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Smutty Little MoviesThe Creation and Regulation of Adult Video$
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Peter Alilunas

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520291706

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520291706.001.0001

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Panorams, Motels, and Pirates

Panorams, Motels, and Pirates

The Origins of Adult Video

(p.40) 1 Panorams, Motels, and Pirates
Smutty Little Movies

Peter Alilunas

University of California Press

Chapter one examines the early history of adult video from a variety of technological, cultural, and industrial perspectives beginning with the Panoram, a device invented in the 1940s and completely unintended for pornography. Following is an analysis of the adult motel landscape of Southern California, an early site of adult video distribution. The chapter concludes with a history of the early pioneers of adult video, including George Atkinson, who created the first video rental store in the United States.

Keywords:   Pornography, Home Video, Film History, Sexuality Studies, Film and Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Panoram, Adult Motel, Stag Films

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