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THE AMAZING PHOTOS of CARL VAN VECHTEN (REPOST from 1/12/2011)

Not sure why, but once in a while old Sissydude posts disappear from public view, like this one. Since Walt Cessna’s Tumblr works always reminded me of Carl Van Vechten’s beautiful photos I thought I’d do a repost. Enjoy!

Jan 12/2011: So I’ve just been falling in love with these Van Vechten photos of young up & coming African American stars like Pearl Bailey (picture above), Billy Dee Williams, Jeffrey Holder, Diahann Carroll, Eartha Kitt, Ruby Dee & James Earl Jones… the patterned fabric backdrops, the silly (yet perfect) props… sooooo good. NOW let me share my faves (get ready… there’s a lot). Extensive archive HERE @ BEINECKE LIBRARY

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A “CORRECT” MEGA POST! R.I.P.SPECT: WALT CESSNA

So sad to hear of Walt Cessna’s passing today. I really love his work and have had a few amusing Facebook conversations with him through the years. My favourite conversation was a couple of years back. Cessna messaged me saying that he wanted me to edit/curate his images for a book. I of course was very keen on doing this. I told him “yes” without knowing any details. Within two minutes he messaged me back to say “great” and that he’d like me to come over for dinner “tonight”. I told him sadly I couldn’t make it that night cus I lived in Toronto. That was the last I heard of the project. But we still kept in touch and he always appreciated when I posted his stuff on Sissydude.

We were part of the early queer Tumblr tribes that obsessively shared our love for sexy correctness. I adored his Tumblr photos… they reminded me of Carl Van Vechten’s photographs with a splash of Tiger Beat pin-ups by way of Drummer Magazine. Cessna’s photos mostly featured really cute boys as subjects. They were a little rough around the edges. They wore short shorts and eclectic accessories. And most importantly, the boys like to show skin. Walt’s images were vibrant, free, clever, dark, funny, sexy, sweet, sad, tough… and most of all, obsessive.

Since I’m an obsessive guy myself, I took a few hours and went through Cessna’s Tumblr archive and pulled the images that spoke to me today.
If you’d like to know more about Walt and see more of his work, I’ve added links here.

Correct Love to you Walter. XXXO John

WALT CESSNA TUMBLR ARCHIVE HERE

ART FORUM obit
Great QUEERTY 2012 interview HERE
archive list of Sissydude posts of Cessna’s photos

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WE ARE NO LONGER EXPERIENCING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES MEGA-POST …


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Dayton O’Connor @ GUYBONE, Guybone on Facebook

Matteo Maganzani by freddie krave MORE pics HERE!  KRAVE on Facebook, Instagram


vintage B&W via SHORPY

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I HEAR MOANING BUT THERE’S NO ONE THERE… MEGA-POST!!!


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Joshua and Tiffany- Stephen Gregory, 2013

Some images via GAY WILDLIFE, I LOVE THAT MAN, DO YOU HAVE MORE OF HIM & A DIRTY MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE
Vintage B&W via MYSELFIXION
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THREE THINGS: SEARCHING FOR TADZIO, BARNABY BARFORD’S “LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT” (2011), WILHELM KUMM’S DER HELOT (1891)

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SISSYDUDE LOVES: TWO: THE HOMOSEXUAL VIEWPOINT in CANADA 1964-1966 (via HOUSTON LGBT HISTORY)

HOUSTON LGBT HISTORY: TWO was published by Rick Kerr, and the office address given was that of the Melody Room (457 Church Street, Toronto), one of two gay clubs he owned (the other being the Music Room). The magazine name was obviously inspired by the American homophile publication “TWO (Truth Will Out),” a supplement to the magazine One, which began in 1953. With issue #6 the subtitle was dropped from the covers. The publisher name was initially Gayboy Publishing, and quickly changed to Kamp Publishing LTD. The magazine’s content was eclectic, with articles, local drag revue coverage, stories, and lots of teen model physique photography.

CHECK OUT NINE FULL ISSUES in PDF form HERE @ HOUSTON LGBT HISTORY!

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A HUNTING WE WILL GO… A HUNTING WE WILL GO MEGA-POST!!!

