Health and Efficiency Magazine

When I was a boy there used to be a top shelf magazine called ‘Health and Efficiency’ which showcased people who were committed to naturism and as spotty adolescents with hormones at dangerous levels of overdrive, it was always a thrill to come across a discarded copy of this magazine.  It wasn’t the pursuit of naturism that attracted us of course because we were only really interested in seeing pictures of ladies without their clothes on – although as you can see the always had some clothes on for the front cover picture!

The magazine was first published as long ago as 4th June 1900 (only six months after the death of Queen Victoria, who probably wouldn’t approved of that sort of thing) and I remember now that the photographs were usually of people doing ordinary everyday things but completely naked.

Naked People on a Beach

Some of these activities were completely inappropriate because I am talking about the sort of things that sensible people usually wear their clothes to do, mowing the lawn, driving a tractor, going to the supermarket and playing sports for example.  Honestly, there were often pictures of people shopping at the supermarket, and let’s face it you don’t see that sort of thing every day at Tesco where would you keep your wallet for a start and you wouldn’t want to spend too long at the freezer section because of the danger of frostbite in a very delicate area.  Then there were the happy looking people cooking sausages on a barbeque and you would certainly need your wits about you to do that and avoid serious misfortune and permanent genital damage.

You can still buy the magazine but it isn’t top shelf anymore and I’ve had a look and you can get it on-line as well.  Health and Efficiency.

Here are a couple of questions I’d really like the answer to?  Why don’t super models take all their clothes off and sunbathe naturally?   Once on a beach in Naxos, Greece I came across the worst naturist beach that I have ever found,  I have never seen so much pubic untidiness, it was as though everyone there had a couple of ounces of Old Holborn tobacco stuck in their groin!

Actually that was a good thing about Health and Efficiency because there were never any pubic detail on show because until the mid 1970s this was strictly censored in British publishing.  In retrospect, the most striking thing about the models’ anatomy was that they were completely without pubic hair, or, for that matter, any other details associated with the genital area of the body.

They were as blank as an ancient Greek marble statue in that department, and in pre computer photo editing days, this was achieved by skilful use of an ‘air-brush’ applied directly to the photo before publication.

Bottoms however were ok it seems…

It looks very much to me as though the grass is rather  untidy and would benefit from the same treatment as the pubes!


4 responses to “Health and Efficiency Magazine

  1. I was in the RAF. My mates and I would avidly read(gawk) at all the pics of naked women. Sheer luxury.

  2. i am enquiring about the health and efficiency magazine i have been in one have you any old copies that you can send to me look forward to your prompt reply ll63 5dx thank you

    sheila x

  3. I am a NUDIST living in the BAHAMAS. The FIRST COUPLE who introduced me to the NUDIST LIFESTYLE, an older couple HARRY and RUTHIE KETCHUM were featured in one of the SUMMER 1980 S issues along with LOVELY PHOTOS. I m trying [ without success ] to locate this issue with their photos. Hope you can help me.

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