Retrotic Returns: A Brief History of Smut

Retrotic has returned from the dead! For those who care, an explanation.

Retrotic: A History of Smut

I originally created Retrotic in late 2010 as a repository for erotic pictures from old men’s magazines and the like. I’m something of a collector of old nudie magazines; I enjoy the pictures, obviously, as they hearken back to a time when girls enjoyed nudity and weren’t afflicted by the social diseases that define the modern era. The articles in these magazines are also pretty good, and in a sad indictment of modern literacy, are more intelligent and better written then mainstream media articles today.

I made a number of mistakes in running Retrotic, which I’m still paying for. For starters, I never monetized properly, a big deal considering how laborious scanning and editing these pictures is. Merely putting the pages on a scanner isn’t enough: I had to intensively edit scan lines out of each photo to make them look presentable on a computer screen. Additionally, I moved Retrotic from platform to platform, starting out on a self-hosted WordPress site, moving to Tumblr (now that was a mistake) and back again.

A couple years ago, after taking Retrotic offline, I put it and all the magazines I’ve scanned thus far back up. Unfortunately, I let the site rot while I worked on other projects, forgot to install vital software updates, which led to the whole thing getting torched by a virus. Additionally, the site drew minimal traffic even when it was working properly.

After rebuilding the site in the past weekend, I thought to myself: how can I take Retrotic to the next level? How can I make it popular and worth the money it costs to keep online?

Answer: I include the articles alongside the photos.

As a result, I’m very slowly recreating each Retrotic post, transcribing the articles that went along with the sexy pictures. I’ve only gotten a couple of articles done so far, but I plan to have all of my scans back online soon.

Additionally, I have a number of magazines I have yet to scan. Depending on the response I get to the new Retrotic, I may get to work putting those up as well. Stay tuned…