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The page has been indirectly honoured in video with this piece on YouTube, most of the stamps used have been taken from this page. An acknowledgement would have been nice.

Guinness Book of Stamps

In November 2013, I came across this book on the subject, published in 1966 by the American Topical Association. I will use it extensively in extending this collection and will start with a quote from its definition (one with which I do not wholly concur), "For the purpose of compiling this checklist, a 'nude' has been defined as a male or female figure wearing less than conventional attire. For example, a male swimmer (or boxer) wearing trunks has not been classified as a nude, while a male wearing nothing but a loin cloth has been included. A partially clad female figure such as 'Winged Victory' (Scott GB #274) has been included, likewise a female figure wearing a transparent gown, such as Von Kaulbach's Genius appearing on the 1920 Bavaria issue (Scott Bavaria #251-254) has also been included."
In addition to querying the extent and context of nudity required to justify inclusion, as seen from the cover, the booklet also includes naked children and babies and this has not stood the test of time.
The booklet notes that, "There are some 1800 stamps depicting nudes in its design issued by 220 countries. Of these some 1400 are complete nudes, 340 are semi-nudes and 60 are partial nudes."

I will tend to avoid religious images and poorly, mass-produced "stamps" from sources such as Equatorial Guinea. Some of these will be found on the Rejects page.

o This page will need a rewrite to incorporate the ideas from the book. Most of the images could use a rescan too, so recent scans are marked o to show that they meet the new standard.

España
Sc62
26th February 2010
Cuba Sc62 Cuba
1p
1874
Woman of the Bakalois Tribe
SG46
SG42-50, values 20c to 5f share this design.

4th Jan 2012
country SG53 French Congo
50c
1900
President Pierre Nord-Alexis
Sc101
11th February 2014
o Haiti
50c
1904
Jumper with jumping weights
Sc186
26th February 2010
Greece Sc186 Greece
3l
1906
Commerce with Caduceus
Sc126B
23rd July 2013
Liberia Sc126B Liberia
3c
1910
Hermes carrying infant Arcas
Sc208
26th February 2010
Greece Sc208 Greece
1d
1911
Bakalois woman
SG53
20 Feb 2006
Cameroun SG53 Cameroun
(Middle Congo o/p)
25 centimes
1921
Allegory of Flight
SG109
8th Jan 2005
Lithuania SG109 Lithuania
20s
1921
Hausa woman
SG47
20 Feb 06
country SG53 Upper Volta
25 centimes
1928
Death Centenary of Goya
Sc397, SG567
Spain SG397 Spain
1
1930
Hygeia, Goddess of Health
ScB5, SG552
NZ SG552 New Zealand
1d + 1d
1932
Allegory of Flight
ScC14, SG474
Greece SG474 Greece airmail
50d
1933
Sc64A SG183
1st May 2004
Tripolitana SG183 Tripolitania
10 centesimi
1934
Senegalese Girl
Sc180 SG153

Reminiscent of National Geographic, this must have sent some schoolboy pulses racing in the 1930s.
Senegal SG153 Senegal
55c
1935
SG470
March 2004
Italy SG470 Italy
60c
1935
Comoe Rapids
SG148
20 February 2006
Ivory Coast SG148 Ivory Coast
2f
1936
Native woman
SG296
2nd October 2004
Mozambique Company SG296 Mozambique Company
70 centavos
1937
Paris International Exhibition
SG214
11Nov12
country SG53 New Caledonia
50c
1937
Pounding meal
SG126
Six stamps, SG125-130, 2c to 15c use this image.

29th May 2004 and 4th Jan 2012
Togo SG126 Togo SG126 Togo
3, 10 and 15 centimes
1940
The catalogues describe the design as 'symbolic of French colonial empire'.

ScB132 SG744
16th Nov 2005
France SG744 France
1Fr50 + 8Fr50
1942
Iris
SG968
France SG968 France
50f
1946
Jupiter carrying off Egine
SG969
March 2004
France SG969 France
100f
1946
Oil extraction process
SG157-159
4th Jan 2012
Togo SG157 Togo
10c, 30c, 50c
1947
Women hand-spinning cotton
SG169-171
20th February 2006
Togo SG170 Togo
1f50, 2f, 2f50
1947
Girl with baskets
SG312
2nd October 2004
Portuguese Timor SG312 Portuguese Timor
4 avos
1948
SG472
April 2004
Finland SG472 Finland
9 + 3 markka red
1949
Iban woman
SG182
20 February 06
The dealers Murray Payne publish an occasional newsletter and in issue 72, December 2007 in an article on Sarawak notes "The 1950 set was a fine set of the 'tourist label' type. Indeed, it was aimed at a rather wider audience than just potential tourists. The 50ct, showing a bare-breasted native woman, was specifically designed to attract young civil servants to decide to make their careers in Sarawak. I wonder if any did venture east as a result of seeing this stamp."
Sarawak SG182 Sarawak
50 cents
1950
Sc257 SG321
April 2004
Timor SG321 Timor
50 avos
1950
Africans, animals and sailing canoe
(a rather prosaic description from Gibbons)

SG74
8th January 2005
French West Africa SG74 French West Africa
25f
1951
This one just gets in because it is the only example I have yet found in Britain, Empire and Commonwealth with a hint of nudity [but see New Zealand, 1932]. I expect this was achieved through French influence.
Woman drinking from coconut
SG92
country SG53 British New Hebrides
1fr
1957
La Baigneuse, after Falconet

