Art Studies 100 Years Ago Were as Daring as Today’s

Art Studies 100 Years Ago Were as Daring as Today’s
This entry is part 19 of 32 in the series CheeseCake Pinup Magazine - 1953

Wow. What an interesting 1950s perspective on the history of nude photography! This short article asserts that “by the 1850s, cheesecake was in good supply, with even comely Indian maidens from the Reservations posing happily”, and that nude and figure photography didn’t really start until the 1850s with the stereotype; but the original photos of Louis Daguerre in 1839 show a bas relief of a nude.

The accompanying pictures include 3 “unusual photos taken about 80 years ago” (so sexy pictures from c. 1870). The full color photo is a realistic modern figure study by Jules Alexander, of a nude woman posed next to an electric fruit slicer.

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Jessica Kay Murray

Professional WordPress nerd. Lover of all things older than me. I am fascinated by early 1900s labor and feminist history, and have a sporadic addiction to reading nonfiction about those things on I scan old photographs and ephemera when I get really super bored. On Etsy I sell vintage clothing that I got as part of an interesting trade deal a few years ago.

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