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Focus on the details and true educational “realism” of a body over an artistic and beautiful presentation was not really known until the Scottish anatomist John Bell presented his first works just before the turn of the 19th century. He excoriated the “vitious practice of drawing from imagination” and the struggle of the painter to balance elegance of form with accuracy of presentation. He eliminated this struggle by engraving all of his own works, and focusing on empirical observation over all else.

Focus on the details and true educational “realism” of a body over an artistic and beautiful presentation was not really known until the Scottish anatomist John Bell presented his first works just before the turn of the 19th century. He excoriated the “vitious practice of drawing from imagination” and the struggle of the painter to balance elegance of form with accuracy of presentation. He eliminated this struggle by engraving all of his own works, and focusing on empirical observation over all else.

Sorry, I lied. This one is a serious gem. I mean, the other ones are really typical of the time, but this one has the best conversation from the 1950s that I’ve heard thus far:

"Hey, you know something?"
"No, what?"
"I had a wet dream last night."
"A wet dream, what’s that?"

"Oh, you know, sperm comes out of your penis."
"Sperm?"
"Yeah, sort of a sticky stuff, a guy’s part of a baby. Didn’t your brother tell you about that?"
Nah, he doesn’t tell me about much of anything. So…you can start a baby now…” 

Now, I wasn’t born in the 50s, and I’ve never talked to anyone in the 50s about this, but I’m pretty sure that it wasn’t a typical scene to have guys sitting in the grass around a push mower talking about their nocturnal emissions…but hey, I could be wrong. I could be grossly misinformed about an entire era of United States history.

If you don’t clean yourself, not only will your socks run away from you in terror, but you’ll be kidnapped by “savages” and forcibly bathed in their stew-pot.

Navy instructional video, 1945.