The Emperors

The Emperors

Gateway to the World

Gateway to the World

Erotic Postcards of the Early Twentieth Century

Publication Date15th September 2015

Book FormatPaperback

pages96

Illustrations200

Height234

Width165

Author Nigel Sadler explores the history of erotic images through early twentieth-century postcards.
RRP: £14.99 Online Price £13.49
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ISBN
9781445652009

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.

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