my brief modeling career, told me. They were very rare, apparently acquired through mail order, passed from hand to hand like sacred texts.
When I turned 21, I found In Touch and Mandate at the adult bookstore in downtown Bloomington, Indiana. So I could get about 20 pictures of naked guys every month, but the magazines were very expensive, about the equivalent of $20 each today.
So why would anyone want to spend money on a calendar with amateur guys getting naked?
1. The guys are spectacular, the cream of the crop of amateur rugby players, rowers, military officers, Marines, and so on. Although with the recent proliferation of nude male calendars, sometimes they're less spectacular celebrities, artists, factory workers, and farmers. Nothing wrong with seeing some bodies of "regular guys."
3. They're not heterosexist. A few professional naked-male calendars are aimed specifically at gay audiences, but most are advertised with rhetoric like "for the ladies!"; "every woman's fantasy!"; or just "a woman's calendar." These are usually advertised without specifying a gender.
So far it's been mostly European and Australian men with the bollocks to pose nude for charity, but a few American teams have gotten in on the act, like the Nashville Grizzlies, a gay rugby team.
March isn't too late to get a 2014 calendar; they're half-price.