With a resurgence in the the ‘naked swimming at the Y’ posts -a blog entry now with a renewed life of its own- during research I discovered this photo. In black and white it could be from any era, but there’s something nagging at me about the typeface that suggests 1940s and 50s, I don’t know why, which if I’m correct would tie in with the rather more casual approach to nudity we’re discussing in the ‘swimming at the Y’ posts.
As far as I know farmers have bodies like anyone else!
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Back in the 50s and early 60s we did a lot of farm work nude due to hot weather. It saved your clothing, cut down on laundry and cleanup could come from the horse trough, a farm pond or a garden hose at the house. Mostly the men and boys were nude out doors. However no one had A/C back then so sometimes the whole family skinny dipped and cooled of in the shade of a big tree.
I like hearing experiences of nudists enjoying their pastime somewhere else because normally many relate their experience either at some beach or some nudist camps.
Apparently we fortunate to live in a time that we did and place where did as nudity did not seem to bother many people back then. It was so common that as I got older and things changed I really thought little of it. However just like the HS swim and old YMCA photos and stories, male nudity around the farms was quite prevalent and on occasion so was female nudity too.
Naked farm work was commonplace in the rural hippie communities in New Zealand in the 1970s. I refer especially to Wilderland (still going) in the Coromandels and Renaissance aka as Graham Valley, in the hills behind Motueka (still there but in name only). One of the enjoyable workshops at the 50th anniversary of Wilderland in 2014 was run by the ‘old hands’ of life as it was at the beginning. We almost laughed ourselves silly at the stories. The most amusing were about nudity and working naked putting in the various orchards in the early 1970s. At that time Dan and Edith Hansen (founders) were getting in fish waste and trucks were directed to different parts of the land. No body wore clothing. On this occasion there was some interaction with a driver who took the wrong turn. A naked women leapt out of the forest and jumped on the running board and announced to the 18 year old driver that “you were to drive and I am going to steer.” You can just imagine the situation without going into the details. The community was known as ‘naked city’ for many years and apart from the incident remained popular with any drivers, who were always very keen to see the ‘naked hippie chicks’