Whippet good

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:

    Detail from Sunshine and Health Magazine logo

  • 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.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    8 December 2010 · 3:09 pm

    Italian greyhounds are smaller than standard greyhounds. Not sure if they were fashionable dogs back then or not.

  2. CGHill »

    8 December 2010 · 3:35 pm

    I know people with IGs. They’re smaller than whippets, even; the American Kennel Club considers them toys.

  3. McGehee »

    8 December 2010 · 5:38 pm

    I have at least one cat that would probably consider them toys.

  4. Greg Hlatky »

    10 December 2010 · 10:04 am

    Whippet, definitely. Too small for a Greyhound, too big for an IG.

  5. CGHill »

    10 December 2010 · 10:26 am

    Well, there you have it, from a man who knows his sighthounds. :)

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