A stunning solo portrait by the great Wilhelm von Gloeden, a serious-faced, sultry-looking young man, so beautifully bedecked with a garland of flowers, naturally lit with sunlight and deep shadow to bring out the lovely contours of his face and shoulders.

A stunning solo portrait by the great Wilhelm von Gloeden, a serious-faced, sultry-looking young man, so beautifully bedecked with a garland of flowers, naturally lit with sunlight and deep shadow to bring out the lovely contours of his face and shoulders.

Immaculately turned out chaps from the latter part of the 19th Century, their affectionate close companionship clear in the easy intimacy of their pose together.

Immaculately turned out chaps from the latter part of the 19th Century, their affectionate close companionship clear in the easy intimacy of their pose together.

wild-bill-jones:

Karl Bulla - A wrestler, 1912
From the St Petersburg Archive of Cinema and Photo Documents

For the wrestling fans, of which we seem to have an ever-growing number!

wild-bill-jones:

Karl Bulla - A wrestler, 1912

From the St Petersburg Archive of Cinema and Photo Documents

For the wrestling fans, of which we seem to have an ever-growing number!

Oh, how magnetic those eyes, those deep-set and dark-shadowed soulful eyes! To have known him in life, to have the gaze of those big brown eyes fall upon my own! Tear your attention away from them, if you can, and dwell a little on the other details which make him so appealing; the well-muscled arm, the smooth spread of his chest, dark and curling hair trailing up a toned stomach, heat-swelled veins standing out on the elegantly draped forearm. A picture of masculine perfection! It seems churlish to point out any slight error with such a wonderful depiction of the full bloom of youthful manhood, and yet there is a fault - the focus picks up sharply on the flowers behind, leaving him just a little blurred. I can see why the photograph was not discarded for the error, who could resist treasuring this young man’s image!

Oh, how magnetic those eyes, those deep-set and dark-shadowed soulful eyes! To have known him in life, to have the gaze of those big brown eyes fall upon my own! Tear your attention away from them, if you can, and dwell a little on the other details which make him so appealing; the well-muscled arm, the smooth spread of his chest, dark and curling hair trailing up a toned stomach, heat-swelled veins standing out on the elegantly draped forearm. A picture of masculine perfection! It seems churlish to point out any slight error with such a wonderful depiction of the full bloom of youthful manhood, and yet there is a fault - the focus picks up sharply on the flowers behind, leaving him just a little blurred. I can see why the photograph was not discarded for the error, who could resist treasuring this young man’s image!

Surely a contender for the most bizarre caption ever attached to a vintage picture, the strips of text on this photograph by Frank Eugene Smith in 1900 read as follows :Keep a Movin’! For Monkey * Fan * Tiger or Dove Dough or Fame: Same Old Game as LoveOddness of that inscription aside, the image itself shows Eugene’s characteristic flair for composition, lighting, and the most dramatic, captivating of poses; a master of early art photography.

Surely a contender for the most bizarre caption ever attached to a vintage picture, the strips of text on this photograph by Frank Eugene Smith in 1900 read as follows :
Keep a Movin’! For Monkey * Fan * Tiger or Dove
Dough or Fame: Same Old Game as Love
Oddness of that inscription aside, the image itself shows Eugene’s characteristic flair for composition, lighting, and the most dramatic, captivating of poses; a master of early art photography.

For all those enthusiasts of the peculiarities and extraordinary eccentricities of mens’ swimwear in times gone by! Photographed near the beach of Coney Island, August the 15th, 1907 - all that is left lacking is the names for this pair sharing a seaside souvenir picture. One appears chipper and confident, while the other seems less certain about sitting before the camera!

For all those enthusiasts of the peculiarities and extraordinary eccentricities of mens’ swimwear in times gone by! Photographed near the beach of Coney Island, August the 15th, 1907 - all that is left lacking is the names for this pair sharing a seaside souvenir picture. One appears chipper and confident, while the other seems less certain about sitting before the camera!

An uncommon angle from which to view a model, but interesting nonetheless!

An uncommon angle from which to view a model, but interesting nonetheless!

A beautiful photograph of dancer Ted Shawn, taken in 1917, and signed to a fan some time after.

A beautiful photograph of dancer Ted Shawn, taken in 1917, and signed to a fan some time after.

Another image so evocative of midsummer heat; those endless afternoons when nothing tempts so much as lying lazy in the sunshine in a haze of insect hum and scent of flowers on the breeze. Languidly draped on the terrace behind his home, two of von Gloeden’s lovely Sicilian models soak up the sunshine, a sweetly subtle homoeroticism in the gentle way one gazes upon the body of the other as he rests, oblivious to the world around him, or the admiring attention he and his companion will receive all down the decades to present day.