Cachorro Lozano (pink pits) by Cain Q.

some images via HOMOTOGRAPHY, MYSELFIXION, VOODUUDE, MATTADORESIT
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HELL YA! CASPAR GETS EDGED with THE HELP of EASTON… @ CHAOS MEN

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STUNNING IMAGES FOUND @ AWESOME FRONT FREE ENDPAPER…

This site always makes me happy. So much beauty and interesting antidotes.
See all of the wonders of FRONT FREE ENDPAPER

“An eclectic mix of book collecting and dealing, gay life, gay sex, science fiction and victorian photographs.”

“I am a book collector, book dealer, publisher and writer living in Portsmouth on the South Coast of the UK. This blog is my personal space for the recording of my numerous interests including science-fiction, victorian and vintage photography, gay literature, book design, typography, homoerotic artwork, the Amazon river, the books of Frederick Rolfe (Baron Corvo), Forrest Reid, sundry gay Victorian and Edwardian characters, Slash Fiction, Samuel R Delany, Vintage swimwear, Willard Price, Venice, and so on… Alongside all of that you also get a personal journal of life and memoir and the self-therapy you have come to know and love from bloggers.” – Callum James

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A VALENTINE’S DAY MEGA-POST (& PAST SISSYDUDE VALENTINES ROUND-UP)…

Sissydude Valentine ode to James Bidgood & Pierre et Gilles… with a vintage guy named “Kevin”

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Oh, XL… you are such a beauty.

VALENTINES ROUND-UP AFTER THE JUMP…

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THREE THINGS: THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON WITH GABE LADUKE (via KALTBLUT), CIRQUE ALPHONSE DUDES & RANDOM VINTAGE TATTOOED HOTNESS…

SEE THE FULL SHOOT HERE @ KALTBLUT

Photography Kiko Dionisio

Model is Gabe Laduke

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BOYS MEN BOYS BOYS MEGA-POST!!!


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VINTAGE PICS VIA MYSELFIXION AND GOLDEN FLEECING

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IT’S THE WEEKEND IS HERE/ LETS GET BUSY MEGA-POST!!!

vintage man photos via MYSELFIXION and photos via Maverick Men, Kris Irons & Pink Mince

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SISSYDUDE LOVES: THE AWESOME GRAPHIC GRAPHICS of vintage DRUMMER MAGAZINE!

So I’m home with a flu/ cold that just lingers and won’t go away… and for some reason DRUMMER Magazine popped up in my head. Lately, I’ve been seeing images of vintage covers popping up on Instagram, Tumblr and such. The graphics and photos really look amazing to me. So here are some mind-blowing images that I found, mostly via some lovely soul named Vince who scanned a full 20 issues! LOVE… probably one of my fave Sissydude posts. Enjoy!

Images posted here via VINCE @ SCRIBD. You can look through Vince’s scans of a full 20 issues HERE.
So much great stuff to savour!

WIKIPEDIA: Drummer was an American magazine targeted at gay men with an interest in the leather subculture founded by John H. Embry and Jeanne Barney in Los Angeles, 1975. Because of police harassment, the magazine moved to San Francisco in 1977, with Jack Fritscher as new editor-in-chief (1977–1999). The last number of the magazine, issue 214, was published in April 1999.

Drummer was the most successful of the American leather magazines and was also sold overseas. The publication had a major impact of spreading gay leather as a lifestyle and masculinity as a gay ideal. The magazine was originally focused on quality writings about leather but gradually changed into more of a photo magazine. Among the published writers and artists were Phil Andros, Tim Barrus, Scott Masters, Tom of Finland, Robert Opel, Fred Halsted, David Hurles, Rex (artist), British artist Bill Ward and Larry Townsend. It featured comic strips starring buff gay secret agent Harry Chess by Al Shapiro (under the name “A. Jay”). The photographer Robert Mapplethorpe contributed a photograph for the cover of issue 24, September 1978.

The magazine arranged yearly International Mr. Drummer contests in San Francisco, 1981–1999 (ca).

(watch a bit of the 1985 contest at the end of this post)

Manga artist Gengoroh Tagame has pointed to the magazines illustrated strips as a major influence on his own work.

Also check out the 3 part interview with GLBT Historian Jack Fritscher (the founding San Francisco editor in chief of the legendary leather magazine Drummer
(1975-1999) at the end of this long obsessive post.

