SLATE: In the same way that porn magazines are often hidden under pillows or locked away on the top shelves of closets, the history of “beefcake” photography has been highly secretive. The photographer and models who created the hunky, hyper-masculine work beginning in the 1940s right up to the pre-disco age, did it on the sly often dodging strict obscenity laws that landed some of them in prison, forced them to endure harassment and attacks, and kept almost all of them hiding deep in the closet.
For Petra Mason, the editor of 100% Rare All Natural Beefcake, published by Rizzoli, trying to track down the images, and, more significantly, the holder of the copyrights, turned out to be a bit like falling down a rabbit hole. READ THE WHOLE STORY HERE @ SLATE
“I am invisible because I was behind the camera when these photographs were taken.” – THE INVISIBLE MAN on tumblr
LAST SISSYDUDE/19TH CENTURY BOYFRIEND POST HERE
WELL, CLUTCH MY IMAGINARY PEARLS MEGA-POST!!! starring rubberlegz, gabe, seth, bette, paco & dwan!!!
MOST fun Vintage photos/ illustrations via AWESOME Goldenfleecing
HOTARIOUS! PLAYGIRL ON THE AIR (1984) via dangerous minds with some SISSYDUDE chosen PLAYGIRL 80’s PICS…
eyeh8nbc says “After Playboy had a series of “video magazines” in the 80s, Playgirl, geared towards the ladies, tried the same thing. I had to cut a few naughty bits out of this but hope you still enjoy it- I don’t have the talent to riff on it so you’ll have to do that yourselves. Includes centerfolds Steve Scott (who later became porn star Mark Davis) and Tom Gagan, interview with Mark Harmon, and political segments with Geraldine Ferraro and future San Francisco mayor Willie Brown, considered one of the sexiest people at the time- now that’s scary!
FESTIVE MEGA-POST!!! featuring POE DAMERON, DYING GAUL, TONY LOMBARDI, CASPER, SHAWN WOLFE & various tasty hairy cracks!
“I REALLY HAVE TO GET TO WORK” SUPER MEGA-POST!!! including myselfixion vintage goodness, boys proudly showing their dicks and all that other SISSYDUDE kinda stuff…
first 5 “playing with light and body” photos by Jeffery Gerson (HIS TUMBLR HERE)
DANI PHOTOGRAPHED BY JOSÉ A. MONTESINOS FOR SUMMER DIARY
and unrelated but equally lovely (also via shorpy)
1910. “Columbia crew at Poughkeepsie boathouse — Members of the Columbia University varsity eight-oared crew team. Top row: R.K. Murphy, F. Miller, Paul Renshaw, A.M. Hamman, W. Steinschneider, G. Downing; bottom row: S. Pitt, A. Brock, and F.H. Saunders at Poughkeepsie, New York, for an intercollegiate regatta.” Gelatin silver print. Bain News Service.