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Tooting Free Press — Mary Millington screenprint
Tooting Free Press — Mary Millington screenprint - Tangerine Press
  • One edition: 200 numbered copies

Complete with Tooting Free Press banner and retro typeface action, this limited edition screen print reproduces an advertisement featuring iconic 1970s pornstar Mary Millington (1945-79). The black & white advert is taken from an edition of David Sullivan's Playbirds magazine, informing her many fans that the Tooting, south London sex shop and basement cinema would now be her main business address.

A fascinating piece of UK porn history!

Designed by Mick Khartoum and signed & numbered by him in pencil.

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200 Numbered/signed copies

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Dimensions: 297mm wide x 420mm tall (A3) / approx. 12" wide x 16.5" tall.

Screen printed directly onto 250gsm Somerset Satin White Artist Rag. Suitable for framing.

Each print is hand pulled in two colours from a custom made screen by Spike Gascoigne at his Walden Press.

Signed by the designer Mick Khartoum.

Shipped in sturdy cardboard tubes.

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Tooting Free Press is generally considered to be 'the world's first annual newspaper.' By who, we're not quite sure. The content was an eclectic mix of current affairs (both home and abroad); also poetry, short stories, music reviews, cartoons, a 'Spot the War Criminal' competition and occasional gratuitous lies disguised as 'comment'. The only references to Tooting were to do with Mary Millington's life and work in this lively part of south London. TFP ran for three issues only 2012-14.

There are plans for an unprecedented fourth issue in the near future. The sale of these prints is intended to help fund any further issues.

Mary Millington (1945-79) was the most famous pornstar in 1970s Britain. She appeared in all the best known 'adult magazines' of the time and had a starring role in the 1977 film Come Play with Me, alongside legendary British character actress Irene Handl. The film ran for four years — still a British cinema record. Her introduction to 'the industry' came about with her mother's diagnosis with breast cancer in the later 1960s. The idea was to fund her mother's treatment through modelling, all apparently with the blessing of her husband Bob Maxted, whom she had married at the age of 18. At first, she posed for 'Camera Clubs' in and around London, moving on to the better paid photo-spreads in magazines like Knave and Fiesta. This then led to her travelling to Frankfurt and appearing in her first hard-core film Miss Bohrloch (aka Miss Borehole). Other films soon followed, attracting the attention of millionaire porn publisher David Sullivan. The two soon became lovers and Mary appeared in all his magazines such as Whitehouse and Playbirds. Her fan club boasted over a million members — quite an achievement in the pre-internet age. By the late 1970s she had made a number of successful films including Come Play with Me. As a side project, Mr Sullivan suggested she tape some sex stories to sell on cassettes with the magazines. Nigel V was the man for the job… Tangerine Press's connection with Mary is geographical. Her highly successful sex shop was located in Tooting High Street, less than a mile from our studio. At its peak, it was the most profitable independent business in the London Borough of Wandsworth. Sadly, Mary's time in Tooting was relatively short. Following the death of her mother she sank into depression, suffered from drug addiction and debt and being found guilty of a string of petty thefts. She died of an overdose in 1979 at the age of 33.

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