A stunning portrait of Antonio Cesarini, known to those who loved him (including the painter Jaques d’Adelswärd-Fersen) as Nino, photographed by Guglielmo Plüschow on the terrace of Villa Lysis, Capri. A timeless masculine beauty, made truly everlasting in these bewitching photographs from around 1905 - this is an especially large and lovely copy, do click through for a closer look!I’ve featured a version of this image before, usually I endeavour to avoid repeats but this time I think you may agree it worthwhile : in my first copy there was some careful editing to preserve his modesty with a deep darkened shadow, here we see the unspoilt original.

A stunning portrait of Antonio Cesarini, known to those who loved him (including the painter Jaques d’Adelswärd-Fersen) as Nino, photographed by Guglielmo Plüschow on the terrace of Villa Lysis, Capri. A timeless masculine beauty, made truly everlasting in these bewitching photographs from around 1905 - this is an especially large and lovely copy, do click through for a closer look!
I’ve featured a version of this image before, usually I endeavour to avoid repeats but this time I think you may agree it worthwhile : in my first copy there was some careful editing to preserve his modesty with a deep darkened shadow, here we see the unspoilt original.

Titled Three Homosexual Men, this early erotic photograph, though faint, is a welcome addition to this collection, as genuinely pornographic content from the era is regrettably (though perhaps understandably) a little scarce! Those of you wishing to find more delightfully dirty 19th century and Edwardian treats might like to revisit the early pages of my blog, or peruse this tag specially marking out the most salacious century-old smut and explicit Victorian pornography for your viewing pleasure!)

Titled Three Homosexual Men, this early erotic photograph, though faint, is a welcome addition to this collection, as genuinely pornographic content from the era is regrettably (though perhaps understandably) a little scarce!
Those of you wishing to find more delightfully dirty 19th century and Edwardian treats might like to revisit the early pages of my blog, or peruse this tag specially marking out the most salacious century-old smut and explicit Victorian pornography for your viewing pleasure!)

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acrobat naked, profile view - anonymous, about 1889

A quite quite beautiful photograph of a remarkable feat of strength, balance, and flexibility - wonderfully lit to highlight the well-defined muscles and lovely fluid curves of his fine athletic build, and printed in a sepia tone which adds a pleasant warmth and softness to the image’s charms; an unusual, unforgettable portrait of an unknown young man.

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  • acrobat naked, profile view - anonymous, about 1889

A quite quite beautiful photograph of a remarkable feat of strength, balance, and flexibility - wonderfully lit to highlight the well-defined muscles and lovely fluid curves of his fine athletic build, and printed in a sepia tone which adds a pleasant warmth and softness to the image’s charms; an unusual, unforgettable portrait of an unknown young man.

Photographed toward the end of the 19th century in Wisconsin, two well-dressed American fellows in rather flash neckties and very different hats - I’m a little amused by the fit of the bowler, it appears so small as to perch very high on his head, balanced upon rather than snugly fitting around : I’d worry a sudden move or gust of wind may just dislodge it!

Photographed toward the end of the 19th century in Wisconsin, two well-dressed American fellows in rather flash neckties and very different hats - I’m a little amused by the fit of the bowler, it appears so small as to perch very high on his head, balanced upon rather than snugly fitting around : I’d worry a sudden move or gust of wind may just dislodge it!

An unusual, immediately striking photograph; sharp structural beauty of an everyday item used to great dramatic effect - in an era before the engine had yet replaced the horse, it would indeed have been unremarkable and utterly commonplace to the contemporary viewer, much like a tractor tyre today. Often attributed to von Gloeden, but as yet this credit is unproven as the image bears no signature (though many do not), and neither this nor any other shots featuring the same huge cart wheels can be seen in catalogues or contact sheets of his work.

An unusual, immediately striking photograph; sharp structural beauty of an everyday item used to great dramatic effect - in an era before the engine had yet replaced the horse, it would indeed have been unremarkable and utterly commonplace to the contemporary viewer, much like a tractor tyre today. Often attributed to von Gloeden, but as yet this credit is unproven as the image bears no signature (though many do not), and neither this nor any other shots featuring the same huge cart wheels can be seen in catalogues or contact sheets of his work.

Early German bodybuilder Eugen Sandow, photographed in 1893 by Benjamin J. Falk (my favourite portrait of this famous fellow dates from a year later, here)

Early German bodybuilder Eugen Sandow, photographed in 1893 by Benjamin J. Falk (my favourite portrait of this famous fellow dates from a year later, here)

Beautifully lit by the blazing Mediterranean sun, a handsome young man photographed by Wilhelm von Gloeden in the San Domenico Cloister, Taormina, circa 1900. With the cross-strapped sandals and narrow white headband fastened across his brow, this graceful model epitomises the Arcadian ideal, the timelessness of male beauty and elegance which resonates through the ages.

