Last week we had some questions about a reference to one of William Sheldon's non-numismatic books in Will Nipper's book In Yankee Doodle's Pocket.Will Nipper writes:
Please refer to the article referenced below. I first heard about this on National Public Radio, though I can't find that particular report on their site.
To read the complete article, see: THE GREAT IVY LEAGUE NUDE POSTURE PHOTO SCANDAL (http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=990CE7D91131F936A25752C0A963958260)
Pete Smith writes:
In January of 1995 I learned of the article in The New York Times Magazine on .The Posture Photo Scandal. by Ron Rosenbaum. At the time I was working in records management for a large international law firm that had a New York office. I contacted the records manager in New York to see if he could provide a copy of that issue. It came a few days later through our inter-office mail. I hope the New York staff accepted my explanation about why I was interested in an article about nude photos.
Since I have copies of the referenced publications, I can offer a few comments.
1. Sheldon's The Varieties of Human Physique, published in 1940, has only photos of nude men. Their faces and genitals are obscured.
2. Sheldon published his Atlas of Men in 1954. His proposed Atlas of Women was never published.
3. The cover of The New York Times Magazine does include a head shot of Hillary Rodham and she is mentioned in the article. Of note is this from page 40: .By the time Hillary Rodham arrived on the Wellesley campus, women were allowed to have their pictures taken only partially nude..
4. The article by Rosenbaum indicates that others besides Sheldon cooperated in several Ivy League schools. Sheldon would not have taken the Wellesley pictures.
My conclusion from this: Although Hillary was at Wellesley at the right time to participate, her picture was not nude and was never published. I don.t have Will Nipper.s book to read his exact language. The comment about Hillary Clinton is either incorrect or misinterpreted.
Thanks for helping to shed light on this matter, which I'd been curious about, too. The New York Times article gives a pretty thorough overview of this line of research by William Sheldon, author of the classic numismatic references, Early American Cents. -Editor
Wayne Homren, Editor
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