This week, Diary of a Nudist has scans of early-1950s cover art from Sunshine & Health, a magazine published by the American Sunbathing Association, the predecessor to the present-day American Association for Nude Recreation.
Apart from the unattired folks in the photos, a couple of things caught my eye:
- ASA sold S&H for fifty cents in these years. Around that same time, a less-controversial magazine like Life sold for only twenty cents. (The current AANR Bulletin, published in tabloid-newspaper format, is not sold on newsstands at all.)
- At the top center of the S&H logo, there’s a woman with very long hair with a speedy-looking dog, possibly a whippet too short to be a greyhound, I think on a leash.
I puzzled over that for a moment, then decided it was an ASA bid for respectability: what could be more mainstream than a woman taking her dog out for a run? (Despite this, your work filters may go berserk if you follow the link.)