Beautifully lit by the blazing Mediterranean sun, a handsome young man photographed by Wilhelm von Gloeden in the San Domenico Cloister, Taormina, circa 1900. With the cross-strapped sandals and narrow white headband fastened across his brow, this graceful model epitomises the Arcadian ideal, the timelessness of male beauty and elegance which resonates through the ages.

A fine young man of the late 19th century shows off his admirable physique, flexing his muscles and standing to his best advantage before the camera. Unlike many such scenes with their painted backdrops, the setting behind him appears to have genuine depth (the pillar and the paintings cast shadows) inviting speculation on the circumstances - was this taken in a studio, or the man’s own home?

A fine young man of the late 19th century shows off his admirable physique, flexing his muscles and standing to his best advantage before the camera. Unlike many such scenes with their painted backdrops, the setting behind him appears to have genuine depth (the pillar and the paintings cast shadows) inviting speculation on the circumstances - was this taken in a studio, or the man’s own home?

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Two young men, circa 1910

Entwined in affectionate embrace, these charming fellows make quite the pleasing pair for a shared portrait, one with noteworthy blond curls which escape from under his hat, the other with a sleek side-parted style which would not look out of place in any modern barbers’.

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Two young men, circa 1910

Entwined in affectionate embrace, these charming fellows make quite the pleasing pair for a shared portrait, one with noteworthy blond curls which escape from under his hat, the other with a sleek side-parted style which would not look out of place in any modern barbers’.

Of unknown date, this amazingly brazen homoerotic postcard may be a little late for accurate inclusion here - my aim to collect the very earliest photographic erotica up ‘til the 1910s - but how could anyone resist such an image : surely you would not thank me in the slightest for keeping it to myself! Who were they, who took their picture, and who first owned the postcard? All details sadly remain a mystery, but at least now it can be seen by many with an appreciative eye for such lovely, lusty, delights.

Of unknown date, this amazingly brazen homoerotic postcard may be a little late for accurate inclusion here - my aim to collect the very earliest photographic erotica up ‘til the 1910s - but how could anyone resist such an image : surely you would not thank me in the slightest for keeping it to myself! Who were they, who took their picture, and who first owned the postcard? All details sadly remain a mystery, but at least now it can be seen by many with an appreciative eye for such lovely, lusty, delights.

As I know a fair proportion of you greatly enjoy early photographs of wrestlers in action, here is another from the late 19th century. This is possibly the same pair as seen here - take a look at the moustache and hairline of the chap on the right in this pose, upside down in the other!

As I know a fair proportion of you greatly enjoy early photographs of wrestlers in action, here is another from the late 19th century. This is possibly the same pair as seen here - take a look at the moustache and hairline of the chap on the right in this pose, upside down in the other!

I’ve posted these spectacular, quirkily arranged compilation pages before, singly, but thought they worked rather well as a set - as they were origially offered for sale when published in France in 1903. 

This week, dear readers, marks something of a stunning milestone for antique-erotic, as we sail on past the utterly astonishing total of ten thousand followers! I am overjoyed that my little idea has grown into something so very many people are enjoying (as well as a tad overwhelmed), and, as ever, exceedingly grateful for your appreciation over the last couple of years - this collection’s second anniversary was attained in July. I extend my warmest gratitude to you all, every last one, and hope you never cease to find much to enjoy here, as the collection continues to grow.

A captivating portrait of a soulful-eyed Italian man, his fine face immortalised for all time at the very point between the bloom of youthful manhood and the full-fledged maturity to follow, by Vincenzo Galdi. Taken around or just after the turn of the last century, when he was working in Rome, his studio on Via Sardegana - the very same street as that of his former mentor (and probable lover), Guglielmo Plüschow.

A captivating portrait of a soulful-eyed Italian man, his fine face immortalised for all time at the very point between the bloom of youthful manhood and the full-fledged maturity to follow, by Vincenzo Galdi. Taken around or just after the turn of the last century, when he was working in Rome, his studio on Via Sardegana - the very same street as that of his former mentor (and probable lover), Guglielmo Plüschow.

Photographed in Taormina, Sicily, in the late 19th Century, these well-proportioned and handsome-faced men make admirable amateur models, posing with confidence and an easy, unstilted attitude before the camera of Wilhelm von Gloeden.

Photographed in Taormina, Sicily, in the late 19th Century, these well-proportioned and handsome-faced men make admirable amateur models, posing with confidence and an easy, unstilted attitude before the camera of Wilhelm von Gloeden.

The last known photograph from the trio of muscular men, all taut strength and dramatic tension; a magnificent scene which completes the set of six in splendid form.

The last known photograph from the trio of muscular men, all taut strength and dramatic tension; a magnificent scene which completes the set of six in splendid form.