Amid deliciously overblown opulence of furs and plush fabrics, a young man takes his place in the spotlight, about to lie into this soft sumptuous bed the scene was certainly designed to stimulate sensual, salacious thoughts in the viewer. Plüschow and later Galdi were far more bold in creating images of intense homoeroticism than the pioneering von Gloeden who - in at least those images to survive - remained discreet and decorous, leaving any more romantic or erotic interpretation to the individual’s innermost thoughts.

Amid deliciously overblown opulence of furs and plush fabrics, a young man takes his place in the spotlight, about to lie into this soft sumptuous bed the scene was certainly designed to stimulate sensual, salacious thoughts in the viewer. Plüschow and later Galdi were far more bold in creating images of intense homoeroticism than the pioneering von Gloeden who - in at least those images to survive - remained discreet and decorous, leaving any more romantic or erotic interpretation to the individual’s innermost thoughts.

From a set by E. Schneider, circa 1910, depicting models in a series of relaxed, informal poses in the great outdoors. Unlike his contemporary Edmund Edwinstone, the nudity in Schneider’s work is all deliberately discreet, with careful position of limbs to preserve the models’ modesty and keep the images relatively chaste.

From a set by E. Schneider, circa 1910, depicting models in a series of relaxed, informal poses in the great outdoors. Unlike his contemporary Edmund Edwinstone, the nudity in Schneider’s work is all deliberately discreet, with careful position of limbs to preserve the models’ modesty and keep the images relatively chaste.

My fourth posting from a renowned set of nude studies, this trio of powerfully built men were photographed in around 1900 and have found an astonishing but quite quite well-deserved fame over a century later.(Specially selected for the viewing pleasure of my friend B. who maintains - quite erroneously, I believe - that I do not post enough butts. I hope you are happy now!)

My fourth posting from a renowned set of nude studies, this trio of powerfully built men were photographed in around 1900 and have found an astonishing but quite quite well-deserved fame over a century later.
(Specially selected for the viewing pleasure of my friend B. who maintains - quite erroneously, I believe - that I do not post enough butts. I hope you are happy now!)

A magnificent, well-chosen model poses with an effortless elegance for Wilhelm von Gloeden, his fine shapely form and striking good looks (that perfect profile!) so impeccably suited to this late 19th century Arcadian style which, inspired by the classical world, captured and celebrated timeless masculine beauty like no other photography had done before.

A magnificent, well-chosen model poses with an effortless elegance for Wilhelm von Gloeden, his fine shapely form and striking good looks (that perfect profile!) so impeccably suited to this late 19th century Arcadian style which, inspired by the classical world, captured and celebrated timeless masculine beauty like no other photography had done before.

We’ve had two chaps on a wooden donkey, now let us enjoy a pair of U.S. Navy sailors posing with a real one! He seems to lack the usual long ears, but they’re simply angled sideways; perhaps he’s a little grumpy about being used as a photographer’s prop!"Ted R. Jay (on burro), c. 1917-1918, possibly San Pedro, CA. This faded picture postcard was taken while Ted served in the U.S. Navy in WWI. He served on the USS Bear, a famous ship that had previously played a central role in rescuing the ill-fated Greeley expedition in 1884 and served hazardous duty in the Bering Sea in the Revenue Cutter Service and later sailed to Antarctica with Admiral Byrd." (Source)

We’ve had two chaps on a wooden donkey, now let us enjoy a pair of U.S. Navy sailors posing with a real one! He seems to lack the usual long ears, but they’re simply angled sideways; perhaps he’s a little grumpy about being used as a photographer’s prop!
"Ted R. Jay (on burro), c. 1917-1918, possibly San Pedro, CA. This faded picture postcard was taken while Ted served in the U.S. Navy in WWI. He served on the USS Bear, a famous ship that had previously played a central role in rescuing the ill-fated Greeley expedition in 1884 and served hazardous duty in the Bering Sea in the Revenue Cutter Service and later sailed to Antarctica with Admiral Byrd." (Source)

Photographed by Guglielmo Plüschow toward the end of the 19th Century, a comely long-limbed young man poses for the camera, looking just a tad awkward, I think - perhaps if he had cast his gaze to the left, matching the inclination of his head, he would look a little less like he wished to be elsewhere!

Photographed by Guglielmo Plüschow toward the end of the 19th Century, a comely long-limbed young man poses for the camera, looking just a tad awkward, I think - perhaps if he had cast his gaze to the left, matching the inclination of his head, he would look a little less like he wished to be elsewhere!

A pair of splendidly turned out and handsome young gents, in matching light top hats - perhaps cream or dove grey as they do not seem to be as pure white as the ribbon band around each! How I covet those long coats, each with a neat outline of binding adding a detail of distinction!

A pair of splendidly turned out and handsome young gents, in matching light top hats - perhaps cream or dove grey as they do not seem to be as pure white as the ribbon band around each! How I covet those long coats, each with a neat outline of binding adding a detail of distinction!

