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Nudist Magazines of the 50's and 60's, Book 4 (Nudist Magazines of the '50s & '60s) Hardcover


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Elysium Growth Press
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555990533
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555990534
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,689,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is not a "social history" of mid-20th century nudist magazines, but is instead a sampler: the book contains reprints of actual articles that appeared in the various magazines of this type. Strange as it may seem to anyone under 40, there was a time when photos of full frontal nudity were equated with the vilest pornography. For the first 15 years or so of its existence (until about 1970), neither Playboy magazine nor any of its imitators printed photos containing visible pubic hair. Though never attaining the social acceptability of National Geographic (or even coming close), the nudist magazines of this era filled much the same niche: providing male readers with photos of nude females in a non-sexual, non-pornographic context, that, for the most part, successfully thwarted the efforts of vice squads and the plethora of self-appointed censors.
Generally, these magazines accurately portrayed nudist life. Again, the under-40 crowd may not be aware that traditional nudist/naturist establishments were NOT similar to the clothing-optional resorts which abound now, which in many cases are little more than "swingers' clubs." Rather, they were (and are) self-styled health resorts where overt sexuality was forbidden.
On the other hand, the magazines understandably were designed more to promote the lifestyle then to portray it accurately. "Exhibit A" in support of my statement has to be the preponderance of females in the photos. Those who have engaged in any sort of "clothing optional" activity are aware that males constitute about 55-60% of the participants (while in the Bible Belt and other less-enlightened areas, the disparity is even higher). Yet, the overwhelming number of photos in these magazines are of women, typically under 40.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
Lange is the master , though he did not know it of the fifties and sixties. His families are luminous, the fathers strong and the mothers loving,,, and the kids.....just beautiful. Nature at its best.True beautiful nakedness before the age of the far right. Buy this book now.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
Lange has been and always was the only man with a camera in the 50's and 60's who knew what beauty he was really a part of. Familes , young kids in the beautiful sun, splashes of blue pools on tan bodies. This is the way Eden was and he knew his now old picutres would save for us the old freedom of familes naked from the rightest crazies of today. Like the poet Swinburn said" im running backwards as fast as I can" meaning back to youth and for him nakedness and freedom Thank you Ed Lange.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 2000
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This is not a "social history" of mid-20th century nudist magazines, but is instead a sampler: the book contains reprints of actual articles that appeared in the various magazines of this type. Strange as it may seem to anyone under 40, there was a time when photos of full frontal nudity were equated with the vilest pornography. For the first 15 years or so of its existence (until about 1970), neither Playboy magazine nor any of its imitators printed photos containing visible pubic hair. Though never attaining the social acceptability of National Geographic (or even coming close), the nudist magazines of this era filled much the same niche: providing male readers with photos of nude females in a non-sexual, non-pornographic context, that, for the most part, successfully thwarted the efforts of vice squads and the plethora of self-appointed censors.
Generally, these magazines accurately portrayed nudist life. Again, the under-40 crowd may not be aware that traditional nudist/naturist establishments were NOT similar to the clothing-optional resorts which abound now, which in many cases are little more than "swingers' clubs." Rather, they were (and are) self-styled health resorts where overt sexuality was forbidden.
On the other hand, the magazines understandably were designed more to promote the lifestyle than to portray it accurately. "Exhibit A" in support of my statement has to be the preponderance of females in the photos. Those who have engaged in any sort of "clothing optional" activity are aware that males constitute about 55-60% of the participants (while in the Bible Belt and other less-enlightened areas, the disparity is even higher). Yet, the overwhelming number of photos in these magazines are of women, typically under 40.
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