M. Koch - O.Reith. 'Der Act'. Acquired 1946.
(1880-1910?) male nude photographs used as models for other artists.
2 older males together supporting the pediment of a Roman column,
themselves taking the place of the column. In Image No. 54107
they have their arms around each other. Just natural male bodies,
smooth, moustaches, uncut.
Image No. 54112. Anonymous photographer. n.d. Acquired Chicago
Police Dept. 05/1961.
RARE location shot of male nudes at baths(?) White nude
male laying down, with black man doing handstand on his shins,
back to the viewer. In the background is another nude black man,
partially visible. Hanging up on pegs behind him are 5 singlets
and 1 pair of underwear. Small photograph 2" wide by 4" high.
Significant in that the photograph appears to be at the baths,
shows interracial nudity and M/M contact. One of the most significant
photographs in the whole collection in my opinion.
sexologists of the era did not collect photographs of gay men
and their bodies in public social contexts, preferring instead
to concentrate on photographs of m2m bodies engaged in sexual
acts at home or physique photographs taken in the studio which
generally do not have any context in relationship to the outside
world. I understand they did not have much of a choice in the
material offered them but are there, for example, any photographs
of gay men in the park, at the beach lying next too each other?
In contemporary research we would embed such photographs within
broader situational contexts and theoretical analyses.
No. 543-280. Frontier Club, San Diego, California.
** Mr. America - Plus ** Frontier #11. Catalogues
and ads, December 1967.
No. 543-281. Frontier Club, San Diego, California.
** Mr. America - Plus ** Frontier #5. Catalogues
and ads, December 1967.
sheet photographs cut up and taped down onto card and then rephotographed.
#11 features a solo young man, naked except boots and hat, posing
with whip. #5 features natural boys in shorts, shirts, wrestling,
one punching the other's stomach, holding each other just wearing
underwear. Really cute, natural bodies and photographs. Some posing
by photographer. Lighting obviously just by table lamps or lights,
very amateur, but all the more intriguing and interesting for
Image No. 55201. Anonymous. n.d. Acquired Edina Minneapolis
Police Dept., 01/1962.
photograph 2" wide x 3" high. Interior. Male nude with hips thrust
to one side, right leg splayed outwards, smooth, uncut, holding
cane in left hand and top hat on his head at a rakish angle with
right hand. Backdrop probably a Japanese fabric of bamboo canes.
Very effeminate photograph of a young nude man in a bedroom possibly
(?) - very personal.
Image No. 55202. Anonymous. n.d. Acquired Chicago Police Dept.,
man in gaiters (1920's -1940s?), uncut, watch on left hand, drinking
from small silver cup which hides mouth. Right hand holds half
smoked cigarette. Body has no shape about it at all- really strange.
In the background is a standard lamp, skirting board and striped
wallpaper. Flash or lamp lit. Personal/private photograph.
Image No. 55203. Anonymous. n.d. Acquired Chicago Police Dept.,
man, nude, uncut, flattened against interior wall covered with
Arabic scene of horses, men and tigers above skirting board and
wooden floor. Possibly 1930s. He has a tattoo on right forearm
and the most amazing tan line from wearing shorts and singlet.
His body has no shape to it at all, he has thin arms and is about
20-22 years old. Really unusual to see such a tan line, possibly
from a bathing suit. Noting the background I would say the
photograph positions the man in the upper classes, and the image
is interesting for the social contextualisation of the male body.
Image No. 55259. Anonymous. n.d. Acquired Chicago 1940.
one and a half inches square of male nude approx. 25-28 years
old, smoking a cigarette, in slip on shoes, standing in front
of what looks like army tents with trestle tables inside them.
Body is natural, no real shape, smooth, man is smiling.
Image No. 55260. Anonymous. n.d. Acquired Chicago Police Dept.,
nude with dark hair, three quarters side profile standing in lounge
room. Very Diane Arbus. Table lamp with big shade and 2 tiered
side table. Vinyl chair behind. Print on wall is nearly completely
hidden, curtain to top right hand side with wood grain wall as
well. Flash was used as heavy shadow of man outline falls on the
wall behind. Body is smooth, hunky but not a bodybuilder. Cut
dick. Hands by side. Nice face, smiling, looking at camera.
man, serene, calm, relaxed in his own body - one of the best
photographs. Really like this photograph as the man is comfortable
in showing off his body in front of the camera yet not really
posing or puffing himself up. He and his body are aware but relaxed
and just so.
No. 55042. Anonymous. n.d. Acquired O.W. 05/1954.
photograph 2" wide x 3" high of young nude man sitting in car
facing out of the open passenger side door with his trousers down
below his knees. Left hand is resting on knee and the right hand
is pinned against the seat by the weight of his own body. Uncut
dick. Curly dark hair, eyes closed. Car has stick shift left hand
drive (American) probably early 1950s. Body is smooth, boyish
and young man is about 17-19 years old.
before or after sex? Intimacy? Photograph positions the body in
an era and specific situation. Was he about to be sucked off?
