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And behold, there is yet more! Released from the restriction of corsets, for once we see the natural figure of our darling dark-curled model, as his partner of the unforgettably long and lovely stockinged legs concentrates his rapt attentions elsewhere!If the pencilled ‘13’ is an accurate final number in this spectacular and beloved shoot, it appears I am still missing one picture from the glorious whole, and will never stop searching for whatever lost delicious delight completes the set!

flowers-in-his-hair:

And behold, there is yet more! Released from the restriction of corsets, for once we see the natural figure of our darling dark-curled model, as his partner of the unforgettably long and lovely stockinged legs concentrates his rapt attentions elsewhere!
If the pencilled ‘13’ is an accurate final number in this spectacular and beloved shoot, it appears I am still missing one picture from the glorious whole, and will never stop searching for whatever lost delicious delight completes the set!

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At long last, dear readers, a beautiful and, as ever, truly astounding addition to this treasured collection of genuine 19th Century pornography, this quite simply splendid photoshoot of timeless appeal and enduring eroticism! And once again, it is that charming smile which lifts this to such touching brilliance, the lovely dark-haired young man garlanded in white flowers is clearly enjoying himself immensely, as they perform acts so intimate - and in their era, incriminating - so very boldly before the camera.

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At long last, dear readers, a beautiful and, as ever, truly astounding addition to this treasured collection of genuine 19th Century pornography, this quite simply splendid photoshoot of timeless appeal and enduring eroticism! And once again, it is that charming smile which lifts this to such touching brilliance, the lovely dark-haired young man garlanded in white flowers is clearly enjoying himself immensely, as they perform acts so intimate - and in their era, incriminating - so very boldly before the camera.

A quite remarkably handsome young man, his features as near to perfection as any yet seen here, reclining in the pleasant peace of the hills near Taormina, a tantalising hint of a smile on his lips as he arches his back catlike in the sun. The dark drape of fabric preserving his modesty does little to detract from the sensuality of his pose, and the photograph remains as seductive as any more explicit offering in Guglielmo Plüschow’s catalolgue.

A quite remarkably handsome young man, his features as near to perfection as any yet seen here, reclining in the pleasant peace of the hills near Taormina, a tantalising hint of a smile on his lips as he arches his back catlike in the sun. The dark drape of fabric preserving his modesty does little to detract from the sensuality of his pose, and the photograph remains as seductive as any more explicit offering in Guglielmo Plüschow’s catalolgue.

The first time I have featured a magazine page here in my collection, so perfectly fitting our theme I could not resist! It presents an appreciation of masculine beauty, that ageless and unaltering perfection of strength and grace which is as apparent in classical art as in a photograph taken yesterday - the models may be mortal, the techniques ever changing, but the admiration will never cease.

The first time I have featured a magazine page here in my collection, so perfectly fitting our theme I could not resist! It presents an appreciation of masculine beauty, that ageless and unaltering perfection of strength and grace which is as apparent in classical art as in a photograph taken yesterday - the models may be mortal, the techniques ever changing, but the admiration will never cease.

A fine-looking trio of strapping young fishermen, lithe bodies toned with physical labour and unhindered by the inhibitions of the more refined society in their era, and perhaps it is that contented confidence which made these working-class rural boys such natural and nonchalant models - they are truly at ease, feeling no shame to be photographed so exposed; to them, it is nothing, and so they do not show off in forced poses, or reveal nervousness in their faces, but are tranquil and composed. Even when that close to viciously spiked opuntia cacti!

A fine-looking trio of strapping young fishermen, lithe bodies toned with physical labour and unhindered by the inhibitions of the more refined society in their era, and perhaps it is that contented confidence which made these working-class rural boys such natural and nonchalant models - they are truly at ease, feeling no shame to be photographed so exposed; to them, it is nothing, and so they do not show off in forced poses, or reveal nervousness in their faces, but are tranquil and composed.
Even when that close to viciously spiked opuntia cacti!

A fine photograph taken in Tunisia by Rudolf Lehnert in the early part of the 20th Century. Whilst much of his work concentrates on portraiture or displays a documentary style as he captures scenes of local life, historic architecture, and traditional dress, this particular image stands out as singularly and perhaps deliberately erotic - the long look into one another’s eyes could be taken for something far from innocent and platonic.

A fine photograph taken in Tunisia by Rudolf Lehnert in the early part of the 20th Century. Whilst much of his work concentrates on portraiture or displays a documentary style as he captures scenes of local life, historic architecture, and traditional dress, this particular image stands out as singularly and perhaps deliberately erotic - the long look into one another’s eyes could be taken for something far from innocent and platonic.

A gorgeous Italian photographed by Vincenzo Galdi - I keep finding these wonderful portraits of captivating young men from a century ago, they are all gone now but that makes their pictures all the more poignant and beautiful.

A gorgeous Italian photographed by Vincenzo Galdi - I keep finding these wonderful portraits of captivating young men from a century ago, they are all gone now but that makes their pictures all the more poignant and beautiful.

