BETTIE PAGE, FBI AGENT
Queen of the pin-ups Bettie Page enlisted by Feds in interstate vice case.
The 1950s model known for her innocent looking bondage pics helped federal agents probe the production of "flagellation and bondage pictures."
The NY Office of the FBI contacted Page in 1957 after operatives raided a Harlem, New York apartment which revealed a hidden hoard of pornographic mags, lurid B&W photos, wooden paddles, a riding crop, a whip and WORSE!
According to bureau files recently made public under a Freedom of Information request, the Feds wanted to know if the apartment had been used as the photo studio where the obscene material was produced.
In a memo sent to then FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover, Page said she "had never heard of that type of photography being made in Harlem."
Page also confirmed, in the FBI memo that the "flagellation and bondage pictures that she had posed for" were shot "in photographic studios or photographers apartments" -- similar to those she did for Irving and Paula Klaw who built an empire from Bettie's provocative posing.
The FBI evidence including "two books and four pictures depicting Betty Page in various poses" was immediately shipped to Washington for "examination".