A second gorgeous, deeply homoerotic Galdi photograph from a matching pair (perhaps, we might hope, from a larger set with further delights still to be discovered), the first to be seen here. Again one young man of outstanding natural beauty lies in languid abandon, displaying his masculine perfection with a certain shameless confidence, while his more modest companion looks on in quiet admiration.

A second gorgeous, deeply homoerotic Galdi photograph from a matching pair (perhaps, we might hope, from a larger set with further delights still to be discovered), the first to be seen here. Again one young man of outstanding natural beauty lies in languid abandon, displaying his masculine perfection with a certain shameless confidence, while his more modest companion looks on in quiet admiration.

Artistically photographed by George Steckel in 1894, with great clarity and perfect lighting : one of the most flattering shots of the famed Eugen Sandow. 

Artistically photographed by George Steckel in 1894, with great clarity and perfect lighting : one of the most flattering shots of the famed Eugen Sandow

An extremely generous submission, this, as the kind reader who sent it in actually bought the photograph in order to submit a copy to this very blog. My thanks, Jim, for your effort and expense in adding a lovely picture to this collection.He says ‘Not erotic but interesting nonetheless…Embossed on the mounting board beneath the picture is “Fort Sheridan, Illinois”.’

An extremely generous submission, this, as the kind reader who sent it in actually bought the photograph in order to submit a copy to this very blog. My thanks, Jim, for your effort and expense in adding a lovely picture to this collection.
He says ‘Not erotic but interesting nonetheless…Embossed on the mounting board beneath the picture is “Fort Sheridan, Illinois”.

What a beautiful scene from F. Holland Day, none seem as exquisitely adept at capturing the heavenly, otherworldly atmosphere as he, with his hazy, ghostly scenes of lovely young men adrift in timeless woodland glades and secret places among the rocks. We can also, perhaps, see this same model cradling a lyre, here.

What a beautiful scene from F. Holland Day, none seem as exquisitely adept at capturing the heavenly, otherworldly atmosphere as he, with his hazy, ghostly scenes of lovely young men adrift in timeless woodland glades and secret places among the rocks. We can also, perhaps, see this same model cradling a lyre, here.

A late nineteenth or early twentieth century portrait, featuring not just two fine fellows in smart suits and smashing hats, but one of those wonderful wildly creative wicker chairs I’ve coveted so very much since beginning this collection!

A late nineteenth or early twentieth century portrait, featuring not just two fine fellows in smart suits and smashing hats, but one of those wonderful wildly creative wicker chairs I’ve coveted so very much since beginning this collection!

Adding to my ever-growing little collection of Vincenzo Galdi as model not photographer, this sweet shot from the 1890s, a dash more decorous than most as he covers more than he reveals.

Adding to my ever-growing little collection of Vincenzo Galdi as model not photographer, this sweet shot from the 1890s, a dash more decorous than most as he covers more than he reveals.

Unknown male model, circa 1880 - an isolated image with no information attached : if anyone out there knows the creator or date for this striking photograph, or even what work of art his image was used as reference for, I would be pleased to add the details here. 

Unknown male model, circa 1880 - an isolated image with no information attached : if anyone out there knows the creator or date for this striking photograph, or even what work of art his image was used as reference for, I would be pleased to add the details here. 

An intriguing photograph from Wilhelm von Gloeden, I cannot help but wonder if it represents some mythical scene which escapes me; the huddled figure in the sand overlooked with mournful solemnity by two who perhaps failed to save him - or rather his character - from drowning?

An intriguing photograph from Wilhelm von Gloeden, I cannot help but wonder if it represents some mythical scene which escapes me; the huddled figure in the sand overlooked with mournful solemnity by two who perhaps failed to save him - or rather his character - from drowning?

This evening I’ve had the good fortune to receive an image and enquiry from a fellow enthusiast of antique erotic photographs. Although I’ve posted this very picture before (my other copy perhaps a little clearer and pleasantly sepia-toned), I’m more than happy to answer your questions, and share it with those who may not be familiar with this spectacular titlating tableau!
I would estimate a date in the 1880s or 1890s - a remarkable number of pornographic images were created around this time, with distinctive models and individual studios’ backdrops being recognisable in various sets.However, all is not as it seems with this delightful piece - you are by no means the first to take it at face value and assume an orgy of impressive proportions was taking place : but look a little closer. This is in fact a composite image of six seperate photographs, carefully trimmed and pasted into one intricate scene, which was then reproduced as a print. The most obvious join can be seen just right of centre, from the tip of the fellow’s black-socked toe to the lower edge. Just one of these pictures has emerged alone, unedited - the rest are still waiting to be found and shared with the modern audience.

