An early Christmas present to myself arrived today 🙂 Consecutive copies of Kamera from No.70 through to the last edition at No.89. All are in very good condition considering they are 50 years old, the pages are clean,crisp and flat with no fading and the colour on the covers as you can see is very good as well.
Very pleased with my purchase and it fills a big gap in my collection of the later Kamera editions, which surprisingly are harder to come by than some of the earlier ones! This little lot also features some of my favourite models such as Barbara Halks, Hyldagarde (Hilde Beck), Velma Loftus and June Palmer of course! This should keep me busy scanning on the run up to Christmas and it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it! Not that I mind staring at pages of naked women each day 🙂
I also have some duplicates, so look out for those being sold off to help my addiction in the near future! The duplicates are No.70, 80, 81, 86, 87 and No.88 if anyone is interested and wants to make me a reasonable offer?
Elaine Desmond in Nice Headdress From Kamera No.52 (1963)
Lorraine on The Cover of Kamera Sporting Short Blonde Hair, One of the Many Styles Over Her Career!
Full Frontal! Well Almost Apart From the Airbrushed Lower Regions!
Another frontal View, This Time Sat!
Julie From a Restored Harrison Marks Slide and One of the Lesser Known Harrison Marks Models That Appeared in Kamera and In Focus Magazines
Cover & Colour Pages of Kamera No.18 Featuring Pamela Green & June Simpson in a Conservatory or Green House!
Vera Novak Posing in Kamera No.56 (1964) Around The Outside & Gardens of Ewhurst Manor House, Hertfordshire and in the Studio.
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.
Harrison Marks with Rosa Dolmai & Lorraine Burnett
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
Kamera Calendar & Specials
Kamera No.44 Cover Featuring From Back to Front, Jackie Salt, Angela Jones & Petrina Forsythe
Posing on the Beach – (Left to Right) Bridget Leonard, Jackie Salt, Pamela Green, Angela Jones & Petrina Forsythe
Jackie Salt’s Lovely Bum & Angela Jones Between Her Legs! This Shot Also Appears in The Harrison Marks Book ‘She Walks in Beauty’ (Page 21)
Posing Legs Apart on The Beach – (Front to Back) Pamela Green, Jackie Salt, Angela Jones, Petrina Forsythe & Bridget Leonard