Published by the same Alfred Noyer who produced the popular postcard set of the lovely Ange Camilli, and presumably of around the same 1920 date, though regrettably the postcards depicting this man of remarkably fine physique have not been annotated with his name.

Published by the same Alfred Noyer who produced the popular postcard set of the lovely Ange Camilli, and presumably of around the same 1920 date, though regrettably the postcards depicting this man of remarkably fine physique have not been annotated with his name.

An unusual scene for von Gloeden, who seems to have rarely employed models in this seated position with tucked legs and bowed head, unless photographed alone in melancholy solitude or deep comtemplation. If one nurses a private sorrow, the other, with merely a tilt of his head to bring them close, says I am here with you - it is an image of intimate friendship, brotherhood, perhaps an understanding lover; someone to provide comfort and companionship through any troubles.

An unusual scene for von Gloeden, who seems to have rarely employed models in this seated position with tucked legs and bowed head, unless photographed alone in melancholy solitude or deep comtemplation. If one nurses a private sorrow, the other, with merely a tilt of his head to bring them close, says I am here with you - it is an image of intimate friendship, brotherhood, perhaps an understanding lover; someone to provide comfort and companionship through any troubles.

An artists’ model photographed by Louis Jean-Baptiste Igout, circa 1900 - we have seen this very fellow pose in the studio before.

An artists’ model photographed by Louis Jean-Baptiste Igout, circa 1900 - we have seen this very fellow pose in the studio before.

A breathtaking example of F. Holland Day’s exquisite ethereal photography, Nude Youth with Laurel Wreath and Lyre, created in 1907 and every bit as lovely to a modern eye. Those others posted from this beautiful set can be seen here.

A breathtaking example of F. Holland Day’s exquisite ethereal photography, Nude Youth with Laurel Wreath and Lyre, created in 1907 and every bit as lovely to a modern eye. Those others posted from this beautiful set can be seen here.

This photograph, with its touching overlay of paper cut to display the gentlemen within a loveheart, has been deservedly popular among those of us who admire vintage pictures of affectionate men and wonder on all the romances they may be carefully concealing : what I’ve never noticed til just now is that we have see this very pair in another portrait!
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It is without doubt the same pair, if you look closely : they are seated on opposite sides, on one fellow you can spy the details of the same sumptuous clothing - the traditional dress of Crete - while the other, moustache trimmed and a little harder to recognise than his companion, is now dressed in army uniform. Perhaps this was their last photograph together before he went away to war, oh how I hope he came home safe and sound!

This photograph, with its touching overlay of paper cut to display the gentlemen within a loveheart, has been deservedly popular among those of us who admire vintage pictures of affectionate men and wonder on all the romances they may be carefully concealing : what I’ve never noticed til just now is that we have see this very pair in another portrait!

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It is without doubt the same pair, if you look closely : they are seated on opposite sides, on one fellow you can spy the details of the same sumptuous clothing - the traditional dress of Crete - while the other, moustache trimmed and a little harder to recognise than his companion, is now dressed in army uniform. Perhaps this was their last photograph together before he went away to war, oh how I hope he came home safe and sound!

Published in the 1906 volume of Photograms of the Year (along with this picture), a delightful soft and sweet image of a lone bather, lost in his own thoughts as he lies in the sand. So very evocative of that tranquility to be found alone in the beauty of nature, we can easily imagine the gentle warmth of the sun, the breeze over his skin, the only sounds those of birds and perhaps a grasshopper or two in the rough grass : easy to forget the presence of the photographer and all his equipment which created this image of contented peace and solitude.

Published in the 1906 volume of Photograms of the Year (along with this picture), a delightful soft and sweet image of a lone bather, lost in his own thoughts as he lies in the sand. So very evocative of that tranquility to be found alone in the beauty of nature, we can easily imagine the gentle warmth of the sun, the breeze over his skin, the only sounds those of birds and perhaps a grasshopper or two in the rough grass : easy to forget the presence of the photographer and all his equipment which created this image of contented peace and solitude.

What a fine example of von Gloeden’s work, two fine young men posing so at ease in a quiet corner of some sun-drenched Mediterranean terrace. A kind submission from thespeakeasy69, who also sent me some colourised versions; while I can’t include modern edits on here, they were certainly interesting to see - I thank you, sir!

What a fine example of von Gloeden’s work, two fine young men posing so at ease in a quiet corner of some sun-drenched Mediterranean terrace. A kind submission from thespeakeasy69, who also sent me some colourised versions; while I can’t include modern edits on here, they were certainly interesting to see - I thank you, sir!

chubachus:

Portrait of a well dressed man posing with an army officer in Charleston, South Carolina, late 1840’s.
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With a touch of hand-tinting adding not just the sublte pink blush to each cheek, but this time picking out the baby blue necktie and even the gold of a pocket watch chain!

chubachus:

Portrait of a well dressed man posing with an army officer in Charleston, South Carolina, late 1840’s.

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With a touch of hand-tinting adding not just the sublte pink blush to each cheek, but this time picking out the baby blue necktie and even the gold of a pocket watch chain!