The Press: Nude but Not Lewd

Are nudist magazines obscene, and therefore to be barred from the mails? No, said Post Office Solicitor Frank J. Delaney last week, after the first formal obscenity hearing since Esquire was cleared in 1946. In covering news among the uncovered, Naturel Herald of Sacramento had printed pictures of naked men & women at sunbathing camps. The pictures, the Post Office ruled, were "small, inoffensive and not posed for salacious effect." At the hearing, Herald Publisher Ivan Brovont apologized for his hoarse, thick voice; he had caught a bad cold, he said, from wearing clothes.

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