Monday, August 4, 2014

K Club Special (Part 11) - Colleen Corby (Part 2)

Well, it's time for another K Club Special post on Colleen Corby.  She is probably the best known of the catalog models of 70s because of her extensive modeling appearances in magazines like Seventeen during the 60s.  She was a heroine to millions of girls during that time.

In some ways, since there are so many pics and websites of her out there, it is easy to find material.  So you would think it would be easy to do a post featuring her.  However, in some ways it is more difficult, because it's tough to come up with original material.  So in this post, I'll try to have pics that are not already out here on the web.  No guarantees there, but I'll give it a shot....

Here is a really nice pic of her from a Seventeen mag in 1969.  It was part of an article on "models without makeup."  Just like today, there seemed to be a fascination with that subject.

Another pic from the same article.  Here Colleen is playing backgammon.  Remember that game?  It was super popular back when I was in college.  I haven't seen it played by young people in a long time.  I guess they are too busy with "World of Warcraft."

Another teen mag with Colleen on the cover.  She was on literally every other cover of those mags during the 60s.  Note the title "For Sophisticated Teens".  Somehow I doubt that would be a selling point with teens these days.   (R-eblogged from Okay, so much for original material, I tried)

Yes, she was everywhere.  Here is a Noxzema commercial commercial featuring her.
Thanks Blue Senshi for the video!  You have to love those old commercials.  They had a certain vibe to them that is lacking today.

Of course, we're going to get to some catalog pics......

Classic Colleen poses.  You also have to love the title "..turns out great performers."

Ahh, the early 70s.  A time where the psychedelic colors of the 60s gave way to more earthen tones.  Here they are trying to hype them up, nice try.  Also we have Kathy Jackson and Cay Sanderson in this pic.  Yes, their names begin with a hard K sound also, so I suppose they belong in the "K Club" also.  I'll be sure to do some specials on them in the future.

A very nice pic of Colleen. (courtesy of JJ's Playhouse).  She had that ability to pierce one's soul with those eyes!

Colleen is one of our four original "K Club" members along with Kathy, Kay, and Karen.    They often appeared together in the Big Book catalogs of the 70s.

However, it is pretty rare to find a pic of all four of them together (and I've never found a pic of just those four together).  Here is an pic from an Aldens catalog with Kathy and Kay.  But what about Karen?

Ahh, yes!  Here is Karen along with Colleen.

And here we have Karen, Colleen, and Kay together.  Yep, the "Longer Look" signaled the end of the mini-skirt era.  This was not a good thing.

More earth tone clothes of the early 70s.  Still Kathy and the other gals seem happy.  Well except for Colleen.  She's not smiling, but who can blame her with those knee-high white socks.  (Thanks to Blue Senshi for the pic)

An interesting note.  Yesterday (August 3rd) was Colleen's birthday.  I didn't really plan to have a post featuring her so close to her birthday.  I found out about her birthday date after I had already scheduled  several months of posts, so it just kind of worked out that way!


  1. Love this post! There were several photos of Colleen that I had never seen, but the Aldens catalog was not present in our home like Sears and JC Penney which were almost as important as the Bible. I really like the photo of Kathy, Kay and Colleen, such beautiful models.

    1. We didn't get the Aldens catalog either. It's a great source of Kathy pics, but not so much for Colleen. We also had the Sears and Penneys catalogs in our house. In small towns across the plains, they were like gold because one could see what was happening in the big cities! Every small town had a Sears outlet which was just a small little storefront, usually downtown. When you ordered something out of their catalog, it would ship there to be picked up. Sears really pioneered the mail order catalog in the early 1900s by reaching out to the remote farming communities. That business model worked for a long time. Penneys we considered to be higher class (not sure why). Perhaps because we had to take a trip to the big city (OkC) to shop there.