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Lance, actually, the painting would be more embarassing than a photo.

A photo takes a split second to record. A painting is presumed to have been sat for, which requires multiple "nakedings" of the subject (which is also why the DVD situation was set up as the artist's conception).

Kevin Wolf

Lance, I knew that was one of your favorite shows, but wow.

Anyway, I think actor212 hits on an important point re the working methods of a painter and the time it would take to paint the picture.

All I can think, for my part, is that the general atmosphere in 1961 or so was less sophisticated than we imagine. I have a book called Best Cartoons of 1962, being a collection of magazine cartoons from various sources. (Can't lay my hands on it just at the moment, so no details.) Magazine cartoons of the era relied very heavily on naked lady jokes, or at least lots of boobs. Cocktail waitresses, secretaries - all the usual cliches re women are in evidence. I guess my point is that the idea of even doing an episode of Laura "nude" simply isn't unusual in the climate of the times - though Perskey & Denoff's treatment is more truly sophisticated than was typical.

I think we're almost awash in sheer nakedness these days, of both sexes - or it's at least very easy to find on the internet - whereas the nudity back then was simply part and parcel of popular culture's treatment of women, nearly always through male-dominated media. (I only hope what I've written here makes some sort of sense. I'm not even sure of my own point, if I have one.)

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