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Retro Porn Archive Review

Reviewed: 2013-05-21 . We have old review archived for this site, you can read it here
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Our Rating: 74/100

Quality of Content: 20/25

Purchase Value: 16/20

Leased/Own Content: 10/15

Update Frequency: 4/10

Content Variety: 8/10

Tour Promises/Reality: 4/5

Originality: 7/10

Navigation: 5/5

Images: yes

Live Shows / Chat: no

Streaming Video: yes

Downloadable Video: yes

User Rating For RetroPornArchive

User Rating: 54/100 - based on 70 votes.

Price & Payment Options



Standard price: $1.00 (1 days, recurring at $34.95 / 30days)

30 Days


Standard price: $34.95 (30 days, recurring at $34.95 / 30 days)

90 Days


Standard price: $59.95 (90 days, non recurring)

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Tour Promises promises classic photos and videos for true admirers, a refined collection, 21 niches, easy navigation, daily updates and access to four bonus sites.

My Opinion About RetroPornArchive

3 sites

Retro Porn Archive is a great site for anyone looking to find erotic and explicit content that pre-dates the Golden era of porn, which is generally thought of as porn made in the 1970s and 1980s. On this site you'll find some very famous names, but you also end up finding models who are lesser known.

Despite being lesser-known than more or less modern day stars, the models on this site truly walked on the side of taboo. A lot of the content is in black and white, but throughout the sixties you'll also come across some coloured photos and videos. It's a wild visual trip through the early days of porn, but members get more than this site. There are another three sites that you get and these include TheClassicPorn, ClassicPornScenes and GayTheClassicPorn.

When initially signing into Retro Porn Archives, you will pass through an entire page of upsells. Even on the members' area some of these same upsells are repeated, although the upsells are obviously to sites more contemporary and current than the content presented in the archive. The content is presented well. I like the lengthy scene descriptions and the filmstrip of preview pictures from the DVDs and on the members' page there is also a column on the left that lists the hottest movies and sets of photos. Those presented in the centre of the page are the most recent uploads. However, you can also go directly to the photo or video gallery where there are tons of sorting preferences to help you along.

Currently, the archive houses 426 movies. When it comes to photos, I wouldn't say that there are a lot of sets. A lot of the pictures are one-off images that stand alone. I imagine this is due to time and the fact that perhaps any full sets might have been lost after nearly a hundred years. There are still a lot of thrilling images, though and in total you'll discover 12,760 individual photos. Picture sizes vary and again this is mostly a result of the original pictures. Images snapped at the beginning of the 20th century aren't as sharp, but then the equipment available at that time was also relatively new. Once you get to the 1940s, the images do become sharper and things like framing and lighting often become more refined.

The movies aren't likely to be exclusive. They appear to be DVDs, many of them compilations from 'Historic Erotica'. As to be expected, there are plenty of Betty Page. Some films are one off movie clips and from the look of these I would imagine that they are recovered stag films or at least pieces of stag films. 'Ebony Flavor for an Orgy' is one of these titles. Even some of the DVD's presented by Historic Erotica seem like clips from longer films, but every once in a while you end up with a full 50 to 60 minute film. A title called 'Celebrity Sinners' is a 57-minute long flick.

Overall quality is largely dependent on the era and the original print since a lot, if not all of these scenes would have been originally produced on film stock. However, they have of course been transferred to a digital format and there is consistency in this, at least. All the movies can be streamed and there is only one single download option for each film. From newest to oldest, these film downloads are typically 700kbps, 576x432 FLV formats. I tried to take a look at a dozen random films and this was the only format I came across, although the specs vary a bit.

Final Verdict

Retro Porn Archive may not have the highest quality vintage videos and photos, but it does offer a lot of them. Pictures are standalone, at least most of the time, but they are downloadable. Movies range from short stag clips to compilation videos that can be nearly an hour long. Unfortunately, a lot of the models are unknown, but then at the turn of 20th century and through the silent era of cinema it wasn't as if Hollywood stars were well known, either. Still, there are a couple of known stars around and Betty Page will be the most familiar name. All in all, I think it's a decent collection of classic stag porn and fetish erotica with some surprises along the way. If your factor in the fact that you also get access to an additional three vintage porn sites, I think you'll find the membership worthwhile.

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Sites included with membership to RetroPornArchive

Membership to RetroPornArchive includes access to a number of additional paysites - see below.
Note : The list contains only sites we have already reviewed, more sites can be included in the deal.

Date Site Name Description Rating
2010-11-19TheClassicPornThe most exciting and famous classic porn films in a single place.84
2010-11-12RetroPornArchiveVintage porn movies and photos for true collectors.74
2012-08-24ClassicPornScenesClassic scenes with some of the most famous stars in the business.63

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Retro Porn Archive review scores on other review sites

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Date Site Name Rating
2011-03-23The Best Porn78
2008-10-21Sawa's reviews69

Average score on other review sites : 78/100

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