Conceptually this was nothing new. However, the French photographers working for the magazine and the photographs imported from the U.K. had a certain je ne sais quoi, that in retrospect, appears to be the brilliant selection of exceptional models (read sexy) and the weekly "special" features.
In the earliest days of the magazine, the main feature was the American movie stars on the covers + composite layouts featuring them inside: Jane Russell, Betty Grabel, Virginia Mayo, Yvonne De Carlo, et al. When the mandate of the magazine's title wore thin, the movie stars slowly disappeared, replaced by increasing seductive models, wearing less and less! The magazine's editors subsequently created numerous other very popular features over the years including: sequential strip-tease series, 3-D photo layouts (with glasses in each magazine), gate-fold pin-up illustrations by Brenot and the marvelous pin-up deshabillable (undressable pin-up) with glassine overlay: dressed/undressed pin-up.
French photographers included Roland Carre, Serge Jacques and Andre Belorgey. The U.K. photos were from two of the best: Harrison Marks and Russell Gay from whom many of the photographs of most well endowed, busty babes originated. Although the magazine started in the 1940s, I am concentrating on the 1950s and 1960s and will post it in two parts.
Some of the scans included are "composites" using various images one issue collaged together. These were used, as all the other scans from my archives, as an illustration for an eBay listing or as an offering to my clients.
Above: Esther Williams, circa late 1940s
Part 1: The 1950's
3-D features and glasses.
Special NUS COULEUR Issue 100 Photographs
Special feature NUITS DE BROADWAY
Special feature MINUIT A PARIS. June Wilkinson cover.
Lili Christine cover
Special feature PIN-UP DESHABILLABLE
Special feature BELLES DE NUIT. Tempest Storm cover.
June Wilkinson above
Special issue NUS D'ETE All Color Photos
Special issue MER et MONTAGNE
Special issue NUS D'HIVER All Color Photos