Bettie Page by Sam Menning
Bettie Page by Sam Menning photo circa mid 1950s
Bettie Page photographer Sam Menning was responsible for many
photographs used by Lenny Burtman (Burmel/Selbee), John Willie and many
others. Sam's education ceased at the seventh grade. Like many other
young men during the 1940s, he had dreams of defending his country. At
the age of sixteen, Sam Menning got into the Navy by lying about his
age. Probably not even in his twenties, Sam Menning spent one hellish
Christmas floating around in a lifeboat somewhere in the Pacific Ocean!
Sam would focus on the making his photographs interesting even with a
model like Bettie Page standing before him. That is the reason his
photographs turned out so well and why they are memorable. Sam Menning
had a lingerie store in New York City and supplied the Klaws some with
outfits that Bettie Page wore and even helped them set up a few times.
Sam Menning remembers shooting Bettie Page in 6" heels and a leather
outfit. When you really think about it, Bettie Page with that face of
hers, her feet stuffed in 6" heels, a leather outfit and carrying a whip
is something very powerful.