Today we have a rare all-color series featuring nudist men and boats.
Saturday, March 6, 2021
Friday, March 5, 2021
By the early 1950s, beefcake photographers and artists were putting out calendars to show
off their work and make extra money. Today I'm featuring an assortment of these, starting
with this photo of Bill Williams taken by Rod Crowther for Fizeek magazine's 1965 number.
The emphasis in this one is clearly on the man and not what day it might be.
Bob Delmonteque is said to have been the publisher of this 1955 calendar.
If so, it would be one of the earlier efforts he made beyond modeling, and he wisely
used photos of himself in about half the months, including June shown here.
This is from a 1964 promotional calendar put out by Bob Mizer of AMG to sell his movies. It is virtually unusable as an actual calendar due to the choppy format of having a picture for every week instead of every month. It did, however, allow Mizer to promote over 50 vs. 12 of his films.
This is another calendar photo attributed to Tom of Finland, and it features Navy men.
The drawing is indeed vintage, but I should note that Tom's estate is still putting out calendars of his work as I write this. He died almost 30 years ago, but why not? It's still great stuff.
Thursday, March 4, 2021
Today we look at a cross section of 20th Century nude photos of Australian men. Percy Grainger was a musician, composer, and arranger who was born in Melbourne, Australia, but eventually settled in the USA (1914) after studying in Germany and London. Ironically, he left the UK as a World War I draft dodger, but ended up enlisting in the US Army as a bandsman in 1917, becoming a citizen in 1918. If the date on these nude photos is correct, they were made while he lived in London.