This evening I’ve had the good fortune to receive an image and enquiry from a fellow enthusiast of antique erotic photographs. Although I’ve posted this very picture before (my other copy perhaps a little clearer and pleasantly sepia-toned), I’m more than happy to answer your questions, and share it with those who may not be familiar with this spectacular titlating tableau!

I would estimate a date in the 1880s or 1890s - a remarkable number of pornographic images were created around this time, with distinctive models and individual studios’ backdrops being recognisable in various sets.
However, all is not as it seems with this delightful piece - you are by no means the first to take it at face value and assume an orgy of impressive proportions was taking place : but look a little closer. This is in fact a composite image of six seperate photographs, carefully trimmed and pasted into one intricate scene, which was then reproduced as a print. The most obvious join can be seen just right of centre, from the tip of the fellow’s black-socked toe to the lower edge. Just one of these pictures has emerged alone, unedited - the rest are still waiting to be found and shared with the modern audience.

Taken in 1910 by Edmund Edwinstone, this solo portrait appears more subtle, a little more acceptable to the tastes of the age, when male nudity was little depicted and rarely regarded as of any intellectual value. Edwinstone was perhaps less concerned with artistic convention than others, seeking to capture an open, unabashed homoeroticism - particularly with his pictures featuring two models, each pair seen sharing their unblushing sexual arousal and their amusement to be photographed thus.

Taken in 1910 by Edmund Edwinstone, this solo portrait appears more subtle, a little more acceptable to the tastes of the age, when male nudity was little depicted and rarely regarded as of any intellectual value. Edwinstone was perhaps less concerned with artistic convention than others, seeking to capture an open, unabashed homoeroticism - particularly with his pictures featuring two models, each pair seen sharing their unblushing sexual arousal and their amusement to be photographed thus.

"Now Sir, you give me your word, you shall not venture out in the cold without this fur-trimmed overcoat!”How curious, I should happen across a second 19th century photograph to feature stern pointing, so soon after the last.

"Now Sir, you give me your word, you shall not venture out in the cold without this fur-trimmed overcoat!”
How curious, I should happen across a second 19th century photograph to feature stern pointing, so soon after the last.

A statuesque figure of classical beauty, this man captured so perfectly in his prime is no anonymous model, no moment of a life unknown, but Ivan G. Myasoedov, Russian painter and celebrated early bodybuilder. He was a great supporter of the naturist movement, and performed in public to display his fine physique to admiring audiences - he would be delighted, I believe, to have his nude photograph shared among so many appreciative souls today! A full and fascinating biography of his life can be read here.

A statuesque figure of classical beauty, this man captured so perfectly in his prime is no anonymous model, no moment of a life unknown, but Ivan G. Myasoedov, Russian painter and celebrated early bodybuilder. He was a great supporter of the naturist movement, and performed in public to display his fine physique to admiring audiences - he would be delighted, I believe, to have his nude photograph shared among so many appreciative souls today! A full and fascinating biography of his life can be read here.

One of Wilhelm von Gloeden’s most beautiful male models, Pasqualino (Pascquale Stracuzzi), reclining in sinuous, curvaceous grace, as he gently cradles a small black dog : von Gloeden’s own, her name is Nedda and she appears most at home in his tender arms. A kind donation from previous contributor John, scanned from his own collection - I thank you wholeheartledly, sir, you have very fine taste indeed!

One of Wilhelm von Gloeden’s most beautiful male models, Pasqualino (Pascquale Stracuzzi), reclining in sinuous, curvaceous grace, as he gently cradles a small black dog : von Gloeden’s own, her name is Nedda and she appears most at home in his tender arms. A kind donation from previous contributor John, scanned from his own collection - I thank you wholeheartledly, sir, you have very fine taste indeed!

I just love the poses in this 19th century picture - these two dashing chaps assume a laid-back air of comfortable nonchalance, it look as though they arrange themselves on intricately cast plasterwork props as a matter of course, nothing the slightest bit out of the ordinary here, oh no sir! 

I just love the poses in this 19th century picture - these two dashing chaps assume a laid-back air of comfortable nonchalance, it look as though they arrange themselves on intricately cast plasterwork props as a matter of course, nothing the slightest bit out of the ordinary here, oh no sir! 

Another magnificent shot of Ange Camilli, published as a postcard by Alfred Noyer in Paris, c.1920. I intend to collect the full set of these brilliant, brightly lit and lovely pictures, there are several more (you can see those already posted here).

Another magnificent shot of Ange Camilli, published as a postcard by Alfred Noyer in Paris, c.1920. I intend to collect the full set of these brilliant, brightly lit and lovely pictures, there are several more (you can see those already posted here).