“I cursed myself for getting myself into such a dilemma…”

“Mary Lou Smith is my name and, being temporarilty out of work, I turned to the want ads. The ad in the paper looked innocent enough: ‘Wanted, a young girl to assist in scientific experimennts.'”

Thus opens a story called “Captives of the Scientists,” apparently originally published in 1954 by American fetish-meister Irving Klaw (1910-1966) and illustrated by an obscure artist known only as “Mario.” It has a very classic fetish look, and also, another early example of tube girls.

Mary Lou is in for one hell of a time. Our two lady mad scientists deal with one of her companions first.

The scientists weren’t satisfied with the results of the oxygen tests they tried out on Jane, so they created a large vacuum tube for another, more exhaustive test. The secured electrodes to Jane’s wrists, which extended through specially made slots in the sides, wired to recording instruments. Jane was placed in the center of the tube and made to stand on the very tips of her thigh-length, laced boots, while an effective oxygen mast was clamped over her nostrils and mouth, to provide air to keep her from suffocating.

I could only star in wonder, at the rapt attention the two scientists paid to their scientific readings, and I grudgingly paid them a silent compliment a their ingenuity in contriving all those complicated gadgets used in their experiments. I could not speak, for I too was bound and gagged with a contrivance of similar nature waiting for me to be placed in.

Tube girl getting oxygen-deprived, illustration by "Mario."

Then it’s Mary Lou’s turn (so to speak):

They had left off the boots on my costume, and i was glad of that, for the constricting lace boots were mighty uncomfortable after a period of time.

They finished with Jane and moved over to me to start their experiments anew. This time, they strapped me face down to a worm gear driven turn screw in the vacuum tube, with my arms, elbows, thighs, and legs strapped together. As the turn screw started, it gave me a not unpleasant sensation of floating on a cloud, as if I was in an airplane, but the speed quickened. I got a dizzy sensation and if the gag had not been secured tightly, I’d have felt my stomach turn inside out and make the throw up from nausea.

As I whirled around and around, I thought my end had come and, like a drowning person, my life seemed to flash past and in my mind I cursed myself for getting myself into such a dilemma.

The dizziness grew stronger as they turned up the speed, taking notes of my reactions and facial contortions. Just before i blacked ot an unconsciousness crept over me. I saw they will [sic] calmly were taking notes, watching me intently.

Tube girl getting whirled, fetish illustration by "Mario."

If you want to know how it all works out the story is reproduced here. Thanks to Bacchus at Erosblog for the tip on the story.

What won’t they think of next?

Back in July 1960, a men’s magazine called Scamp did a pictorial imagining the tube girl.

First page of a photo essay on "bottle girls" from the July 1960 issue of Scamp.  Model Sue Mapin is depicted.
“It may seem a shame for a beauty like Sue Maupin to bask in a flask, but to the bottle industry it’s a real boon.”

“Bottled beauties, tasteful and decorative and the product is easy to see.” A real example of postwar ingenuity, no?

Second page of Scamp's photo essay on "bottled beautifies."  Models Carol Long, Pat Gregory, and Joyce King are depicted.

“There is a market for them certainly.”

Page three of Scamp's photo essay on "bottle girls.  Models Rita Gianetti and Sui Caution.

The model on the right is hard to identify. Sue Caution? Sui Caution? Siri Caution? Anyway, she’s more of a “cocktail shaker” girl.

“Watch out for that canny canning industry” sound pretty damn ominous if you ask me, even if that is itself an interesting cue to the imagination.

Thanks to Bacchus at Erosblog for the hat-tip on this unusual bit of men’s entertainment.

The whole issue of Scamp for July 1960 is available to read and download at the Internet Archive.

Carbon here, carbon there

Cover of Amazing Stories for July 1943 by Harold W. McCauley.

The dame holding the gun on Harold W. McCauley’s cover for the July 1943 Amazing Stories is more suggestive of crime pulp than science fiction…until we notice what looks surprisingly like a tube girl in the background, suggestive of rather more exotic goings-on.

Virgil Finlay’s interior art is featured in this number, with an appropriately surreal illustration for Alexander Blade’s story “Carbon-Copy Killer.”

Virgil Finlay interior illustration for Alexander Blade's "Carbon-Copy Killer" in Amazing Stories, July 1943.
“Her image was black with death…”

This issue of Amazing Stories is available to read and download from the Internet Archive.

ICUdhara Bespoke Art II: Liquifying Brenda

Brenda from the silent graphic nvelette "Beware the Asylum" is imprisoned in a transparent tube and turned into green goo by the sinister Dr. Vragov.
“Liquifying Brenda,” commissioned by Iago Faustus and done by ICUdhara. Please do not reproduce without the permission of Faustus.

Another example of ICUdhara’s work, in which one of the unfortunate would-be explorers of the abandoned Euphoric State Insane Asylum has been captured by the sinister Dr. Vragov, confined in a transparent tube, and radiated into goo. As with its companion published yesterday, it is available in large size. Right-click to download.

ICUdhara has a DeviantArt site here, and you can also support the artist on Patreon, as I do.

Artist Introduction: ICUdhara

However many of them I discover in my tours of the Internet’s artists’ quarters, it’s always a profound pleasure to discover yet another creator who shares in my curious obsessions.

What have we here? A mad scientist? Tube girls?

That’s Doctor Impressed by an artist working under the name ICUdhara. Does he share any of my other interests? Why yes, there are liquid girls.

That’s Melted Into a Soda. Our heroine doesn’t look all that happy about her transition. We can hope, perhaps, that she will learn to enjoy her new state of being.

Note that both images above were published at DeviantArt under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License, and have been reproduced here with the knowledge and consent of the artist.

ICUdhara has a site on DeviantArt with a lot of art. You can get extra goodies if you support him on Patreon, as I do. If all goes well, you’ll be seeing more of his work here.

Aleksandra Marchocka’s tube girl

A dark-suited tube girl created by artist Alksandra Marchocka.

Tube Girl by Aleksandra Marchocka. This image was commissioned by Iago Faustus and is presented here by agreement between Faustus and the artist.


A delightful tube girl image by Aleksandra Marchocka has an almost cosmic appearance

You can download the whole image in its full resolution by right-clicking and saving.

Aleksandra Marchocka has both a DeviantArt and a professional site, and can be reached on Instagram and Facebook as well.

Another tube girl fan!

It is with pleasure that I learned today that LN Bey, a writer and fan of BDSM and S/M erotica, is also a tube girl fan, and just yesterday contributed a post about the trope, containing both intelligent critical discussion and several of the finer historical examples of the trope (as well as some surprising contemporary ones as well). I encourage you to follow the link above and check it out.

Oh and by the way, LN, here’s one for your enjoyment, spawned from one of your historical examples, but given a contemporary feel by the artist.

Naked girls in tubes subject to fiendish experiments by a mad scientist.  Art by Frans Mensink.

The art is by Frans Mensink, of course and originally appeared here at Erotic Mad Science back in 2014.

Startling Stories’s tube girl

How sharp my regret I don’t have a higher-quality version of this cover, given how it exhibits one of my favorite visual tropes. It was painted by Walter Popp for the August 1953 issue of Startling Stories. Interior art in the issue includes this piece by Ed Emshwiller, illustrating Theodore Sturgeon’s “The Wages of Synergy,” which is about as symbolically representative of Erotic Mad Science as any piece of pulp art I have yet found.

This issue of Startling Stories is available to read and download at the Internet Archive.