Ample Annie's Treasure Chest
For two decades leading up to yesterday, when I finally Googled her, I had mistakenly remembered Miss Annie Ample as “Ample Annie.” As in Ample Annie's Treasure Chest, a saddle-stitched booklet of esoteric objects so bizarre and intriguing to my eleven-year-old mind that I can still recall the nervous tingle of surveying its well-thumbed pages back in the eighties.
Implements and contraptions, pouches and slings, tubes and spheres, potions and lotions, powders and pills, ointments and oils, creams, masks, boots, gloves, diagrams and detailed depictions of startling things. Plus the incredible Pocket Pussy Pal. Strangest single item I'd ever seen.
Turns out that the Treasure Chest was merely a mail-order sex catalog that my boyhood friend had lifted, presumably from his folks, and squirreled away in his bedroom for quiet study. The product selection was probably rather pedestrian and low-tech by today's standards. In fact, a friend sitting with me now would like us all to know that the Pussy Pal of yor has yielded to a novel crotch-emulator called The Flesh Light. She hasn't seen one up close so I'll leave it to you people to investigate further as you like.
The boy who introduced me to Ample Annie's Treasure Chest was the same precocious youngster who tempted us with the naked Hades-harlot in Suckle Me, Succubus. And it was on his television that I saw Angie Dickinson's mystical, magical soap-lathered breasts in Dressed to Kill, a psycho-sexual thriller that provided the first TV sex content I ever watched. I vaguely remember a taxicab scene in which a guy rips off Angie's undies and I thought, Geez, do we get to do that?
So this neighborhood kid -- who eventually became an attorney and married a New Orleans stripper -- was the first source of sexually-explicit material in my youth. Did you all have someone specific who opened your eyes to these things? Not your first sexual experience, per se, but your first experience of erotic media. Was it a sibling? Was it the neighborhood troublemaker? Was there a girl who led the pack? Was it YOU who discovered and spread the gospel to your peers? Also I was wondering if you have lucid visual memories of the content...
P.S. I couldn't find an image of the Treasure Chest, just this 1984 cover photo of Her Highness the Queen Mam(s).