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Friday 26 December 2008

Mitchell's 'In Praise of Sailors' - 9

Erotic images featuring sailors were staple fare in the 50’s (35).


Near nudity was permitted.
These pictures are cute,  but in a way they miss the point
 and don‘t covey that essential earthy masculinity (36).

In the UK, the Royale Studio specialised in uniform pictures with S&M flavours exploiting the reputation of the service for harsh and cruel punishments which was probably undeserved (37).

The models in these pictures were supposedly real servicemen. The uniforms were sometimes worn in bizarre combinations but often used very effectively to display male characteristics -like chunky thighs!.


The sado-masochism overtones continue today (38) and I’m not complaining!

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