Was he being forced into pulling his pants down and being photographed?
I don't think so from the closed eyes and position of the body
within the car. Lover is the photographer?
No. 55087. Anonymous. n.d. Acquired McG. NYC 1946.
approx. 7" wide by 5" high. Smooth young man, about 18, eyes closed,
wavy hair, leaning back on one hand on sandy beach. Right hand
leg rests on lower of 2 wooden steps. Right hand rests on knee
of right leg. Cut dick. Smiling. Lake in background with 3 sailing
boats on it, one with sail up and 2 people in it. Pair of shoes
sits on second step.
photograph - intimacy, again possibly a lover has taken this photo,
and it has some context to it - shoreline and people sailing boats
in the background, steps leading to holiday shack? Young man is
beautiful, happy and at ease in his surroundings, his company
and in his own body.
No. 54768-54779. Anonymous. n.d. Figure Set 41. 1960s(?)
photographs 3" wide x 4" high. 2 nude men, about 25-30 years old,
in bedroom, mirror on front of wardrobe, flowers in vase on dressing
table, bed, flower patterned wallpaper, window behind dressing
table. One man is hairy and cut, the other smooth and uncut. They
are using a measuring tape (in inches) to measure each others
necks, arms, chests, waists and calves in this series of photographs.
Both men are smiling at each other and at other people off camera
and are totally unaffected by the cameras presence in one respect
whilst posing for it in another. Flash used. In some of the photographs
the smooth man has his hand on the others head (for balance?)
No, probably lovers.
series of photographs, very natural using built bodies in a bedroom
setting (their own?), measuring and showing off the results of
their bodybuilding. The images are quite a laugh and they are
obviously comfortable and having a good time too! Much less formal
than the usual physique photograph and show an intimacy between
the two models, plus a context for that intimacy, the bedroom.
No. 41601. Anonymous. 1935+-. Acquired 1948.
Annotation: Swedish boy named Gustav(?)
man in trousers, white shirt, hair parted down middle, holds a
Gladstone bag. He is smiling. House in background with women pulling
kid along which is blurred in middle distance. Slim, natural body
Image No. 41602. Anonymous. 1935+-. Acquired 1948.
Annotation: Took him to baths in Germany.
young man as above now in a one piece bathing suit, hair wet,
slicked back. slim, beautiful boy. He is sitting on sand.
People lying on beach in background including another boy who
is out of focus.
Image No. 41602. Anonymous. 1935+-. Acquired 1948.
Annotation: Met in Navarin Masquerade, 1932.
young man lying on towel on beach, Gladstone bag behind him. Very
smooth young man, very Horst P. Horst model. Wearing a one piece
bathing suit pulled down to his waist.
set of 3 photographs because it shows this young gay man in a
variety of different settings posing for the photographer who
he obviously knows from the annotations. Relaxed in his body and
his surroundings. Perhaps they are on holiday together?
No. 41607/41610. Anonymous. c.1946. San Francisco. Acquired 1958.
guys in various uniforms, table in front of them filled with alcohol.
Hands on each others crutches. Second photograph has friends with
Navy coats on coming in door. Like stills from a film?
Image No. 41612. 'Ray Baker'. c.1946. Acquired 1950.
Annotation: Donny 16-17 years. Bob 25 years.
seated, nude, socks on, reading a bit of paper. Bob, standing,
hand on Donny's inner thigh, bent over reading bit of paper as
well. Donny is very slim ephebe, beautiful, smooth. Bob is older,
hairy chest. Look like a married couple. Very good image.
Image No. 41614. Set of CK. 1950s. Acquired 1953.
young men nude in shower, back shot with bums.
Image No. 41615. Set of CK. 1950s. Acquired 1953.
young men, frontal shots in shower, very smooth, not built bodies.
Image No. 44224. Anonymous. 1928-35. Acquired 1961.
men sitting on a couch, naked, one with arms crossed looking into
camera, smiling, tapestry on wall behind. Older men - 30s? Not
young men which is unusual in these M/M photographs. They sit
side by side, feet touching, knees touching. Everyday bodies.
Good for its openness and body-images.
Image No. 44228. Anonymous. 1935+. Acquired 1947.
image. 2 slim young men, one seated, one standing by a pond.
Image No. 44263. Anonymous. 1940s?
photograph of 2 older men, hairy, naked, with their arms around
each other. No erections. Smiling at camera.
Image No. 44426. Anonymous. n.d. 1950s?
young men in bathing trunks, standing, hugging each other on a
beach, sea behind. Very good photograph.
Image No. 44526/44532. Anonymous. n.d. 1960s?
nude young men, one with arm around others shoulder with the guy
on left looking warily at the camera. Natural bodies. Small 2"
square print. Image No. 44532 has them seated, laughing and is
a much better photograph, less self conscious.