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Sunshine and Health


Nudism, or naturism, is the practice of going nude or unclothed in social and usually mixed gender groups, specifically in cultures where this is not the norm. It sometimes occurs furtively in secluded places in countries where appearing naked in public is illegal, but enjoys widespread acceptance in other areas of the world. Those who practice nudism are called nudists or naturists. Some people believe that being naked with other people is necessarily always sexual, or that nudism is morally wrong or pornographic. Naturists generally reject these views. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nudism [Dec 2004]

Nudie Pictures [...]

In the early 1950s the only open cinematic displays of nudity were in naturist (nudist camp) quasi-documentary films. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nude#Nudity_in_the_media [Oct 2004]

Sunshine and Health

Prior to 1958, when nudist magazines were still considered obscene in America, a District Court offered its own spectacular definition of obscenity. Declaring (after necessarily close inspection) a photograph in the Sunshine and Health magazine to be "obscene", it stated:

The woman has large elephantine breasts that hang from her shoulders to her waist. They are exceedingly large. The thighs are very obese. She is standing in the snow in galoshes. But the part which is offensive, obscene, filthy and indecent is the pubic areas shown. The hair extends outwardly virtually to the hip bone. (6)

While the reasoning seems obscure -- is it the pubic hair that makes the photograph obscene or its extension to the hip bone? -- one cannot escape the impression that elephantine breasts, obese thighs, and last but not least, galoshes were additional factors in this judicial condemnation.


(6) Richard S. Randall, Censorship of the Movies, 1970 (4) Randall

--Film As a Subversive Art (1974) - Amos Vogel

The Nudist

Shortly thereafter he [Reverend Ilsley Boone] founded the International Nudist Conference (INC) and published the first illustrated nudist magazine, The Nudist, in 1933. The Nudist was a successful magazine that could be found at newsstands across the nation. The controversy of the magazine drew a lot of public attention to the nudist movement, again. A few years later he changed The Nudist's title to the less confrontational Sunshine and Health. --Corey Mangold, http://www.clothesfree.com/history.html [Dec 2004]

They began by joining the Illinois nudist camp owned by Alois Knapp, a German Nacktkulturist and editor of Reverend Ilsley "Uncle Danny" Boone's Sunshine and Health magazine. Boone's original magazine, The Nudist, debuted in 1933, just about the time young Connie was learning to swim. It was a serious, philosophical magazine, much like the early German journals, but America was not Germany, and to keep his distribution Boone was forced to obscure the genitals in his photographs. A few years later he changed The Nudist's title to the less confrontational Sunshine and Health, but the airbrush stayed busy. --http://www.taschen.com/pages/en/excerpts/sex/show/3/15.htm [Dec 2004]

Naked as a Jaybird (2002) - Dian Hanson

Naked as a Jaybird (2002) - Dian Hanson [FR] [DE] [UK]

About the Author
Dian Hanson served her country in the sexual revolution, where she developed an interest in erotic publishing. She was one of the founding editors of Puritan Magazine in 1976 and went on to edit Partner, Oui, Hooker, Outlaw Biker, and Juggs magazines, among others. In 1987 she took over Leg Show magazine and transformed it into the world’s largest selling fetish publication. She considers herself an erotic anthropologist: the magazines and their readers her laboratory and test subjects.

Product Description:
If you missed the Jaybird revolution the first time around, don’t get left by the wayside now! Find out what inspired John and Yoko to take their clothes off!

The year was 1965, the place was southern California. Public nudity was illegal and nude photography was, in the eyes of the government, pornography (unless practiced in the conservative confines of a nudist camp or tastefully displayed on the pages of a nudist magazine).

A new brand of nudism, however, was on the rise among hippies and other free-spirited individuals who loved nothing more than to peel off their clothes and lounge around in their birthday suits.

Jaybird magazine, a celebration of groovy nudism, was born out of this tumultuous climate, hovering in a gray area somewhere between the decent nudist magazines and porn. Over its eight-year life span, Jaybird (appearing under many titles, such as "Jaybird Happening" and "Women’s Home Jaybird") grew from a standard family nudist journal to a far-out, psychedelic happening of naked hippies frolicking in wacky settings-preferably showing as much pubic hair as possible. Though the tone of the magazine evolved, the philosophy stayed the same: nudity is natural and fun for all.

These days, issues of Jaybird are impossible-to-find collectors’ items, Technicolor testaments to a bygone era of free love and pubic pride. But not to worry-TASCHEN has resurrected Jaybird with this highly amusing, lavishly illustrated, sweeping retrospective of the magazine that let it all hang out. --via Amazon.com

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