A steaming hot pile of smut confiscated by the Feds in Baltimore, 1955.
Arranged for show and tell, the Soloday operation was run by two smutsters who combined forces, one Herman Solomon, a photographer working on the fringe of Times Square, and William Daymont. Hence, Soloday. Solomon took pinup photos on the West Coast until he was arrested, he picked his hobby up again when moving to West 49th Street in Manhattan. He found his models in “night clubs and burlesque houses” according to Robert Blair, Assistant United States attorney in Baltimore. After being busted, records indicated the team sent 291 shipments of photographs to some 50 cigar stands and novelty stores around the country.”
(Source: Vintage Sleaze)
Shiv features eleven prisoner-made weapons from the collection of Chris Kasabach and Vanessa Sica. These shivs were confiscated in the 1980s at Rahway (today known as East Jersey State Prison), a notorious maximum-security home to over 1,500 inmates serving 25 years to life. A short essay and list of materials follow the shiv photographs (shown at their actual size). Hidden along the spine is the story of Thomas Doswell, a man set free from prison after 20 years for a rape he did not commit. 8.25” x 11.25”, 16 pages, stitch-bound with letterpressed slipcover.