Rare Discovery: Ladybirds All-Girl Topless Band Photo Print

Hello everyone! Manny Calavera here. I recently won this item on an eBay and thought I would like to share it with you. As you may know by following the blog, I am a big enthusiast when it comes to anything  pertaining to the all-girl topless bands of yesteryear, The Ladybirds being at the heart of this fascination.

This lovely bare-breasted quartet was the first ever all-girl topless band. From left to right: Lisa Lynn (guitar), Marcelle Mitchel (bass), Rosita Quintana (drums), and Robin Sherwood (guitar, vocals).

It is just crazy that, any time I think I’ve found all there is to find on the band, something new always seems to surface. It’s simply incredible. Within the past two months I have acquired three new crucial pieces to add to my Ladybirds book project. Special thanks goes to Vintagenudistfan of Candy Earle Fan for tipping me off to these relics.

A close-up on the right most part of the photo.

With that, let’s take a look at what I got from. The eBay auction. It is Photo print of the band that possibly dates all the way back to 1966 or 1967. On the back of the photo it specifically states that the band has no name yet. The Ladybirds didn’t have a name until some time in ’67.

A close-up on the left most part of the photo.

As you can see, another clue as to the date in which this photo was taken is in the band’s wardrobe. They’re only wearing pants and shoes, which is all they had for “costumes.” It wasn’t until later that the fashion world had begun to create special topless garments like dresses and swimsuits. Remember, these ladiesand others in the Broadway North Beach, California scene were at the forefront of the topless movement, so it makes sense the fashion took some time to catch up.

The backside of the photo.

The photo taken also clearly shows that the girls are clearly performing at Type’s because of the design of the stage at Type’s. It is a dead on match. The band’s current lineup consists of Lisa Lynn on guitar, Marcelle Mitchel on bass, Rosita Quintana on drums, and Robin Sherwood on lead guitar and vocals.

I apologise for the poor quality of the pictures of the photo, but those were the best the seller could provide. When the print comes in, I’ll try to get a good scan of it along with my other finds. All that being said, take care.

 

As always, if anyone has more information on the American all-girl topless band The Ladybirds in the form of photos, written articles or even video footage, then please contact me at mannycalavera5757@gmail.com

Rare Discovery: New Photo Negative Of The Ladybirds

This is Manny from the Vintage Cuties blog with another exciting update! I have recently acquired a new photo to add to the Vintage Cuties collection and to my ever growing mound of research on the all-girl topless band The Ladybirds. All thanks goes to friend of the website Richard Howe for tipping me off the existence of this film negative. There was an Ebay auction simply titled ‘TOPLESS LOUNGE ACT/Las Vegas RISQUE/2 1/4″ copy negative/RARE IMAGE.’ It seems like a pretty innocuous title for an auction listing. When Mr. Howe tipped me off to it I searched to find it, but all was in vain. Luckily, Mr. Howe was able to locate it and directly link it to me. Once on the auction page, I noticed that no one had placed any bids on the negative. It makes sense when you think about how difficult it was to locate the listing in the first place.

Listing description: Copy negative (2 1/4″) from the 1970s…topless band performing in a Las Vegas lounge. From left to right: Barbara Branch, Robin Sherwood, Rosita Quintana, Lisa Lynn and Marcelle Mitchell. (this is a thumbnail taken from the auction listing)

Because of this not so insignificant fact, I was able to win the auction effortlessly and it only cost a little over ten dollars; truly a blessing. Richard Howe suspects that this is taken from the same location as another picture taken of the band when they performed and opened for Godfrey Cambridge at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. I absolutely agree with his assessment. This is definitely taken from the same venue and time. The negative hasn’t arrived just yet, but I’m very excited to be acquiring another piece of The Ladybirds’ history. Again, many thanks to Richard Howe for tipping me off to this auction. Hopefully, this isn’t the last time anything new on The Ladybirds pops up. Until next time!

 

As always, if anyone has more information on the American all-girl topless band The Ladybirds in the form of photos, written articles or even video footage, then please contact me at mannycalavera5757@gmail.com

Rare Discovery: Nine New Photo Negatives Of The Ladybirds

Hello everyone! This is Manny from Vintage Cuties with another amazing find. I have been on quest for the last few years to find any information and media I can pertaining to the all-girl topless band The Ladybirds. At this point I have a good idea of where the band performed and which photos and videos taken at certain performances and venues. Recently, I won an auction on Ebay for nine photo negatives of the band performing in Texas and I am pretty sure that these photos have not been seen before, which is a big deal. Here is a small gallery showing what the negatives look like:

I noticed, as I’m sure you have, the photos have different two types of exposure on the same photo. Hopefully, this was done to make it hard to pirate the images from Ebay. If they are messed up, I’ll have to fix them in GIMP or Photo to make them look right. Nonetheless, it’s amazing that these brand new never-before-seen photos even exist at all. I hope more photos of The Ladybirds surface along with any recorded songs.

The Ladybirds – Marcelle And Rosita Playing Together

Ladybirds Tipsy's 1967

Marcelle Mitchel and Rosita Quintana rocking out.

Just click the picture to see the full Photo. Enjoy!

[Information]

Photo Name / ID:  The Ladybirds 003

Type: Black and White

As always, thanks for stopping by. If you have any comments suggestions or have any more information/material on the various models shown here the Vintage Cuties blog then drop me a line at MannyCalavera5757@gmail.com.

The Ladybirds – Animations From The Blue Bunny Performance Of 1968 (Group)

Ladybirds banner

The Ladybirds Animations From The Blue Bunny Performance Of 1968 (Individual)

Now that there is some proper footage of The Ladybirds for analysis and some stills to accompany them, I have started working on publishing some animated images captured from said footage. Since there are more shots of the band members from The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield, these animations will be separated into different posts. The following are animated images of the ladies captured as a group. Everything is animated with a 100 millisecond frame delay. Hope you enjoy!

Ladybirds - Blue Bunny Full Band 1

A nice pulled back shot of the whole band.

Ladybirds - Blue Bunny Full Band 2

A great panning shot of The Ladybirds.

Again, it is a great look at these fine ladies rocking out hard. Hopefully, more film footage of this band exists and surfaces in the future. If anyone knows about any other bit of information on The Ladybirds, please let me know at mannycalavera5757@gmail.com. Thanks in advance!

The Ladybirds – Animations From The Blue Bunny Performance Of 1968 (Individual)

Ladybirds banner

The Ladybirds Animations From The Blue Bunny Performance Of 1968 (Individual)

Now that there is some proper footage of The Ladybirds for analysis and some stills to accompany them, I have started working on publishing some animated images captured from said footage. Since there are more shots of the band members from The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield, these animations will be separated into different posts. The following are animated images of the ladies captured individually. Everything is animated with a 100 millisecond frame delay. Hope you enjoy!

Ladybirds - Blue Bunny Rosita 1

Rosita Quintana (Drums)

 

Ladybirds - Blue Bunny Debbie 1

Deborah (Keyboard/Organ, Vocals)

 

Ladybirds - Blue Bunny Marcelle close up

Marcelle Mitchell (Bass, Vocals)

 

Ladybirds - Blue Bunny Bobbie 1

Barbara Branch (Rhythm Guitar, Vocals)

 

Ladybirds - Blue Bunny Robin 1

Robin Sherwood (Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals)

Again, it is a great look at these fine ladies rocking out hard. Hopefully, more film footage of this band exists and surfaces in the future. If anyone knows about any other bit of information on The Ladybirds, please let me know at mannycalavera5757@gmail.com. Thanks in advance!

The Ladybirds – Stills From The Blue Bunny Performance Of 1968

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