200th anniversary of the national porcelain industry at Sévres
SG1323
20 January 2007
France SG1323 France
30f
1957
Liberty (statue)
SG1141
20 February 2006
Ecuador SG1141 Ecuador
$4.20
1959
Angolan woman
SG548
2nd October 2004
Angola SG548 Angola
60 centavos
1961
The Triumph of Ariadne (detail), after Hans Makart
SG1368
5th November 05
Austria SG1368 Austria
5 schillings
1961
Mediterranean, after Maillol
Centenary of Aristide Maillol, Sculptor
SG1512
13th August 2006
France SG1512 France
20c
1961
Dionysus and Acme
SG252
Cyprus SG252 Cyprus
10m
1964
Reed dance
SG 133 & 135
Swaziland SG 133 & 135 Swaziland
10c & 25c
1968
Peace, after L Gurdena
20th anniversary of the peace movement
SG
13th August 2006
Czechoslovakia SG1820 Czechoslovakia
1k60
1969
Hair, Kokei Kobayashi
SG1160
5th November 2005
Japan SG1160 Japan
15y
1969
Nymph
500th birth anniv of Lucas Cranach the Elder
SG E1490
E Germany SGE 1490.jpg East Germany
70pf
1972
Berlin Porcelain Figures
Venus, F E Meyer
Astronomy, W C Meyer
SG B463 and B464
13th August 2006
country SG B463 and B464 Germany, Berlin
30pf and 40pf
1974
Lark, Pal Szinyei Merse

SC2305 SG MS2903
This is a rather fine painting, which you can see here. I have included the miniature sheet but rejected the rest of the issue, here.
18th November 05
Hungary SG MS2903 Hungary
10 forint
1974
Vetlina, sculpture by Sciortino
SG526
added 20th February 2006
Malta SG526 Malta
7c5
1974
Woman on Balcony, Gentilini
SG1034
added 20th February 2006
San Marino SG1034v2 San Marino
50l
1975
Danube Maiden, Wolfgang Hutter
SG1797
added 12th March 2005
Austria SG1797 Austria
6s
1977
Centenary of Georg Kolbe, sculptor

SG-B531
4th Jan 2012
Berlin Germany, West Berlin
30 pf
1977
detail from Botticelli's Birth of Venus
SG519
added 20th January 2007
Cyprus SG519 Cyprus
125 mils
1979
Leda and the Swan
SG558
Cyprus SG558 Cyprus
£2
1980
Art, 15th series
Picasso, Figure of a woman standing
SG2605
added 13th August 2006
Czech SG2605 Czechoslovakia
5 koruna
1981
C20 Sculpture,
Kolbe, Barlach and Scheibe

SG-B628-B630
4th Jan 2012
Berlin Germany, West Berlin
40, 60 and 90 pf
1981
The Lady of the Woods
SG1069
Sweden SG1069 Sweden
2kr
1981
Otto Mueller
Zwei Badende Mädchen
SG?
11Nov12
Berlin 1982 Berlin
80pf
1982
Aphrodite emerging from the waters, Titian
SG585
Cyprus SG585 Cyprus
175 mils
1982
Balthus, La chambre Turque
Sc1833 SG2534
added April 2004
France Sc1833 France
4fr
1982
Ludec, King Thulle's Wife
Bicentenary of Wilson's voyage to Palau
SG37
added 12th March 2005
Palau SG37 Palau
20c
1983
Prince Siddhartha and the sleeping dancers
SG800
added 20th February 2006
Sri Lanka SG800 Sri Lanka
5 rupees
1983
Xhosa culture, Intonjane
SG154
added 13th August 2006
Transkei SG154 Transkei
1 rand
1984
Costume, Tahitian dancer
SG454
added 22nd January 2008
French Polynesia SG454 French Polynesia
38F
1985
50th anniv of the death Rudolf Jettmar, painter
SG2188
added 5th November 2005
Austria SG2188 Austria
5s
1989
Dearest Brothers, Sisters and Friends
Illustrations of celebrated poets
SG1525
added 5th November 2005
Sweden SG1525 Sweden
2k50
1990

SG2564
Brazil SG2564 Brazil
36,000 cr
1993
Richard Strauss
SG Sc2056
added 26th Nov 2013
Germany
300pf
1999
Frans Kannik
Maleren og modellen
SG1275
Denmark SG1275 Denmark
6.50
2002

SG2734
In 2004. Austria started an outstanding and enlightened series of modern art nudes.
21st March 2005
Austria SG2734 Austria
55c
2004
Veronika Zillner
SG?
30th Nov 2005
Austria Austria
55c
2005
Akseli Gallen-Kallela: Posters
SG?
my new favourite
20th Jan 2007
country SG53 Finland
2lk
2006
Cornelia Schlesinger
SG?
26th February 2010
Austria 2006 Austria
55c
2006
Astrid Bernhart
SG?
26th February 2010
Austria 2007 Austria
55c
2007
Dina Larot
SG?
26th February 2010
Austria 2008 Austria
55c
2008
subject
SG
date
country SG53 country
value
year
awaiting identification country SG53 Greece
awaiting identification country SG53 Belgium


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