Category Archives: Military

Leathers in Mozambique

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From the small volume Scouts in Bondage and Other Violations of Literary Propriety. Edited by Michael Bell, a proprietor of secondhand books from the “ancient coastal town” of Lewes, England. Scouts is a collection of amusing covers, this one from 1959 is subtitled “An Adventure Story for Boys.” What? That’s what Neo-colonial crypto-homosexuality was called in the middle of the 20th century…

Maybe he’s YOUR boy…

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Or maybe he is OURS. We could flip for him. Goodyear advertisement Collier’s magazine, September 26, 1942. Collection of Gay Highwaymen.

Hot Young Vintage Soldiers at Telephone Station Number Three

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Phone home. Maintained for the benefit of the armed forces. Nice lounge area provided good cruising no doubt. Smiling faces and sweet butts. WWII era photo postcard. Collection of Gay Highwaymen.

Vintage Coolness: Hot Mounties and K9 Crew

20120307-192951.jpgWoof, woof, woof, woof and woof! Oh…and the Canadian Mounted Police aren’t a bad-looking pack, either!

Enemy Upstairs! Get on his Tail…

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It looks like this flyboy is wearing a dog collar and leash! He’s not. At least not in this image. From a WWII era Collier’s Magazine advertisement selling the latest in sound technology: the throat microphone. Can’t make yourself heard over the engine noise and machine gun fire? No more! The Western Electric throat microphone helps win battles!

Whatever you do, wear Skivvies!

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Originally a brand name, like “Kleenex” – “Skivvies” had a contract to supply the armed forces and became generic military slang for underwear – shorts and tees…

He’s got a bigger job now…

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From Colliers Magazine, Winter 1945.

New Old Navy Young Sailors!

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Recent additions to the vernacular photo collection. File them under sailors. We particularly like the cock flags in the central image and the sweet youth of the lads on the left. Who knows how many survived the war. Ships? Eh…came in the lot with the boys. One snapshot and four RPPCs.

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Hot Hard Gay Erotica! SF’s Center for Sex and Culture presents: “From the Collection of Larry Townsend”

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Artist: "Macbeth" from the collection of Larry Townsend

Larry Townsend was a pivotal figure in the development of leather culture as we know it. What many do not know is that he was also a collector of art. The Center for Sex and Culture is extremely proud to present a selection of work from his collection. We will be showing illustrations by Macbeth, Olaf, Sean, Orsen, Russ, Dennis, Zane, DP, and others. This work spans a wide range of what we now thing of as the classical period of gay SM illustration work; the period in which almost no artists used their real full names when doing this sort of work. There are cops and cowboys and romans and leathermen playing in almost every way imaginable. The clear theme that runs through Townsend’s collection is that of unrestrained perverted joy. We will also be showing a selection of Townsend’s personal ephemera including toys, leathers, and original manuscripts. Please come join us to share this exceptional collection of materials. (via curatorial statement)

Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission Street (at Grace Street between 9th and 10th streets) in San Francisco.

Opening: Friday February 3, 6:30 PM

Exhibit dates: February 3 – March 30, 2012

Viewings by appointment and at other CSC Events

Dutch photo of Russian sailor: delicious GUP cover boy

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Photo: Joost van den Broek. GUP: Guide to Unique Photography. 027 Double Anniversary issue.