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These photos come from the mind of Atelier Manassé, a husband and wife team studio. While often humorous they also reflect darker sexual themes of domination and eroticism. They are highly collectable often fetch high prices at auction.

Dangerous Minds has more:

Atelier Manassé was a highly successful photographic studio established by husband and wife team Adorján von Wlássics (1893 – 1946) and Olga Solarics (1896 – 1969) in Austria in 1924—though some sources cite 1922.

Principally based in Vienna—with a smaller office in Berlin—the studio flourished during the 1920s and 1930s. It was known for producing highly flattering portrait photography of film, theater and cabaret stars. It could be said Adorján and Olga were the airbrush pioneers of their day—artfully painting out any blemishes or wrinkles and reducing the unsightly flab from legs and waists. The resulting photographs were mass produced and sold to fans as much sought after postcards.

But Atelier Manassé did not just specialise in lucrative publicity photographs—it also produced a vast array of erotica. In particular Olga dedicated herself to producing highly original nude photography which is credited with establishing the “pin-up” long before Playboy magazine. But Olga’s work was far superior and far more influential than any cheesecake photography—it drew on many avant garde ideas and cherry-picked styles from Surrealism and Expressionism. More importantly, Olga’s photography presented liberated images of women—relishing their own sexuality, their own bodies and their power of seduction.

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h/t Dangerous Minds

h/t Frank T. Zumbach’s Mysterious World.