Classic nudist camps, colonies, and resorts often had quite evolved facilities, including canteens that dispensed refreshments. Today we look at some scenes of that sort, starting with this young bearded man with a Coca Cola at the appropriately named Swallows Sun Island Club.
Monday, November 30, 2020
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Lon of New York, aka Alonzo Hanagan, was fond of Italian models, so today I am
featuring them in a 10-piece series. We start with Frank Giardina, a model who had
a close personal relationship with Lon and learned the skills of physique photography
from him. And lest we forget, I need to mention that Lon Hanagan was beaten, arrested,
jailed, fined, and forced into psychiatric treatment for distributing photos like these.
Saturday, November 28, 2020
This is the only known frontal nude photo of Eugen Sandow (1867-1925), the German strongman and showman. He became a guru of fitness and male beauty when he moved to London in 1889, and he traveled the world attracting huge crowds of male and female fans. While in the USA for an extended time in the early 1890s, he lived with his musical accompanist who was rumored to be his gay lover. These rumors were reinforced when Sandow's wife burned all his personal letters and papers upon his death and buried him in an unmarked grave. (A fan later provided a handsome marker.) Sometime around 1900, he agreed to be cast in plaster for a statue in London, and that session is the subject of most of our photos today. This seems to be the start of the process.
Eugen Sandow was quite frequently willing to have his derriere photographed, but the preceding photo from the plaster molding session is the only known frontal nude of him. We do, however, have a large number of fig leaf photos, some of which are quite appealing.