Houston woman calls her vintage erotica collection ‘naughty, not porn’

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HOUSTON, TX-- Gloria Proctor has always been a collector. She tried selling off some of her stuff at a flea market once but had a hard time parting with anything.

Eight years ago, though, her collecting took a naughty turn. Her then boyfriend offered her a set of photos that were his dad's. They featured a young woman in various states of undress. Cheesecake shots, if you will. That fired up Gloria's collecting bug, and she started compiling as much vintage erotica as she could find from estate sales, antique shops and eBay.

"I have things as early as the '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s and '60s," Proctor explains at her Galleria-area home. "I don't really like newer items 'cause the old stuff is really the fun thing to find."

Her collection of more than 500 pieces includes everything from off-color postcards and burlesque photos from every era to hand-sewn linens featuring ladies in risqué poses. There are plenty of sex-related books she claims she's never read and a bookcase full of old cheesecake pulp magazines with headlines like "10 Ways to Enjoy Your Girl!" and "The Way They Play in Paris."

While you might expect only men to have a collection like hers, Gloria says you'd be wrong. "Actually, a lot of women collect it, and I found that out through my antique dealer friends," she says. "And here I am. Here's proof!"

But don't look for any modern-day Hustler or Playboy magazines among Gloria's bawdy treasures. That, she says, would be porn, and that's not what she collects. "No, it's vintage erotica! Naughty, off-color."

Gloria, 62, hopes to retire in the next two years and wants to open a sex museum with her erotica collection. That way other people can enjoy it as much as she does. "I would like to do something in Montrose," she says, "but I don't know if there's a place that would let me do that in Houston." Chances are good, someone would. After all, sex sells.

For more on Gloria Proctor's titillating treasures, check out this month's Houstonia.