Three judges looked carefully at 30 girls filing past them during a contest to choose the Nudist Beauty Queen of Britain. A 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.
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 off a 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.
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 the 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 passed away five years ago today. To mark the occasion I’ve selected a photo to post from her personal collection. It is a rather fun photo with a certain amount of joie de vivre to remember her by. I’m afraid I don’t know much about it other than it was probably taken in between 1948 and 1951. No idea who the photographer is or her two friends. If you have any idea please let me know. The garden looks to formal to be the naturist camp at Spielplatz.
Pam’s Book of Condolences is still up at www.pamela-green.co.uk/condolences
Another rare photo of a young Pamela Green, probably taken on the badminton court at Spielplatz in the early 1950s. As far as I know unpublished. Anyone know how to string a racquet?
Other than issue 13 of Solo in 1958, the only magazine dedicated to Pamela Green’s alter ego Rita Landre that I know of is Bosomy Beauties, no. 18. It was released by Phoebe Publishers of New York. Date unknown. 32 black and white pages long, twenty-three of them featured Rita. In actual fact, some of them are of Pam in her short red hair phase and not actually Rita.
What I find amusing that even with a title like Bosomy Beauties the publishers still felt the need to pretend the book was an aid to the artists. And I quote…
“This book is presented as an aid to the artist, photographer, model and physical culture student. It is designed to enable him to further pursue his studies of the human figure — the fundamental basis of all fine art. It is the honest and sincere purpose of this and all of our similar publications to capture the fixed lighting, lines, contour and defined shadows in order to assist the artist in making good and authentic reproductions and to aid the model in the learning of new and varied poses.
The primary purpose we have in mind is to inspire both the professional and serious amateur by offering the finest photographic techniques available as a guide to what can be done with a camera, film — and a little patience.”
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, so here is a special treat. An ultra rare photo of a young Pamela Green, taken in the mid-’50s. As you can see she has raided the dressing up box and gone for a Spanish outfit. On the left-hand side, one can catch the reflection of the man holding the lamp. I’ve not seen this photo or any other pictures from the session anywhere else. Have you?
Back in 2012 I wrote a post about Stanley Long (1933-2012) that mentioned Desiree and Pierre. Here’s another picture of that double act. Beside Beauty and the Beast, Desiree was well known for such acts as Devil and the Virgin and Apache. Often billed as Mille Desiree or Delicious Desiree, she appeared on the stage of such London clubs as the Casino De Paris and Raymond’s Revue Bar. She also worked at clubs up North and in Europe. I’ve been told her real name was Cynthia Keene and that she came from Blackpool… not Hamburg. If anyone can verify the above much appreciated.
On the left Kamera, no. 40, by Kamera Publications, 1961 and on the right Pagan, no. 3, by Caballus Publications, date unknown. Both magazines feature Pamela Green on the cover dressed as Princess Sonmar Harricks on the set of the 8mm film Gypsy Fire — Sonmar Harricks being an anagram of Harrison Marks. The internal pages are completely different.