Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Chuck Renslow/Kris Day

It's been too long since I did a full 10-piece set of Kris photos by Chuck Renslow, 
so here we go.  Our first model is the hirsute, hung and handsome Jimmy Martin.



Rocky Lanz looks good hanging over the edge 
of Chuck Renslow's Mid-Century Modern sofa cushions.


Don and the soap

Oh, no!  Don Dunn (sometimes spelled Dunne) has bent over to pick up the soap.
His expressions makes me pretty certain he's in on the joke.


Daily Duo with Harry and Bob

Our pair of the day is made up of Harry Heflin and Bob Thompson.
I think the room may be about to warm up.



I've always wondered why some otherwise excellent photographers took shots (or cropped them) where the top of the model's head is cut off.  While I find that mildly disconcerting, it doesn't keep me from enjoying and posting them, especially when they are a good as this one of Bill Griffin.



Jock Valjean seems to be dealing with a knotty situation.  With a name like Jock, I'm left 
wondering why Chuck Renslow didn't have him pose in one instead of that posing pouch.



I can't tell if Steve Kotis is heading out the door or about to let someone in.
Imagine having him greet you at the door like that.



Our only reclining model in today's Kris set is a very good one, Tom Cowans.


Charming Kip

A charming Kip Behar is believed to have posed for Kris
 on one of Chuck Renslow's visits to Los Angeles.



Chuck Renslow posed Vic Janowicz with a sword and a slight smile.

All of today's photos are used with the kind permission of the 
copyright holder, Leather Archive and Museum of Chicago.


Tuesday, January 31, 2023


For the last day of January, I have a group of models for you to enjoy.  Since one of you recently mentioned that he never gets tired of the St. Sebastian motif, we'll begin with this.  The year was 1943, and the model was Guido Fabiani posing for Giovanni Colacicchi.  The artist had evacuated with his family from Florence to the town of Vallombrosa which, despite being under German/Fascist occupation, was safer.  Being tied to a rough tree for hours on end was so painful that Sr. Fabiani moaned and cried out at times, leading a passerby to think the Fascists were torturing somebody inside.  Now that's what I call atmospheric authenticity for posing.



The students' clothing makes me think this art class was in the 1930s.
"Rowan" was the only note on the file.  Photographer?


Live Installation

Above is an artist prepping his model for one of those live installation pieces from the 1970s 
where the model was the art.  Below, he seems to be checking out the finished work.


Unknown, to me at least

I really like this photo of an elderly artist and his model, but I haven't a clue 
as to who the painter is.  If anyone knows, please post in the comments.



This is supposed to be a postcard (French, no doubt) from 1910
showing a model taking a turn at being the artist.


Monday, January 30, 2023

Physique Pictorial, Volume 27

 The Bill D. Collection II

It's been an embarrassingly long time since I posted an item from the collection of classic physique magazines so generously donated (physically, no less) by Bill D. of Palm Springs.  So today we will digitally thumb through Volume XXVII of Bob Mizer's Physique Pictorial from 1975.  You will have seen some of these images before because they are among Mr. Mizer's best, having appeared here and on other blogs.  I am not commenting on individual pages because I think Bob Mizer did that quite well enough in the original.  (I scanned these at sufficient resolution that you should be able to enlarge them to read all the interesting text.)  I will, however, reply to questions and tasteful comments as always.  So sit back and enjoy an issue of Physique Pictorial that I think is among the very best.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Bill D.  
You can't know how much I value your generosity.

Front Cover


Pgs. 2-3


Pgs. 4-5


Pgs. 6-7


Pgs. 8-9


Pgs. 10-11


Pgs. 12-13


Pgs. 14-15


Pgs. 16-17


Pgs. 18-19


Pgs. 20-21


Pgs. 22-23


Pgs. 24-25


Pgs. 26-27


Pgs. 28-29


Pgs. 30-31


Back Cover

Bob Mizer chose an old posing strap picture of Joseph Schaller for the back cover of Volume XXVII.
I'd like to once again than Bill D. for his wonderful generosity.