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Retro Sex review

Summary: Retro Sex delivers around 100 galleries of unsorted pictures from the good ol' days. Movies are also offered, but most are very low quality. Some sort of organizing the content would have been helpful. Overall better retro sites are out there.


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Author:
Mephistopheles, 2007-08-27

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Classic-Porn, Amateur, Videos, Movies

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Intro promises

- Largest private collection of historic smut!
- Vintage Erotica Pornography
- Pin-Ups and Girlie Photos
- Rare Hardcore pics and Stag Films
- Our erotica material simply does not exist anywhere else! New content is added every Sunday!

"You'll find classic candid nudes, burlesque dancers in action and campy amateur XXX snapshots! You'll also get to view loads of early stag underground films including extremely rare old time hardcore movies!"

"We hand retouch and completely restore every historic photo that we post on RetroSex.com. Our image quality is unmatched in the world of vintage erotica. We also directly transfer all of our adult stag movies from the original film stock. Our site is now celebrating its tenth year on the web. The fact that many of the original subscribers to our retro pornography collection are still members today is the best testament to the value of our product."

First impression

Are you feeling a bit nostalgic? Or better yet, perhaps you consider yourself a connoisseur? Well, Retro Sex has you covered. From the looks of the tour, this joint is a virtual treasure trove of lost 'classics' in porn history. I've seen everything from light bondage sessions (think Betty Grable) to cock sucking and lesbian action. Some of this dating back all the way to the 1920s! It looks like grandma wasn't so innocent after all.

Our opinion

The layout here is very unique yet fitting. The style reflects the theme of the site very well. The background is black with a beautifully drawn, Norman Rockwell-esque image of a woman smiling. You'll find a row of 98, small, purple buttons spread out across the page in an almost chaotic fashion. Each of these links to a different picture gallery. Each gallery contains around 100 images. Add that up and you're getting nearly 10,000 photos. Not a bad deal, eh? The image quality is a bit inconsistent which is to be expected. Although, some of these pics are surprisingly clear to be nearly 90 years old. The galleries are basically a mix of different unrelated photos shot at different times/places. Many of these appear to be shot by amateurs, while others look to be professional pinup girl-esque stuff and bondage shoots.

The stuff going on in some of these photos is very surprising when you think of when they were taken. I've seen tons of cock sucking, women eating each other's pussies and even a rimjob in one photo. The majority of the women in the photos are quite attractive but there are a few ugly ducklings here and there. I guess since porn was so taboo back then, they couldn't be too choosy about who they used. Some of the bondage sets are quite beautiful. They have a very artsy look about them. I wouldn't mind hanging one up on the wall in my office.

The photo resolutions are incosistent but not far off. They range from 445x576 to 576x479 pixels. The image quality differs throughout. Some of them are crystal clear while others suffer from lighting and lack of photography skills. It isn't surprising when you consider they were shot at different times by different people.

There's currently 155 videos in their stag film archive. There is no real way of knowing how often they update, as there are no time stamps. However, the top of the page does say that they get rid of older movies as they add newer ones to save space. So, if you find something you really like - don't delete it! All of these movies are in the Real Media format. As you might have guessed the quality in these videos differs quite a bit. Some of them are so blurry and so bright that you can't really make out the details of the people's faces, while others that were shot later are actually quite clear. It's a mixed bag but that's what you get with films this old.

I also see a lot of similiar camera angles. It looks as if porn and human sexuality haven't evolved all that much in the past 100 years. The video quality certainly doesn't match the standards of today but that's to be expected. You have to remember, many of these were shot when film was in its infancy. You can tell some of these babies were filmed when Charlie Chaplin was still doin' his thing, as the video speed is quite fast and jerky. The running time tends to average between eight and fifteen minutes with none I've watched exceeding this. Considering the fact many of these were probably underground shoots, I'd say the prices of film held them back.

Every single one I downloaded was in black and white. The content ranges from mild to extremely wild. In fact, the action in many of these could be compared to the hardcore of today. One video I particularly enjoyed had two women going down on each other. There was a lot of playfulness in this and it's obvious they were going for the 'innocent girls experimenting' vibe. I've also seen plenty of girl/guy and even girl/girl/guy stuff here. The bondage videos are surprisingly violent for the era in which they were shot. There's one where two girls quite literally beat each other to a pulp. I love it!

A lot of people aren't fans of the Real Media format but I think it looks just fine. I can't figure out why more sites don't use it. I've always had a soft spot for it. It seems like you can get bigger videos compressed to smaller sizes without too much visual quality lost along the way. This really 'came' in handy in the old days when I had dialup.

It's obvious the admin here is a real history buff. You get access to quite a few extras and some of them aren't even racy in the least. For instance, there's a 'Holly Wood Snap Shots' section which consists of photos of some studio exec with various movie stars. The 'Hollywood Scrap Book' was pretty darn cool. I was surprised to see some rare nudes of actresses from back in the day. I don't think any of them were big names (I didn't recognize) but cool none the less. There was even some shots of a famous transvestite (No, not Ed Wood!).

You get access to quite a few vintage dirty comics. They even turn the pages by themselves for you to make reading more convenient. These babies are quite explicit. They obviously came out before the comic code was put into action. One was quite humerous, featuring a butler fucking the queen of England. There's also an ever growing section of covers of old pulp magazines which may be of interest to some.

Conclusion

I really enjoyed my stay at Retro Sex. The site has a slew of content that is a sure treat for any of you into the oldies. You can tell the webmaster really cares as they actually even put some non-sexual extras. From an historical standpoint, this site just proves that sex hasn't changed one damn bit the last century. The ladies back then were just as capable of getting down and dirty as the ladies of today. If you're into classic porn or just curious about how much the industry has changed in the past 100 years, Retro Sex is well worth taking a look at. What have you got to lose at $19.95 a month?

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One Month - $19.95
Three Months - $44.95

Credit Card: JCB, Solo, Switch
One Month - $21.95
Three Months - $46.95

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Porn Adept 2007-09-20 72/100
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Adult Site Surfer 2007-06-29 78/100
Total average: 75/100      Our score: 6.0/10

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