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.

An 1859 ambrotype of a nude man, by George Prentice - we do not see many nudes framed so, mostly academic studies being used for artists’ reference and printed on paper for durability, or secret possessions tucked away for private pleasure and not set out on display![credits sourced here where the picture was sold]

An 1859 ambrotype of a nude man, by George Prentice - we do not see many nudes framed so, mostly academic studies being used for artists’ reference and printed on paper for durability, or secret possessions tucked away for private pleasure and not set out on display!
[credits sourced here where the picture was sold]

A gorgeous donation from Openshirtlover (a blog which, by the way, may be relevant to at least one of our shared interests, dear readers!), this beautifully sharp and uncropped copy of a photo I’ve featured before but not so clear or unspoilt! Taken in France, in the 1890s - the same studio and indeed the same flamboyantly patterned bed as seen in this similarly salacious picture!

A gorgeous donation from Openshirtlover (a blog which, by the way, may be relevant to at least one of our shared interests, dear readers!), this beautifully sharp and uncropped copy of a photo I’ve featured before but not so clear or unspoilt! Taken in France, in the 1890s - the same studio and indeed the same flamboyantly patterned bed as seen in this similarly salacious picture!

Utterly charming, this paper moon photograph likely dates to the latter years of the 19th century - one fellow enjoys a bottled beer while the other kindly donates his drink to the man in the moon (hopefully in gesture only, with an empty bottle; otherwise he just made a frightful mess of his jacket behind the painted cut-out!)

Utterly charming, this paper moon photograph likely dates to the latter years of the 19th century - one fellow enjoys a bottled beer while the other kindly donates his drink to the man in the moon (hopefully in gesture only, with an empty bottle; otherwise he just made a frightful mess of his jacket behind the painted cut-out!)

Photographed by Guglielmo Plüschow in Sicily, circa 1895, the dark fabric held high to create a striking contrast and highlight the fine outlines of his body.

Photographed by Guglielmo Plüschow in Sicily, circa 1895, the dark fabric held high to create a striking contrast and highlight the fine outlines of his body.

Seeming to take great enjoyment in this deliciously daring photoshoot by Vincenzo Galdi, both models wear smouldering smiles as they act out their desires in the studio; sensual carnal pleasures made all the more intense and erotically exciting by the thought of being captured on camera to inspire lustful thoughts in others of the same tastes. These two young men from early 20th century Rome have performed for us before, here and here, quite unmistakable and unforgettable : for their scenes, their distinctive striped clothing, and that naturally blessed man’s magnificent endowment!

Seeming to take great enjoyment in this deliciously daring photoshoot by Vincenzo Galdi, both models wear smouldering smiles as they act out their desires in the studio; sensual carnal pleasures made all the more intense and erotically exciting by the thought of being captured on camera to inspire lustful thoughts in others of the same tastes.
These two young men from early 20th century Rome have performed for us before, here and here, quite unmistakable and unforgettable : for their scenes, their distinctive striped clothing, and that naturally blessed man’s magnificent endowment!

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Found and Lost on Ebay

DAGUERREOTYPE OF TWO DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMEN W/ HATS

Top picture adjusted for perspective and contrast.

Seller: artsoulantiques

What a gorgeous daguerreotype portrait, in its original beautifully detailed elaborate frame and protective leather binding, and very appealing sitters : the chap on the left especially handsome! I do like their splendid smart dress, especially the hats; a topper at worn a jaunty angle while the other favours a quirky style with a lovely wide brim.