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Bob Jones.
"Short Mens Class."
1952

 

 

Bob Jones.
"Untitled."
1952

 

 

Bob Jones.
"Untitled."
1952

 

 

Now aren't there some good looking men amongst this these photographs. I wonder how many of them were gay? Not an effeminate man to be seen here, you can bet your life. These are 'real' he-men: strong, masculine and ruggedly virile examples of manhood. Note that there is still a range of ethnicities present in these 1950s photographs, from Brazilians to Afro-Americans and men of Asian origin but there is not a hairy man amongst them. They probably shaved for the event, a very feminine thing for a man to do. These photographs also serve to illustrate another point: the body shape might be slightly different when compared to each other but overall the bodies seem to form a homogenised whole, forms which seem to have been pressed from the same mould ('template man').