The cinematic tale of Harrison Marks’ nudist feature Naked as Nature Intended, the iconic film that brought us Pamela Green in her birthday suit. Behind the scenes exclusives and never before seen pictures. The text is taken from Pamela’s unpublished biography. Hardback and Kindle version available. Buy your copy from Amazon

Harrison Marks and Pamela Green in the nudist film Naked as Nature Intended.

Naked as Nature Intended. The Epic Tale of a Nudist Picture. Hardback and Kindle.

 

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La Belle Sauvage by Stephen Glass

A charming picture of La Belle Sauvage taken by Stephen Glass in the mid 1950s. From the orginal negative. Model unknown.

Somewhat of topic, it was around about this time that the publishers Cassell, who were founded in 1852 at La Belle Sauvage Yard, Ludgate Hill, commissioned a nude statue of Princess Pocahontas by David McFall for their new premises at Red Lion Square. This larger than life statue graced the entrance of their headquarters. As Cassell’s fortunes waned the firm moved from their imposing offices on Red Lion Square taking the statue with them. It is thought to have been sold at auction in 1996 to a private collector, which is rather a shame. I think central London could do with a delightful statue of Pocahontas.

Pocahontas was the daughter of the Indian Chief Powhatan. She married John Rolfe, a tobacco planter and travelled to England with her husband in 1616, where she was received as royalty. She captivated the London society. Whilst preparing to return to America, she became ill with smallpox and died in Gravesend, where she is burried, in March 1617.

Pamela Green as Rita Landre on the front cover of Film & Figure magazine, no.12, 1968. I am not sure why this this American magazine merits the subtitle Nude Horizons in Creative Graphics, even after studying all 78 pages, 8 of which were in colour. Unfortunately Pamela Green only features on the cover. There are several contributing photographers besides Harrison Marks such as Russell Gay and Serge Jacques. Released by the same company that published the hippie Jaybird.

Film and Figure Magazine

Rita Landre, aka Pamela Green, on the cover of Film & Figure magazine no. 12, 1968.

 

Roy Pointer

Roy Pointer (1923–2004), the cinematographer of Naked As Nature Intended, with Pamela Green in his arms.

Roy Pointer (1923–2004), the cinematographer of Naked As Nature Intended, carrying Pamela Green in his arms. Taken on the set by Douglas Webb. See the post Lucky Devil for more about Roy or check out the book Naked as Nature Intended: The Epic Tale of a Nudist Picture to find out more about the film.

Nudist Life at Spielplatz, the story of a modern experiment in the art of living by Charles Sennet, with an art supplement of photographs taken at the Hertfordshire nudist resort by Stephen Glass, was published by The Naturist Ltd. in 1956. The 56 page booklet is pretty rare so I was pretty surprised to come across a nice clean copy that I managed to match up with the original negative of the cover image taken by Stephen Glass. As you can see they flipped the image round for the cover. Not sure who the models are and I guess I should do a bit more research into Charles Sennet. If you know any details feel free to email me or post them in the comments.

Photo by Stephen Glass.

Nudist Life at Spielplatz by Charles Sennet. Photographs by Stephen Glass.

A rather delightful rare image of a young Pamela Green getting all Disney with a budgie. As far as I know unpublished. Taken by Stephen Glass at Spielplatz around the early ’50s —  if I’m not mistaken. Pretty sure the bird is stuffed. Taken from the original negative.

A nude Pamela Green with a budgie.

Pamela Green at Spielplatz by Stephen Glass

Photo of Pandora by Joan Craven.

Pamela Green as Pandora by Joan Craven

This picture is a favourite of mine. Pamela Green as Pandora, as photographed by Joan Craven. This was a freelance job while Pamela was working at the London Casino in Old Compton Street. Pamela Green met Joan Craven when she was sent by her agent to Kinocrat House to work for the photographer Walter Bird. Joan Craven shared studios with Walter. Pamela also posed as Circe, the goddess of magic, for Joan — a picture I’ve not yet come across.

For more about Joan read my earlier post Joan Craven (1897-1979)

Shona Craven has started a website dedicated to her great aunt Joan Craven. She is trying to piece together the details of Joan’s life. If you can have any information to share please get in touch with Shona at insearchofjoancraven.wordpress.com

Beauty Queen, Nudist

Mrs. Iseult Kelly — Nudist Beauty Queen of Britain, 1955.

Three judges looked carefully at 30 girls filing past them during a contest to choose the Nudist Beauty Queen of Britain. 23-year-old housewife, Mrs Iseult Kelly, mother of a six-months-old daughter, was chosen the winner. Her parents founded the Spielplatz Nudist Club at Bricket Wood, near Watford, where the contest was held on 1st August 1955. Being a member of Spielplatz, Pamela Green was friends with Iseult. Not sure of the year but Pamela Green once won a Miss Venus contest at the club.

Vicki Martin was the older sister of George’s second wife Vivienne Warren. She died in a car crash in 1955 more of which you can read about here. Thanks to Casper for the following scans.

Vicki Martin, Maharajah of Cooch Behar

Vicki Martin, the unluckiest showgirl dies in car crash number 13.
Daily Mirror Jan. 10th 1955

Vicki Martin, Maharajah of Cooch Behar

Out of Step was a documentary series made by Associated-Rediffusion in 1957. Episodes lasted approximately 15 minutes, and were shown on ITV at 10.30pm on Wednesdays. The series was presented by investigative reporter Dan Farson (who was once patted on the head by Adolf Hitler). In this episode he takes a look at nudism (the term “naturism” had yet to become commonplace). The most humorous part is the objections voiced by the infamous reactionary James Wentworth Day. What is interesting to readers of this blog, however, is that Dan visits Spielplatz Naturist Club in Bricket Wood and interviews Charles Macaskie, Mrs. Macaskie, and their daughter Iseult. It’s claimed the programme was the first showing of naked woman on British television. Way to go Iseult!

Dan Farson also interviewed Gerald Gardner for the series. For more on Gardner, Spielplatz and witchcraft read my earlier post on the subject.

Dan Farson and Iseult Macaskie.

Dan Farson interviewing Iseult at Spielplatz Naturist Club for the TV show Out of Step (1957).

A photo of Pamela Green by Zoltán Glass on the cover of Modelstudier no. 63, vol. 15. Modelstudier was a long standing Danish magazine that was distributed in the States as well as Blighty. Format wise it’s American letter, although I think some issues were smaller and had more pages. From the blurb on the inside cover the aim of the magazine was to “… bring pleasing and clear reproductions of diversified and characteristic models” to artist that “reside beyond the pales of great art centres.” Date unknown, but unlike British magazines of the time pubic hair is clearly visible on some of the photos.

Pamela Green by Zoltán Glass on the cover of Modelstudier

Pamela Green on the cover of Modelstudier no. 63, vol. 15. Photo by Zoltán Glass.

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