Time for a little sweet silliness, with this unusual and greatly amusing submission from a reader! Sadly their names are lost in time, though I perhaps detect a hint of family resemblance (particularly around the eyes), and would hazard a guess they are all linked by blood not friendship alone.The picture was taken in Brașov, Romania (known as Kronstadt in German and Brasso in Hungarian)

Time for a little sweet silliness, with this unusual and greatly amusing submission from a reader! Sadly their names are lost in time, though I perhaps detect a hint of family resemblance (particularly around the eyes), and would hazard a guess they are all linked by blood not friendship alone.
The picture was taken in Brașov, Romania (known as Kronstadt in German and Brasso in Hungarian)

Following a remark from a friend that there are not nearly enough bums in my photograph collection (a mere oversight, I give you my word - I do not select the pictures to show here by which area of the anatomy is most prominantly featured!), I thought I could go a little way to rectify that sorry deficiency by choosing today a very fine example indeed. Such plump peachy perfection, not a mark on his smooth bronzed skin, what a joy to behold! Though sometimes credited to his cousin Plüschow, who took many pictures in the same location (Posillippo Hill outside Naples), this is without doubt by Wilheml von Gloeden, as this very print bears his initials and the year, ‘87, on the reverse.

Following a remark from a friend that there are not nearly enough bums in my photograph collection (a mere oversight, I give you my word - I do not select the pictures to show here by which area of the anatomy is most prominantly featured!), I thought I could go a little way to rectify that sorry deficiency by choosing today a very fine example indeed. Such plump peachy perfection, not a mark on his smooth bronzed skin, what a joy to behold! Though sometimes credited to his cousin Plüschow, who took many pictures in the same location (Posillippo Hill outside Naples), this is without doubt by Wilheml von Gloeden, as this very print bears his initials and the year, ‘87, on the reverse.

A fine figure of a man, his maturity and strong features giving the picture a distinct air of gravitas and solemnity. He is an anonymous model, likely one of those well accustomed to posing live in the artists’ studios who then found additional work striking his poses for the camera, here that of Charles Alphonse Marlé, circa 1855. Note, at the right, the photographer’s assistant holding up the dark board background which has been propped upon two chairs to get the necessary height!

A fine figure of a man, his maturity and strong features giving the picture a distinct air of gravitas and solemnity. He is an anonymous model, likely one of those well accustomed to posing live in the artists’ studios who then found additional work striking his poses for the camera, here that of Charles Alphonse Marlé, circa 1855. Note, at the right, the photographer’s assistant holding up the dark board background which has been propped upon two chairs to get the necessary height!

Quite simply splendid! This photograph has it all : the dapper chaps in superb hats, the elaborate painted backdrop and quirky choice of seating (is that an umbrella stand he perches upon?), even the delicately worn edges of which I am so fond - and oh, that hand-tinted blush to the cheeks!

Quite simply splendid! This photograph has it all : the dapper chaps in superb hats, the elaborate painted backdrop and quirky choice of seating (is that an umbrella stand he perches upon?), even the delicately worn edges of which I am so fond - and oh, that hand-tinted blush to the cheeks!

Do you recall the pair of 19th century wrestlers previously featured here and here? Now, I have recognised them (and that distinctive carpeting!) in a third image I found this week whilst looking for something else entirely - do forgive my frequent linking back to my own posts, but as a collector at heart it really does please me to be able to gather them together and connect them into sets this way!

Do you recall the pair of 19th century wrestlers previously featured here and here? Now, I have recognised them (and that distinctive carpeting!) in a third image I found this week whilst looking for something else entirely - do forgive my frequent linking back to my own posts, but as a collector at heart it really does please me to be able to gather them together and connect them into sets this way!

In honour of the wonderful Oscar Wilde, whose 159th birthday it is on the 16th, pictured here with his beautiful and beloved Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas.(My earlier posts featuring this dapper pair can be found here) 

In honour of the wonderful Oscar Wilde, whose 159th birthday it is on the 16th, pictured here with his beautiful and beloved Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas.
(My earlier posts featuring this dapper pair can be found here)
 

It seems but a short while since I posted a grateful celebration of attaining five hundred and fifty five followers, with this wonderful photograph by von Gloeden, though it has in fact been a year - and one year on, we stand at an incredible five thousand! I am amazed and delighted, not to mention a little overwhelmed, by the appreciation and popularity my little collection has found, and thank every one of you for your interest, your kind comments & passing on of the images you have most enjoyed, and the submissions which you have shared with me and all my dear readers. It proved difficult to track down another photograph, not yet featured, which included five models; eventually I ended up with another by the same photographer, Wilhelm von Gloeden, with one of his fine classical scenes of sun-drenched elegance upon the terrace.

It seems but a short while since I posted a grateful celebration of attaining five hundred and fifty five followers, with this wonderful photograph by von Gloeden, though it has in fact been a year - and one year on, we stand at an incredible five thousand! I am amazed and delighted, not to mention a little overwhelmed, by the appreciation and popularity my little collection has found, and thank every one of you for your interest, your kind comments & passing on of the images you have most enjoyed, and the submissions which you have shared with me and all my dear readers.
It proved difficult to track down another photograph, not yet featured, which included five models; eventually I ended up with another by the same photographer, Wilhelm von Gloeden, with one of his fine classical scenes of sun-drenched elegance upon the terrace.

Finally for this evening, a photograph both frivolous and fascinating - rather than the accustomed arrangement of the model disrobed before the camera, here we have the photographer himself baring all for his art! The postmark, curiously, bears the name of the G.P.O in Suva, Fiji, making me wonder if this was a variation on sending a naughty seaside postcard home to your distant friends, and of course the Aug ‘08 in the centre refers not to the 2008 which we have all seen ourselves, but 1908.

Finally for this evening, a photograph both frivolous and fascinating - rather than the accustomed arrangement of the model disrobed before the camera, here we have the photographer himself baring all for his art! The postmark, curiously, bears the name of the G.P.O in Suva, Fiji, making me wonder if this was a variation on sending a naughty seaside postcard home to your distant friends, and of course the Aug ‘08 in the centre refers not to the 2008 which we have all seen ourselves, but 1908.