8mm loops were the sexual underground. They were sold under the counter in adult bookstores or by shady peddlers and selling or possessing them was a crime back in the day. The loops usually came in white boxes: b&w was one price, color was a higher price. A film like this could cost $20 to $100 per loop...and that's '60s and '70s money! And you never knew what you were getting. Later the loops would be labeled with names like "Pretty Girls," "Golden Girls," etc. Most of these loops had no titles as after repeated playing the film would get worn and simply break off: they would just start with hardcore sex or get down to it after a minute or so of plot. Common plots were doctor/patient, boss/secretary, hitchhikers being picked up, etc., with darker plots showcasing hardcore S&M, bondage, rape and other twisted shit. Some recognizable stars appeared in these things, too. Porn legends like Vanessa Del Rio, Sandy Dempsey, Rene Bond, Seka, Suzanne Fields, Jamie Gillis, Mark Stevens, Tina Russell, and John Holmes all cut their teeth in the industry doing these loops. I have hand-picked 20 loops out of the 42P archives. This first installment is all color and has something for everyone, unless your tastes are really fuckin' out there. Call it a pornucopia of sorts, and a salute as well, to that 42nd Street mainstay, Blackjack Books - a place that retained that old Times Square squalor right up until it was closed.
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