley Fairies: It is remarkable how little girls manage to insinuate themselves into every aspect of life. During World War I and its aftermath, two young girls perpetrated a hoax in which they claimed to have photographed fairies in the area of Cottingley village in Yorkshire. Photographic experts declared that the photos in question were not altered and so they represented a kind of hope to a demoralized people. One of the most noted enthusiasts was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who lost a son in the war. There were two very different films produced surrounding this story, FairyTale: A True Story (US, 1997) and Photographing Fairies (UK, 1997) , and their reviews will be included as part of a post on this subject.

Mafalda: This little girl appeared in an Argentinian comic strip of the same name and has developed in at least two cartoon series. One of our contributors has promised to do a piece on this.

A Russian Nude Child Contest! Yes, it’s true. A Russian newspaper conducted a naked child photo contest and published the winners. Someone got a hold of that paper, scanned in the images and posted them online. Unfortunately, the site did not include documentation of which publication this was or the date. And these are reproductions from a newspaper so they quality is quite poor (some came out better than others). It would be appreciated in someone fluent in Russian could do a little digging on this and find out some concrete details.

30 thoughts on “The Pipeline

        • I see. The way you posted the link, it made it appear that was your website. I am working on the Betsy Schneider post, but even if I am successful, there will only be a small number of selections offered at higher resolution. Thank you for clarifying. -Ron

          • It is unfortunate that Betsy Schneider has not put out a BOOK including these works. Of course, there would be controversy, but that did not “scare” Jock Sturges or Sally Mann. Those two artists have set examples of artistic courage that deserve to be emulated.

    • Hello, I would like all the pictures bigger and is not it possible to post here complete series, like Jacques Bourboulon, David Hamilton, Glenn Holland, Alexander Fradis, Hiromi Saimon. In short, the seventies and eighties?!?


      • The reason we do not post bigger images and not complete series is out of respect for the artists’ hard work and copyright law. It is legitimate for us to review the work of artists and show examples, but not complete or overly-high resolution images. We are not an image-sharing site except whatever is needed to get the job done. Whenever possible, we do mention the titles of books where these images appear and you can purchase them. In the case of European and American artists, there is no way to be complete because of the multitude of images that exist only in private collections. For example, tens of thousands of Hamilton’s images will probably never see the light of day! All the artists you name will be covered on this site in the course of time. Thank you, -Ron

  1. I found scans of Ron Raffaelli’s Nymphets, but I’m worried that some of them aren’t legal. I’m not a legal expert thought, but I’m paranoid. I uploaded them to a file host. You can check them out. If they’re not all legal, please delete them and let us know to stay away from them. I want you and all of us here to stay on the right side of the law.


    • That is very kind of you but public comments are not the appropriate forum for sharing this. Because of the danger of entrapment (yes, I can be paranoid too), I prefer to accept image files only from people I have established a dialog with. You are welcome to contact me through my email; your contributions are appreciated. For your information, I sometimes ask an associate to retrieve questionable files to see if they are of any value (using a proxy browser). If there is a concern over legality, the files are then forwarded to another associate who has a friend in law enforcement who reviews the images. Only those that are completely legitimate are sent to me and sometimes I receive a summary about the nature of those images that were excluded. I feel very fortunate that we have so many guardian angels out there helping us stay out of trouble. If I had a means of contacting you, I would then let you know about which are the problem files. I am aware that some of Raffaelli’s images may technically violate US law. This is unfair because even though they can be highly erotic, they were produced in good spirit and no reasonable case of coercion can be made. If work like this is considered of historical/sociological value, copies may be forwarded to two university archives (one in Australia and one in Canada) where they are safely kept for use in academic research or until such images may be acceptably accessed by the public.
      The acceptable images have been forwarded to me. I’m afraid that advising people on the legality of images (by US standards) is difficult because many of the images were classified as borderline. That is to say that in a court of law, a judge or jury could go either way and that would also depend on the region; certainly juries in the South are going to be very conservative when it comes to nudity or any sexual self-expression by children. Also, context is important. Courts are going to consider what other materials might have been seized in evidence. An excessive focus on nudes or erotica is going to be a problem which is why Pigtails has to make a special efforts to include explanatory text on all nudes that require it. Raffaelli, realizing the political climate had changed, made a statement to the effect that anyone having his child nudes would be advised to destroy them. That is not to say that he or his models became ashamed of the work, simply that he wanted to protect fans and collectors. A fair number of images are appropriate for Pigtails and so I thank you for adding these to our collection. Apologies also for my somewhat harsh reply earlier, but submissions from “out of the blue” have to be regarded with suspicion.

    • I am interested in these scans of Ron Raffaelli’s Nymphets. Is there any way I could be sent a link to download?

      • Because Raffaelli pushes the limits of (US) legality, I have not even seen all the images. Those that were forwarded to me plus others that were sent will be used in a post. We cannot get into the business of exchanging or giving out complete archives of images. Regardless of their source, Pigtails has a legitimate need for access to conduct reviews of artists. The good news is that a reader found a file online recently and so perhaps it can be found out there somewhere. I have no idea or I would give you a link. The reader in question uploaded the file to a file sharing system and did not give me the original link. If you are lucky and resourceful you might still be able to find it on the internet somewhere.

    • Yes, I am familiar with that site and I signed up. I closed my account when I realized they explicitly exclude nudes. I know this rule is not necessarily enforced and I have gone a couple times to look for Ron Oliver postcards. The problem now is overload. I have been toying with the idea of having readers volunteer to monitor certain sites and report when something of interest turns up. Delcampe would be one of them. At some point, I will probably list the ones I would like actively monitored on a page I plan to call ‘Adopt-A-Site’.

  2. AG Steglitz, has done some interesting nude photographs of children in the early 1900s. A number of them are sometime available online, in postcard format, to purchase or to bid on if you are lucky to be there at the right time. Most of the ones I have seen are children nude outdoors, either by a river or in the forest.
    I would like to know what’s all available from this same theme.

    • Thank you for these leads. I am familiar with these images but many reproductions have not been credited. My copies do not have any such identifying information. The little girl sitting on the bank has appeared in a number of other naturist postcards. Is AG Steglitz the name of the company or the artist?
      Since you have taken the time to leave a comment, I have a sneak preview for you. I have made arrangements to have access to perhaps the largest Edwardian postcard collection in the world. This will begin within the next year and–barring some catastrophe–will include the complete images to the Reutlinger post and the Gaboriaud post. It will also undoubtedly include those more rare Steglitz naturist postcards.
      An associate in Australia is interested in cataloging vintage postcards and will use this collection as a foundation for an online archive. When the software is set up, Pigtails will be making an official announcement.

  3. It should be added here that the layout in the first “ZOOM” magazine, while beautiful, is made up only of pictures of adult women. The above article seemed to imply otherwise, but perhaps I understood it incorrectly.

    • The issue I have is clearly too early (before 1979), so it would have to be a later issue. Nina was not the only model featured and another reader has shared another image that strongly resembles a Sturges composition. When I do get the relevant information, it will be put together in a post and I will certain share any relevant details with Pigtails’ readers.

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