Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Calendar Girls

A group of California women aged from 51 to 84 posed for a racy calendar to raise money for their local firehouse, but the town turned down the cash as too hot to handle. The women raised $30,000 to help fix up Carmel-by-the-Sea's firehouse because the upscale town was short of funds.

In 1913, the first-known calendar nude appeared, called "September Morn", a reproduction of an oil painting,"Matinee Septembre", by a French artist, Paul Chabas (1869-1937). The painting might have gone unnoticed if Comstock, of the Society for the Suppression of Vice, had not demanded the removal of the painting from the window of a New York art gallery. A salesman explained that the painting had recently won a Medal of Honour from the French Academy, but Comstock was not impressed.

In the movie Calendar Girls (2003), a Women's Institute chapter's fundraising effort for a local hospital by posing nude for a calendar becomes a media sensation. It was based on the true story of a group of Yorkshire women who produce a nude calendar to raise money for charity.