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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).
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(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).
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(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).
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(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!.

(38)

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

Continued
Read this series from episode 1

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