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Erotic Postcards of the Early Twentieth Century

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At the dawn of photography photographers had no limits. Using the traditional styles employed by past masters in their paintings of the naked human form, the postcards demonstrate that early twentieth-century photographers appreciated and respected the female form, offering more than just mere titillation.

Through this book Nigel Sadler explores changes in social attitudes, fashions and technology through the medium of erotic postcards.

As demand grew for these postcards the pretence that they were fine art was soon lost and hundreds of thousands of images became available showing women in varying degrees of undress. In Britain these images were illegal and the trade in them was hidden. These cards were often sold ‘under the counter’ in tobacconists, newsagents and book shops and there were court cases brought against shop owners under obscenity laws.

This book looks at the different styles ranging from the partly clad to full nude and the different genre including risqué, ethnographic and the developing interest in naturism.

Book ISBN 9781445652009

Book Format Paperback

pages 96 pages

Publication Date 15 Sep 2015

Height 235

Width 165

Illustrations 200

Regular Price: £14.99

Special Price: £13.49

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