George Harrison Marks launched Kamera in 1957 and was published with a cover price of 2/6 (Around £2.75 at today’s prices). The original print run of 15,000 copies sold out within two days of the launch, so an immediate reprint had to be ordered. Again that sold out in days and, in all, over 150,000 copies of issue No.1 were sold in the first five weeks.
The photographs reproduced in Kamera were retouched, where necessary, to disguise any sign of the model’s pubic hair or genitals, in order to try and avoid the danger of falling foul of the British obscenity law, which was pretty ambiguous in those days. This was the case throughout the 12 years that the publication of Kamera spanned. The reader could have been forgiven for thinking that all the models had shaved off their pubic hair. In fact probably less than half of them had.
Some of the models who appeared in Kamera – June Palmer, Paula Page, Lorraine Burnett, Vicky Kennedy, Marie Devereaux, Pat Rose and Rosa Dolmai – like Pamela Green, went on to become celebrities in their own right.
1958 appears to have been the peak year for Kamera, when, the full 12 monthly issues were produced. In 1959 there were 11, there were 9 issues in 1960, 7 in 1961 and in 1962 only 6 issues seemed to have been produced. For 1963 through 1967 output was back to around eight.*
The success of Kamera also spawned the creation of a Kamera Calendar each year. The Calendars themselves became very popular and were regularly found hung up in garage waiting rooms, restrooms and workshops and today are sought after by avid collectors.
* Text modified from Harrison Marks Official Website
Clicking the images below will show you a larger image of the cover, the text link underneath will take you to pages of that Kamera edition that have already been published. Unfortunately I have some gaps in the later editions, so there are no working links, but they will be updated as I get copies.
(Margaret Nolan &
Born in 1944 of Irish parents and raised in Hampstead, London. After changing her name to Vicky Kennedy she quickly found work with Harrison Marks, who was already established as the top glamour photographer in the country and through his publications Vicky Kennedy, along with June Palmer and Pamela Green, became very popular the world over and appeared in numerous publications for Marks and others.
Vicky, with her fantastic 41.24.36 figure, her blue eyes, blonde hair and pouting lips was the perfect fantasy in the magical Harrison Marks formula and along with appearances in such magazines as Parade she became much sought after for her glamour work.
Entering films in 1963, but 1964 saw her catapulted into the James Bond Film Goldfinger (1964) in the role of ‘Dink’, she was also ‘The golden girl’ in the title credits sequence.
Her roles in the “Carry On…” films is probably her best remembered work in cinema. Often cast mainly for her fabulous buxom figure and good looks, Margaret was perfectly cast in Carry on Girls (1973), and went on to make six more “Carry On…” films in various minor roles involving Bosoms!
Modelling Aliases: Margaret Nolan – Aliases Vicki, Vikki or Victoria Kennedy & Francesca
Date of Birth: August 1 1943/4
Eye Colour: Blue/Green
Hair Colour (Natural): Blonde
Hair Colour (Dyed): Red
Serge Jacques – by Gilles Neret (Taschen Verlag, Cologne 1988)
She Walks in Beauty (1966) – Hardback book of Harrison Marks Studies
Adam – Vol.8 No.6 (June 1964)
Adam – Vol.9 No.6 (June 1965)
Beauty of the Month – No.17, ‘Fair Francesca’
Best For Men (mid 1960’s)
Champagne – Two editions & Harrison Marks Reprints
Connoisseur’s Choice and Modelling Review
Escort February (1967)
Eve Vol.1 No.7 June 1963
Fiesta Special Collectors Edition: Top Glamour Models of the 50’s. Harrison Marks Reprints
Flirt ‘n Skirt Extra
Follies de Paris et Hollywood – Many issues
French Follies Vol.1 No.22
Girl Illustrated Volume.3 No.29
Just Vicky – Nostalgia Publications reprints of Harrison Marks’ Pictures
Kamera: No’s 48, 50, 58, 63, 64, 66, 71, 75 & 76
Kamera Classics 1. Nostalgia Publications. Harrison Marks Reprints
Kamera Classics 4. Nostalgia Publications. Harrison Marks Reprints
Kamera Special No 3
Knight (USA) including 1966 Knight Calendar
Leg Show also published as Legs From London No 7
Mayfair. Edition not known
Midnight -vol 4 No 2 (US – Parliament Productions, late 1960s)
Mirage No’s 5, 9, 11 & 13
Pagan 12. Harrison Marks Reprints
Parade – Many including Covers
Parade/Escort June. (Year not known)
QT No.56, 63 & 68
QT 59 – (cover, feature and centrefold)
Revue/Studio – Copenhagen
Scarlet – Vol.1 No.5 (July 1963) Shocking Stockings – Vol.1 No.1
Solo 27 (As Margaret Nolan)
Topper (late 1960s)
Trojan (mid 1960s)
Venus Glamour Films Magazine
Sky Bandits (1986)
That’s Carry On (1977)
Carry On Dick (1974)
Carry On Girls (1973)
No Sex, Please – We’re British (1973)
Carry On Matron (1972)
Carry On Henry (1971)
Carry On at Your Convenience (1971)
Matthew Hopkins: Witchfinder General (1968)
Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River (1967) (With Molly Peters)
Great St. Trinian’s Train Robbery, The (1966)
Enchanted Night, The (Made for TV) (1966)
Promise Her Anything (1965)
Trois chambres à Manhattan (1965)
Bikini Paradise (1965)
Carry On Cowboy (1965)
Ferry Cross the Mersey (1965)
Beauty Jungle, The (1964)
Hard Day’s Night, A (1964)
Saturday Night Out (1963)