Seated woman in lingerie and garters, smoking cigarette. Those wanting the photographic contraband could also purchase them discretely in local stores and tobacco shops, or purchase them from street vendors. Erotic postcards were the pornography of the late s and early s. French influence The French pioneered erotic photography producing nude postcards that became the subject of an officers letter to President Abraham Lincoln after they were found in the possession of US troops according to An Underground Education by Richard Zacks. Journals with no new volumes being added to the archive. In an attempt to legislate morality, the U. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
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The ancient Greeks and Romans produced much art and decoration of an erotic nature, much of it integrated with their religious beliefs and cultural practices. National Gallery of Art. Both the models and the photographers were commonly from the working class, and the artistic model excuse was increasingly hard to use. The loves of classical gods, especially those of Jupiter detailed in Ovid provided many subjects where actual sex was the key moment in the story, and its depiction was felt to be justified.
In the late s, magazines began to move into more explicit displays often focusing on the buttocks as standards of what could be legally depicted and what readers wanted to see changed. In , Louis Daguerre presented the first practical process of photography to the French Academy of Sciences. Government Printing Office, , Julian Mandel possibly a pseudonym became known in the s and s for his exceptional photographs of the female form.
The Journal of Sport History seeks to promote the study of all aspects of the history of sport. Many photographs from this era are damaged; Bellocq, for instance, frequently scratched out the faces of his sitters to obscure their identities. This small portable device made nude photography in secluded parks and other semi-public places easier. New Year's Day Postcards. Franz Liszt postcard Some people tried very hard to stop—or at least slow—such changes.