To end the month on a particularly pretty note, here is a beautiful portrait by Wilhelm von Gloeden; how sweetly he smiles, how expressive those lovely downcast dark eyes! Flowers softly resting on his hair and yet more clasped to his breast with the telltale deeply tanned hand of the outdoor worker - the only intrusion of his everyday reality into this heavenly portrait.

To end the month on a particularly pretty note, here is a beautiful portrait by Wilhelm von Gloeden; how sweetly he smiles, how expressive those lovely downcast dark eyes! Flowers softly resting on his hair and yet more clasped to his breast with the telltale deeply tanned hand of the outdoor worker - the only intrusion of his everyday reality into this heavenly portrait.

Lamentably small but truly lovely, a charming evocative photograph by Guglielmo Plüschow - a timeless idyllic scene of lush grassy meadow (which must feel so delightful underfoot), bordered by sunbleached wooden rails, the trees overhead leaving dappled shade, and a small bundle of white flowers laying in the languidly outstretched hand of this beautiful country boy. We have seen him before, indeed, in another photograph from the same glorious day. It brings to mind many long hot days spent under my own trees, with the sound of grasshoppers, and sparrows, and the bees in the blossom.

Lamentably small but truly lovely, a charming evocative photograph by Guglielmo Plüschow - a timeless idyllic scene of lush grassy meadow (which must feel so delightful underfoot), bordered by sunbleached wooden rails, the trees overhead leaving dappled shade, and a small bundle of white flowers laying in the languidly outstretched hand of this beautiful country boy. We have seen him before, indeed, in another photograph from the same glorious day. It brings to mind many long hot days spent under my own trees, with the sound of grasshoppers, and sparrows, and the bees in the blossom.

gallimauphry:

Real photograph postcard of two identified young men in suits and bow-ties, one wearing a bowler and one with a straw hat, ca 1919. Watch fobs hang from their lapels. They sit in an elaborate scene of tree logs and climbing flowers. Back of postcard blank, printed: “Post Card, correspondence, name and address, place stamp here with CyKo logo”
Collection David Claudon, 2012

What else could I add which has not already been pointed out!

gallimauphry:

Real photograph postcard of two identified young men in suits and bow-ties, one wearing a bowler and one with a straw hat, ca 1919. Watch fobs hang from their lapels. They sit in an elaborate scene of tree logs and climbing flowers. Back of postcard blank, printed: “Post Card, correspondence, name and address, place stamp here with CyKo logo”

Collection David Claudon, 2012

What else could I add which has not already been pointed out!

One of von Gloeden’s classic group photographs, three young men of Taormina stand with an easy, natural grace and unaffected confidence - I particularly like the casual cross-legged leaning of the handsome fellow on the right.

One of von Gloeden’s classic group photographs, three young men of Taormina stand with an easy, natural grace and unaffected confidence - I particularly like the casual cross-legged leaning of the handsome fellow on the right.

jafcord:

1900

I’ve been unable to find out any further information on this photograph from the turn of the century - as always, if any of my readers can enlighten me I shall be glad of the kind contribution and add the details here.
[edit]Not one but two of our fine followers have sent in their thoughts on this photograph -
“This is an anatomical demonstration, the ‘professor’ is pushing down on the model’s arm so that the model’s muscles will stand out as he resists. There was a Canadian anatomist named Lockhart who published a book of similar photos entitled Living Anatomy. I think that this photo is too old to be Lockhart’s, but it is the same genre.”
“I think this is part of the stereo collection of Dr Desbonnet -although I can’t find at this moment where in my blog I put it. Athlete pictured is probably Ernest Cadine.”
My thanks to you both.

jafcord:

  • 1900

I’ve been unable to find out any further information on this photograph from the turn of the century - as always, if any of my readers can enlighten me I shall be glad of the kind contribution and add the details here.

[edit]
Not one but two of our fine followers have sent in their thoughts on this photograph -

This is an anatomical demonstration, the ‘professor’ is pushing down on the model’s arm so that the model’s muscles will stand out as he resists. There was a Canadian anatomist named Lockhart who published a book of similar photos entitled Living Anatomy. I think that this photo is too old to be Lockhart’s, but it is the same genre.”

I think this is part of the stereo collection of Dr Desbonnet -although I can’t find at this moment where in my blog I put it. Athlete pictured is probably Ernest Cadine.

My thanks to you both.

Of unknown date, this makes up one third of a rather awkward and mildly comical set of pictures - though they change position in each, the chap on the right keeps up his resigned smile to camera throughout, while the other’s attentions are ever occupied elsewhere.

Of unknown date, this makes up one third of a rather awkward and mildly comical set of pictures - though they change position in each, the chap on the right keeps up his resigned smile to camera throughout, while the other’s attentions are ever occupied elsewhere.

Auguste Neyt, the amateur model who posed for Auguste Rodin’s magnificent sculpture L’Age d’Airain (The Age of Bronze), in 1877. Unusually, the photographs by Gaudenzio Marconi were produced months after the completion of the work, rather than as reference for times the live model was absent during its creation.- the fascinating full story can be read here.

Auguste Neyt, the amateur model who posed for Auguste Rodin’s magnificent sculpture L’Age d’Airain (The Age of Bronze), in 1877. Unusually, the photographs by Gaudenzio Marconi were produced months after the completion of the work, rather than as reference for times the live model was absent during its creation.- the fascinating full story can be read here.

From the startlingly earthy, erotic Lads and Lore series published by Edmund Edwinstone (real name Edward Mark Slocum) 1910. Stepping away from the high-brow classical scenes of the celebrated Mediterranean photographers of the male nude, the American-based Edwinstone allows mundane modernity into his pictures - the untidy trousers dropped round knees as they admire one another’s obvious arousal. 