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GAYBLEVISION (Canada’s first television program made “for gay people by gay people”)

VIVO MEDIA ARTS CENTRE: Gayblevision, Canada’s first television program made “for gay people by gay people”, was produced through Vancouver’s West End Cable 10 between 1980-1986. It documented the local LGBTQ community – the issues, people, events, businesses and organizations that defined the early 1980s. It includes rare interviews with community leaders and cultural icons, and provides insight into the formation of the Pride movement and the impact of AIDS.

Co-founder and first President, Don Durrell, donated the collection in 1993. It includes over eighty Gayblevision episodes and those of Pacific Wave, a series initiated December 1983 by Durrell and other Gayblevision producers. Co-founder Mary Anne McEwen donated additional Gayblevision videos including raw footage of their Tennessee Williams interview. Other videos include an AIDS Special, Pride tapes, promotional segments, audio tracks, and working cassettes. In 2014 a donation of production stills and other ephemera was made in honour of McEwen.
READ MORE HERE.

STONEWALL GAZETTE: This is historically important archival footage of activist Alan Hicox, from a segment produced for Gayblevision in 1983. Hicox died on Sept 26, 1984; he was only 21 years of age. Gayblevision was Canada’s first gay TV show and was produced in Vancouver. In this footage, Hicox shares his experience with AIDS and talks about how he is helping to educate the public. FULL 4:44 VERSION HERE. Video @ XTRA

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I’M HOME SICK (WITH A COLD) LOOKIN’ AT NUDIE DUDIES MEGA-POST!!!

next six pics by Srdjan Sveljo  whole set HERE @ fashionably male

Yep… more EASTON from CHAOS MEN!

Book of Igor postcards by william baker

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IT’S REALLY ALL JUST PORN MEGA-POST!!!

vintage B&W IMAGES VIA MYSELFIXION

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IT’S BEGINNING TO LICK A LOT LIKE XMAS MEGA-POST!!!

Gabe pics by Tristan Ginger

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SEXY HOLIDAYS 2 U MEGA-POST!!!

4 lovely shots of super lovely Álan Dorodnyh @ i2406 i2406 group on Facebook


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Queerrilla!!!

Vintage B&Ws via MYSELFIXION/ RETRO 70s & 80s music/pop culture images via SILK ELECTRIC/ Men with Flower postcards via Allen S/ Vintage festive camp via GOLDENFLEECING & RAINY DAY RECESS

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THREE THINGS: THE “HOTARIOUS” BOYS TOWN GANG, ARNOLD LOBEL’S “SWEET & GAY” FROG & TOAD and the “MYSTERIOUS” MACABRE COLA/ WEIRDO

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WIKIPEDIA: The Boys Town Gang were a San Francisco based disco and Hi-NRG band. Their popularity peaked in the 1980s, when the group reached number 5 on Billboard‘s Hot Dance Club Play chart with the singleCruisin’ the Streets“, and number 4 in the UK Singles chart[1] and number 1 in the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain with their cover version of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You“.  

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On the records “Remember Me” / “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Cruisin’ The Streets” Cynthia Manley provided lead vocals with Robin Charin, Don Wood, Phill Manganello, Tom Morley and Keith Stewart providing back-up.

From the 1981 album Disc Charge and onwards Jackson Moore was lead singer with Tom Morley and Bruce Carlton as back-up.

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videos via Grant Heaps

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THREE THINGS: SISSYDUDE FAVES GOGOGENTLEMAN, MATT LISTER (@ KALTBLUT) & vintage JIM WIGLER…

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Likey? See the rest of the L’HOMME EST LE SPORT AW16/17shoot HERE @ KULTBLUT

Photographer: Karl Slater www.instagram.com/slaterkarl/ Stylist: Hannah Rose Fry www.instagram.com/hannahrosefry/
Model: Matt Lister from Established  www.instagram.com/mrmattlister/

SISSYDUDE FAVE GOGOGENTLEMAN has a TUMBLR of his nudies!…

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first 5 photos by Manuel Moncayo

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Likey? GOGOGENTLEMAN TUMBLR HERE!

Jim Wigler & more GOGO-GENT after the jump…

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TASTY TRICKS & TREATS MEGA-POST!!!

