This particular brand of fetish magazine gradually emerged as an offshoot of the many broader-based kink/BDSM publications that existed on the outer fringe of the print industry.Photo Bits (1898-1914) was the first British pin-up magazine.It was illustrated with full-page half-tone illustrations of good printing and artistic quality: punished maids, bound and pilloried women, etc.Plus ads for other girlie magazines Cheesegals and Pose.
These were clandestine magazines, mostly printed by fictitious publishing houses, which defied obscenity laws and could not be sold at regular newsstands and retail outlets.
However, it soon became infamous for its readers' letters which revealed an obsession with all sorts of fetishes – tightlacing, lingerie, high boots and heels, long gloves, cross-dressing, and so forth.
By 1932 the magazine was even banned by the Irish government.
A spanking magazine is a commercial erotic or pornographic magazine for adults with spanking fetish related contents.
Spanking photographs and artwork have been used to illustrate countless fetish-oriented magazines (on bondage, domination, slave-training, etc.) since the late 1940s.