Images of the body in the physique magazines of the 1940s-1960s are invariably smooth, muscular and defined. A perfect example of the type can be seen above. The images rely heavily on the iconography of classical Rome and Greece to legitimise their homoerotic overtones. Use was made of columns, drapery, and sets that presented the male body as the contemporary equivalent of idealised male beauty of ancient times. As the 1950's turned into the 1960s other stereotypes became available to the photographers - for example the imagery of the marine, the sailor, the biker, the boy on a tropical island, the wrestler, the boxer, the mechanic. The photographs become more raunchy in their depiction of male nudity. In the 1950s, however, classical aspirations were never far from the photographers minds when composing the images as can be seen in the examples below, taken from a book edited by Domenique called 'Art in Physique Photography'. This book, illustrated with drawings of classical warrior figures by David Angelo, is subtitled:
'An Album of the world's finest photographs of the male physique'