Porn – my first business!

I got into running a porn business quite by chance. It was 1969, I was a teenager at boarding school.

A near neighbour was a keen model maker and model engineer, he had model cars and boats. I was getting interested in model aircraft and he helped me build my first control line stunt plane.

Sadly he died. At the time I thought he was really old but looking back he was probably about 50, maybe younger. His widow sold off all his workshop equipment and models, but she was left with boxes of magazines, Aeromodeller, Model Engineer, Model Boats, Practical Woodwork, and many ‘others’. She asked me if I would like them. Several trips with a wheelbarrow later I had a dozen heavy boxes full of magazines.

They gathered dust for a while then eventually I got around to looking at them. I picked the Aeromodeller magazine box first as that was my main hobby. I worked my way down the box, some of the magazines went back to the 1950s, interesting but not really useful. About 10 magazines in Model ‘planes gave way to models of the nude female variety. At the bottom of this box were Mayfair magazines. Recent issues at that. Looks like he was hiding them from his wife. I checked out the other boxes, they were all the same, the top third was old vanilla magazines, the bottom two-thirds were new(ish) girlie magazines.

There is only so much wanking one teenage boy can do. (Thinking back it’s quite a lot of wanking…) Nudie mags were a much sort after commodity at boarding school so I lined the bottom of my trunk with the magazines and took them to school.

I had thought of selling them but the business morphed into a lending library and bartering service. It all went quite well until I got caught and most of the magazines were confiscated.

You can read about a later venture into porn in this blog post and I worked as a customer service agent for Abby Winters in the mid noughties. Interesting times.

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