Another image so evocative of midsummer heat; those endless afternoons when nothing tempts so much as lying lazy in the sunshine in a haze of insect hum and scent of flowers on the breeze. Languidly draped on the terrace behind his home, two of von Gloeden’s lovely Sicilian models soak up the sunshine, a sweetly subtle homoeroticism in the gentle way one gazes upon the body of the other as he rests, oblivious to the world around him, or the admiring attention he and his companion will receive all down the decades to present day.

vintagehandsomemen:

Men nude on a river from the 1910’s.

Two magnificent muscular chaps enjoying the great outdoors and the simple summer pleasure of sun on bare skin - a small pity we cannot see the mens’ reflections in their entirity, but a brilliant shot nonetheless.

vintagehandsomemen:

Men nude on a river from the 1910’s.

Two magnificent muscular chaps enjoying the great outdoors and the simple summer pleasure of sun on bare skin - a small pity we cannot see the mens’ reflections in their entirity, but a brilliant shot nonetheless.

Unlike Eakins, who created his own reference photographs using his friends and students to act out the required poses, Louis Jean-Baptiste Igout took artfully lit pictures of artists’ models in his studio, which were then sold to those in need of anatomical reference material. Much cheaper than hiring a life model, a great many artists and students were able to make use of these helpful prints, published by A. Calavas of France, c1880.

Unlike Eakins, who created his own reference photographs using his friends and students to act out the required poses, Louis Jean-Baptiste Igout took artfully lit pictures of artists’ models in his studio, which were then sold to those in need of anatomical reference material. Much cheaper than hiring a life model, a great many artists and students were able to make use of these helpful prints, published by A. Calavas of France, c1880.

Given the rather unwieldy but thoroughly descriptive title Male nude, poised to throw rock, facing right, in wooded landscape this photograph by Thomas Eakins dates to 1883.

Given the rather unwieldy but thoroughly descriptive title Male nude, poised to throw rock, facing right, in wooded landscape this photograph by Thomas Eakins dates to 1883.

What a gorgeous picture by Plüschow, this fantastically fine young man posed amid sumptuous furs and fabrics, with a natural grace and poise which perfectly displays his exquisite long limbs. Though there is nothing about him which is not beautiful, I find my eye ever drawn to his handsome face; the flawless profile, the downturned corner of his lips, the angle of his jaw - a timeless maculine beauty.

What a gorgeous picture by Plüschow, this fantastically fine young man posed amid sumptuous furs and fabrics, with a natural grace and poise which perfectly displays his exquisite long limbs. Though there is nothing about him which is not beautiful, I find my eye ever drawn to his handsome face; the flawless profile, the downturned corner of his lips, the angle of his jaw - a timeless maculine beauty.

vintagehandsomemen:

Billy Wood (c. 1913)
[loc.gov]

If only more photographs were annotated this way, it is always a pleasure to know what name belongs with the models we see! Unfortunately I’ve not been able to find any biographical details for this particular Billy Wood, so if anyone knows more about him, do let me know and I’ll be glad to add a little about his life.
[edit to add - My thanks to wrestlingfred who sent the following : a user on Flickr suggests different William Wood possibly to be the model: amongst them British wrestler at the 1908 Summer Olympics.

vintagehandsomemen:

Billy Wood (c. 1913)

[loc.gov]

If only more photographs were annotated this way, it is always a pleasure to know what name belongs with the models we see! Unfortunately I’ve not been able to find any biographical details for this particular Billy Wood, so if anyone knows more about him, do let me know and I’ll be glad to add a little about his life.

[edit to add - My thanks to wrestlingfred who sent the following : 
a user on Flickr suggests different William Wood possibly to be the model: amongst them British wrestler at the 1908 Summer Olympics.

An affectionate pair from the late 19th Century, the fellow on the left sporting some wonderful striped trousers! One thing I’ve noted in all my persual of old pictures is the seemingly universal habit of fastening only the top button of a jacket, as opposed to today’s more usual choice of middle button (or third if four are present), and I readily admit I do sometimes now do up my own top button rather than a lower one as a nod to the fashion of former times.

An affectionate pair from the late 19th Century, the fellow on the left sporting some wonderful striped trousers!
One thing I’ve noted in all my persual of old pictures is the seemingly universal habit of fastening only the top button of a jacket, as opposed to today’s more usual choice of middle button (or third if four are present), and I readily admit I do sometimes now do up my own top button rather than a lower one as a nod to the fashion of former times.