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Jun 3Liked by Evan Nicks

Dang, now I want to know what a giant bin of oats feels like on my bare skin. Thanks for preserving and sharing this great record!

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Jun 3Liked by Evan Nicks

Amazing!!! So much to learn and appreciate. Fascinating.

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Jun 3Liked by Evan Nicks

What a great historical account of our beautiful lifestyle. How inspiring that it was so early in our history !

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Jun 3Liked by Evan Nicks

I was raised on a farm in northern Pennsylvania. When working the fields in the heat of summer, we always took a lunch break where my grandma brought lunch, and before eating lunch everyone working got naked and skinny dipped in the mud based pond - men, women, children, dogs, hired help, .... It was quite refreshing and I had never heard of nudism so I thought this behavior was quite normal until I went to college and found that no one that knew of had ever been skinny dipping and that that this type of behavior was only for nudists in nudist colonies. I am wondering if this was normal behavior on the farm or was my grandfather's farm the exception. This all happened in the 50's and 60's to my knowledge, but may have gone on for a long time before that.

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I was not alive then, but I would suggest that this might be entirely common or unheard of based entirely on your cultural upbringing. Pennsylvania farmers, presumably your family has a strong German or Dutch background, I don’t find it too surprising that this sort of casual nudity was embraced.

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Jun 3Liked by Evan Nicks

Common Sense, indeed. Wonderful!

I guess it’s unclear whether he separated permanently from his wife when he moved to Missouri? Maybe I missed it.

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Jun 5Liked by Evan Nicks

Thanks for posting this article. I can’t wait to see the others. You know me. I love the early naturist things.

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Thanks Davey! Much credit goes to Carl Hild, who dug this up and has been working on this realm of nudist research more than anyone. There are a few articles that he has written that are coming.

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My compliments to Mr. Hild. He’s doing a great job.

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While I’ve always been nudist (even when suppressed), I’ve only recently linked it to the health aspects you find in the way past. Maybe being middle-aged and getting a cholesterol diagnosis helps with that, but I am more in tune with my body as I not only remove the artifice of clothes but also the artifice of processed foods, etc. I’ve reduced meat and packaged food and overwhelming amounts of coffee and am exercising more. I guess I’m adding in the natur- part of naturist.

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Two of my favorite subjects: nudity and history. Fascinating.

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A very fascinating article. Thank you for sharing with us. Jan&Gary

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