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as per usual vintage b&w via myselfixion and chuck7048
Halloween kitsch via AWESOME Rainy Day Recess

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SISSYDUDE LOVES: THE STYLE & WORK of OSSIE CLARK & CELIA BIRTWELL

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Sometimes I get obsessed/ inspired about someone (or a group of people) and I can’t stop searching for info on them. Recently I’ve had my Hockney LOVE (re-reading 1976’s Hockney by Hockney) resurface and with it, Hockney’s friends- muse Celia Birtwell and “maybe Hockney’s lover” and Celia’s husband and creative partner Ossie Clark. Birtwell popped up recently in 2015 when she collaborated with Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino’s beautiful pre-fall 2015 collection. So here you go. Come join my new obsession! I’ve got Julia Watt’s 2003 book ‘Ossie Clark 1965-1974’, The Ossie Clark Diaries & Birtwell’s 2011 picture book coming in the mail, so I’ll be busy reading and observing images through now and into 2017. Probably share more images as well. Don’t worry… hairy assholes will be coming soon!

Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy 1970-1 David Hockney born 1937 Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1971 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T01269

Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy 1970-1 David Hockney born 1937 Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1971

Wikipedia: Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy is a painting by the British artist David Hockney. Painted between 1970 and 1971, it depicts the fashion designer Ossie Clark and the textile designer Celia Birtwell shortly after their wedding at which Hockney was Clark’s best man. Hockney and Clark had been friends since the early 1960s. One of their cats sits on Ossie’s knee (the cat in the painting was not in fact Percy — this was the name of one of their other cats — but Hockney thought Percy made a better title than Blanche, the cat he painted). The work is in acrylic on canvas, and measures 2170 x 3084mm in its frame. The painting featured in the final 10 of the Greatest Painting in Britain Vote in 2005, the only work by a living artist to do so. The painting is in the collection of the Tate Gallery.

Study for 'Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy' 1970 David Hockney born 1937 Presented by the artist 1972 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T01517

Study for ‘Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy’ 1970 David Hockney born 1937 Presented by the artist 1972 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T01517

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INDEPENDENT UK: In the painting, Birtwell wears a dress co-designed by her and her husband. Theirs was one of fashion’s most volatile but successful marriages. Success is an odd word to use, given that the couple divorced in 1974, and Clark and his business were declared bankrupt in the early 1980s. But their professional and personal partnership defined the 1960s and 70s, forming a blueprint for contemporary British fashion. That blueprint comprises spectacular shows, painstakingly constructed clothes, a global influence on other designers and, paradoxically, creative abundance shackled by financial reality. Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell represented its first cresting wave – one that inevitably came crashing down. Read the rest HERE.

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Hockney drew on both The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck and A Rake’s Progress by William Hogarth in the symbolism and composition of the painting. A copy of Hockney’s own interpretation of A Rake’s Progress is seen on the wall. The positions of the two figures are reversed from the Arnolfini Portrait with the conclusion that Birtwell is the assertive partner. The lilies next to Birtwell, a symbol of female purity are also associated with depictions of the Annunciation (at the time of the portrait Birtwell was pregnant). The cat on Clark’s lap is a symbol of infidelity and envy. In this case, Clark continued to have affairs which contributed to the breakdown of the marriage in 1974.

British fashion designer Ossie Clark (1942 - 1996) with his wife, textile designer Celia Birtwell, July 1971. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

British fashion designer Ossie Clark (1942 – 1996) with his wife, textile designer Celia Birtwell, July 1971. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Author Judith Watt comments: “Celia collaborated with Ossie. This was a joint effort. People say that she was his muse, which indeed she was, but their work absolutely went hand in hand. It was her designs that he used to create his. I think it’s unfair that she not be given that voice”

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Ossie was noted, from this period on, for buying six new record albums a week, all from the newest and most popular recording artists. His love of music and art were legendary amongst Ossie’s friends. Also at this time Ossie began to take hard drugs more recreationally with friend and business partner Alice Pollock. “This is when his character began to change” says longtime friend Lady Henrietta Rous.

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May 1972: English fashion designer Ossie Clark (1942 - 1996), aged 29, in his studio. (Photo by Ian Tyas/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

May 1972: English fashion designer Ossie Clark (1942 – 1996), aged 29, in his studio. (Photo by Ian Tyas/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

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JUST GONNA PUT THIS RIGHT HERE MEGA-POST!!!

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three polaroids by RENAUD Duc
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Next 8 images by chris phillips @ pornceptual

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