From the startlingly earthy, erotic Lads and Lore series published by Edmund Edwinstone (real name Edward Mark Slocum) 1910. Stepping away from the high-brow classical scenes of the celebrated Mediterranean photographers of the male nude, the American-based Edwinstone allows mundane modernity into his pictures - the untidy trousers dropped round knees as they admire one another’s obvious arousal. 

thatanthonyguy:

Nude, 1896
by F. Holland Day

A sublime subtle nude by one of the greats, a restful scene of quiet contemplation in a gorgeous sun-dappled outdoor setting, simply perfect composition, a beautifully easy and relaxed model, and a tangible sense of peace and calm as by cool still water he gazes away into the leafy woods. Oh to feel grass beneath my toes again, I do so miss summer and soft green!

thatanthonyguy:

Nude, 1896

by F. Holland Day

A sublime subtle nude by one of the greats, a restful scene of quiet contemplation in a gorgeous sun-dappled outdoor setting, simply perfect composition, a beautifully easy and relaxed model, and a tangible sense of peace and calm as by cool still water he gazes away into the leafy woods. Oh to feel grass beneath my toes again, I do so miss summer and soft green!

Despite an odd grain to this particular von Gloeden print, nothing can detract from the superb shapely form of this most handsome model - not just the classically beautiful face but what a ravishing physique, lean and defined firm muscle giving him a raw masculinity, warm sun bringing out the veins down his wiry arms in a quite wonderful way!

Despite an odd grain to this particular von Gloeden print, nothing can detract from the superb shapely form of this most handsome model - not just the classically beautiful face but what a ravishing physique, lean and defined firm muscle giving him a raw masculinity, warm sun bringing out the veins down his wiry arms in a quite wonderful way!

A fantastically decorated card mount for a studio picture of two serious fellows in 1870. Smiling for photographs did not become the norm until much later, leading to false assumptions that the Victorians were a rather glum and staid set of folk - I’m sure they looked much happier when they first saw the print of their picture together.

A fantastically decorated card mount for a studio picture of two serious fellows in 1870. Smiling for photographs did not become the norm until much later, leading to false assumptions that the Victorians were a rather glum and staid set of folk - I’m sure they looked much happier when they first saw the print of their picture together.

I am perfectly thrilled to see another shot from this Edwardian set, the diverse and delightfully dirty outdoor antics of these two gentlemen being one of the most notorious early pornographic photoshoots in existence. Undaunted by the risk of discovery, they fearlessly - perhaps recklessly - indulge their desires before the camera, and while the distribution of these pictures would have been secretive and limited in their own day, today they have become quite the stars, and how pleased they would be to know how easily and openly we may share and appreciate such steamy stuff today!

I am perfectly thrilled to see another shot from this Edwardian set, the diverse and delightfully dirty outdoor antics of these two gentlemen being one of the most notorious early pornographic photoshoots in existence. Undaunted by the risk of discovery, they fearlessly - perhaps recklessly - indulge their desires before the camera, and while the distribution of these pictures would have been secretive and limited in their own day, today they have become quite the stars, and how pleased they would be to know how easily and openly we may share and appreciate such steamy stuff today!

One of Guglielmo Plüschow’s more famous photographs, oft included in a more brief summary of the era as one of the outstanding examples of his work; and yet in providing so many pictures from his catalogue, I have somehow missed one of the best-known. Depicted in gorgeous close-up, picking up the fine details lost in the larger scenes - this is a nude in which we can really appreciate the body displayed : each crease in his skin, the beautiful contours and casually elegant pose, the light catching the outline of his nipple against the darker background, and I wonder are the spots merely damage to the aging print, or moles upon his skin? I like to think the latter; those imperfections which add to beauty wherever they are, not only when appearing on the face.

One of Guglielmo Plüschow’s more famous photographs, oft included in a more brief summary of the era as one of the outstanding examples of his work; and yet in providing so many pictures from his catalogue, I have somehow missed one of the best-known. Depicted in gorgeous close-up, picking up the fine details lost in the larger scenes - this is a nude in which we can really appreciate the body displayed : each crease in his skin, the beautiful contours and casually elegant pose, the light catching the outline of his nipple against the darker background, and I wonder are the spots merely damage to the aging print, or moles upon his skin? I like to think the latter; those imperfections which add to beauty wherever they are, not only when appearing on the face.

Tucked into glorious overblown gilded frame, a touching portrait of two handsome sailors from the late 19th Century, with subtly hand-tinted cheeks. It is a pity their hat bands bear no ship’s name as it is always fascinating to find out that bit more about the background to these isolates images of unknown men.I’ve added a convenient tag for these splendid gold frames and other decorative mounts, gathered together here.

Tucked into glorious overblown gilded frame, a touching portrait of two handsome sailors from the late 19th Century, with subtly hand-tinted cheeks. It is a pity their hat bands bear no ship’s name as it is always fascinating to find out that bit more about the background to these isolates images of unknown men.
I’ve added a convenient tag for these splendid gold frames and other decorative mounts, gathered together here.

Adding to my small but lovely collection of pictures by Frank Eugene, unfortunately I’ve been unable to find the title or year for this photograph so if any of my ever-knowledgeable readers have the missing details, please do enlighten me.

Adding to my small but lovely collection of pictures by Frank Eugene, unfortunately I’ve been unable to find the title or year for this photograph so if any of my ever-knowledgeable readers have the missing details, please do enlighten me.