Monday, 17 May 2010

Pin-up queen Pamela Green - an appreciation

Pamela Green was the first adult female I saw naked. From what I remember there was little of the come-hither about the woman recognised as Britain’s first nude pin-up.
These were the days before A4 men’s magazines held sway. With her beauty and allure Pamela seemed to dwarf the postcards and the pocket-sized magazine in which she posed.
As photographed by George Harrison Marks on the cards and in Kamera magazine (she makes a fleeting appearance in Michael Powell’s disturbing movie Peeping Tom), Pamela exuded a sex appeal that was both exciting and threatening at the same time.
Her pictures would barely pass for soft-porn today but back in the late 1950s she was held in awe by adolescent schoolboys of which I was one. She seemed to come from a distant land to which we all dreamed of travelling if only we dared.
The response of our rampant hormones to pictures of Pamela was probably magnified by the fact ours was a boys-only school.
I like to think all thoughts of Pamela and her ilk were soon abandoned because of the attractions of real-live girls rather than that raunchier products overtook her brand of titillation.
Certainly I hadn’t given Pamela a thought in many decades until I read at the weekend she had died of leukaemia 10 days ago in the Isle of Wight at the age of 81.
The first-rate Times Online obituary brought back memories of school gate gatherings as one classmate or another ‘flashed’ pictures of Pamela – always alert to the approach of masters or prefects.
I’m glad Pamela seems to have had a better post-fame life than that of Bettie Page to whom she is sometimes compared. Pamela’s latter years were spent as a pillar of the local Women’s Institute but she never repudiated the days she frolicked Naked as Nature Intended, the faux-naturist Marks film in which she starred.

9 comments:

  1. She will be missed. I'm sure she's laying in the sun in the great nudist camp in the the sky. God bless her.

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  2. Excellent article, resonates with my memories perfectly - and yes, she was more threatening than her peers, though none were quite her peer; Pamela was actually a genuine artist, both as student and later; and while she must have understood the effect her pics had of males, she also saw her modelling as an art, so her pics always had an artist quality. A pity that Harrison Marks wasn't in any way her equal: though he had an artistic eye, he didn't have the same quality of character.

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  3. Absolutely catches my sentiments, yes, I also found her threatening. Later I realized that she was a real artist and the real reason for Harrison Marks' success, she actually deserned more than she got.

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  4. Chris,
    Thank you for your comments. It amuses me now that at the time I didn't twig Princess Sonmar was Pamela in her dusky guise. GC

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  5. One could never say that she was 'behind the curve'.

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  6. A true Viking princess back in the day... Ed McL

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  7. Well she certainly wasn't a Jewish princess; don't know about Harrison Marks, though.

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  8. Pam has her own website. Well worth a look. www.pamela-green.com

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  9. Her website is rather good. Lots of info and vintage pics. Well worth a look.
    A real trip down mammary lane.
    www.pamela-green.com

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