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Public Schoolboys & AP in the 1970s

Discussion in 'AP Magazine Feedback & Suggestions' started by Max resist, Sep 8, 2018.

  1. Max resist

    Max resist Well-Known Member

    Boys from my local Public School used to sneak into the local public library and ask for Amateur Photographer.
    Then they would sit in a corner with the invariable dossers and tramps and snigger while perusing it.
    It was along with exchange and mart known for a somewhat risqué content from time to time.
    Especially small ads.
    If really lucky they catch a glimpse of semi soft focus cleavage betwixt the risqué pages.
    Nothing along the lines of Penthouse or Playboy mind you-those too had an underground circulation-
    after lights out in the dorms,
    Nor Search or Relate which hit the shelves some time later in the early 1970s,
    Despite attempts at Censorship such publication would often be come across blowing down the path in woods.
    The X films at the cinema were a cinch.
    The old women on the door couldn't care tuppence if you were going on 13.
    They looked the other way as they took your pocket money which was all they cared for.
    The cinema has now been demolished.
    It was all part of the general permissiveness.
    Many a mind was affected with depravation and degeneracy.
    Though oddly the word 'pervert'was taboo.
  2. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    Is there a discussion or a question there somewhere? :confused:
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  3. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    I've always fancied dropping an acid tab. I guess the experience can't be far off these posts.
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  4. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    He gets weirder, doesn't he? Unless public schools changed a lot between the 60s (when I was at one) and the 70s (which he appears to be fantasizing about on the basis of absolutely no knowledge), this is extreme drivel even by his increasingly demanding standards.


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  5. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    The school I went to had a subscription to AP and it was to be found in our library every week, certainly up to 1952.
    It had bound back issues going back to the earliest days, as well as every BJP annual.
  6. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Dear Terry,

    I think ours did too, but I can't remember. We also had bound volumes of Punch, from volume 1 (1841) on. But alas no BJ Almanacs.


  7. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    I was well into photography long before I went to Wrekin ... so I would take a weekly fix of AP in the library.

    We also had a well fitted out Darkroom, of which I was one of the few users. The BJP Almanac always had a large section covering all the chemical formulas for making up our developers from basic chemicals.
    Two of my contemporaries were very spoilt. On had a complete Leica outfit in leather briefcase. the other had a complete Compass outfit with every accessory, also in a case. neither was much interested in photography......
  8. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    We never had AP at my school. Occasionally you could find a copy of Razzle in the hedge on my walk to school.
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  9. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    The owner of Razzle could afford to send his boys to public school.
  10. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    The school I was at from 1967 to 1974 also had AP in its library. I don't recall many cleavage pictures (the women often looked lie they had been not eaten for a while), but do recall how thick every issue was. The advertisement charges must have been a very large part of the magazine's income, presumably much more so than today.

    What is/was 'Razzle'? I assume not a serious photographic magazine.
  11. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    I guess you were one of William's less academically minded protégés?
  12. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member


    It had some decent photos yeah. Thought provoking. The photos were that good at times, your mind could wander and put yourself in the photo too. Also had areas were you could admire the work of reader submitted photographs.
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  13. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

  14. beatnik69

    beatnik69 Well-Known Member

    Ian Dury and the Blockheads did a great song called "Razzle in My Pocket"
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  15. MickLL

    MickLL In the Stop Bath

    I'm not prepared to guess dates but there was a period when AP became nicknamed "Amateur Pornographer".

    The front cover was pretty well always a scantily clad girl (yes always a girl) and the inside was littered with nudes - sometimes illustrating articles that, shall we say, don't easily sit alongside naked women.

    I used to buy AP quite often when I was at university and had quite a lot of trouble convincing my flatmates that my interest really was the photography.

  16. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    And sometimes in adverts...
  17. MickLL

    MickLL In the Stop Bath

    I very nearly typed that myself but wondered if my memory was playing tricks. It's such an unlikely scenario that I thought that the younger readers :):) wouldn't believe.

    Now you have said it I'm more than ever convinced that it was true.

    Who was the editor that took the mag away from those days?

  18. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    I think it was Keith Wilson, from memory.
  19. MickLL

    MickLL In the Stop Bath

    Good memory ! After your prompt I googled Mr Wilson and here's an extract in his own words:

  20. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    Corrected within a few seconds of original entry...

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